OMAHA, Neb. — The No. 7 seed Ohio State baseball team dropped an 8-2 contest to the No. 2 seed Purdue Boilermakers Wednesday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park. With the loss, the Buckeyes will face No. 6 seed Iowa at 10 a.m. ET Thursday in an elimination game live on BTN. The contest also will be on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.
“I thought Curlis got through five innings pretty clean and pitched well,” head coach Greg Beals. “It seemed like the third time through the lineup got tougher for him and we couldn’t get out of that six inning. They had their big five-run inning and Tanner Andrews did a good job settling in for them. We got on his fastball early in the game, but then he started establishing his breaking ball and we were chasing it down. This team has fought all year. These guys have worked hard and I’m excited, not to be in the losers bracket, but to see what they bring to the ball park tomorrow.”
- The Buckeyes struck the board first with two runs on three hits in the top of the first against Purdue right-handed pitcher Tanner Andrews. With two down, Tyler Cowles knocked a 1-1 pitch the other way into the gap in right center for a two-run double. Kobie Foppe and Conner Pohl scored on the play.
- Junior left-handed starter Connor Curlis got out of an early jam in the bottom of the first when he struck out Jacson McGowan before Jacob Barnwell threw out Nick Dalesandro at third base.
- The Boilermakers tied it a 2-all with two runs in the bottom of the third. A RBI ground out by Harry Shipley scored the first run before a RBI single by Dalesandro knotted the score at two. Cowles threw out the go-ahead run from left field with a laser to Barnwell at the plate to end the third.
- Purdue took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth when Shipley singled up the middle to score Alec Olund. A double play ball ended the fifth to keep it a one-run deficit.
- Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik relieved Curlis on the mound with no down and two in the bottom of the sixth. The Boilermakers plated five runs on a RBI ground out, RBI single and three-run double to open the game, 8-2. Curlis threw five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks to fall to 7-4. Michalik allowed three runs on two hits with two walks. Yianni Pavlopoulos threw two scoreless innings on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
- Andrews claimed the complete game-win, scattering six hits on two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk.
- The Buckeyes drop to 6-3 all-time vs. the Boilermakers in the Big Ten Tournament.
- Cowles extended his hit streak to a team-high 11 games. He has knocked 17 doubles and driven in 48 runs this season.
- Canzone’s eight-game hit streak was snapped today. Barnwell’s 11-game reached base streak ended vs. the Boilermakers.
- Reached base streaks: Cowles (12) and Foppe (11).
- Cowles leads the Buckeyes with six outfield assists in 2018.
- Michalik made his 91st career appearance, tying former Buckeye Eric Best for sixth in OSU history.
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
- Gameday in Omaha. No better place to be for a college baseball player or fan. The team’s hotel is directly across the street from TD Ameritrade Park. The boys woke up, opened the curtains and saw that majestic stadium. Immediate goose bumps. It was time for postseason baseball.
- Athletic Trainer Paul Dawson got a head start on the day at the park and watched the first couple innings of the Michigan-Iowa game. He wandered over around 8:30 a.m. and had a delicious brat in hand by 8:46 a.m. Impressive. Ketchup, mustard, but no stadium mustard. He was slightly disappointed about the lack of stadium sauce, but then he turned around and saw that gorgeous backdrop and smiled. The cathedral of college baseball. The palace of Omaha. A mound made for dogpiles.
- Ohio State play-by-play radio announcer Matt Andrews was the second Buckeye to arrive at the stadium. He had a game plan too. After all, he is a professional. He set up shop in the far right corner radio booth in the press box. Just a little more countertop in booth No. 1. Also, the winning booth of 2016. A little Paul Keels karma never hurt anybody. Andrews was in heaven. Big league booth. Blinds to block the Omaha summer sun, plenty of cushion on the chairs. Big time. These things matter.
- The press box spread was big league too. The best part about it? The seasoned chips with a slight hint of garlic powder. The OSU SID would like to request French onion dip for tomorrow if possible. Maybe some sauce too. On the side.
- During the team’s pregame stretch in right field. The shouts of “Nennig” were heard from the older guys. On the big and bright scoreboard behind the right field wall, the stadium was showing Big Ten Tournament records. Former Buckeye Craig Nennig holds the tournament record for steals with six during the 2016 title run. NENNIG!
- Pretty cool moment before first pitch. Noah McGowan had a surprise. His brother, Cole, greeted him with a hug. Cole hasn’t seen his brother play in the Scarlet and Gray. No better time to see your brother than in his final postseason as a Buckeye.
- Matt Andrews was already living his best life. He was in baseball heaven. But to top it off, he caught a foul ball in the bottom of the first. His broadcast partner Bob Spears literally predicted it just moments before it happened. Unreal. Magic does happen in Omaha.