March 9, 2018

Ohio State Homers Three Times in 8-6 Win Friday

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March 9, 2018

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CONWAY, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team powered three home runs on 12 hits, while the bullpen held off a late rally to help the Buckeyes win, 8-6, over High Point Friday at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. With the win in their opener at the Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic, the Scarlet and Gray improve to 8-4 in 2018 and the Panthers drop to 5-7 this season.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“I told the guys at practice on Wednesday that we are close but we are not there yet,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We need to keep fighting and clawing to get to where we are capable of playing. There was some stuff out there today that was pretty great, and then there’s times that weren’t so great with the strikeouts and defense. We need to find that “it” factor that gets us to where we want to be. Kinker came up huge to get two double play balls after they rallied back within one and Magno’s stuff was electric. He is the piece that we need out in that bullpen.”

IN THE BOX SCORE
Dominic Canzone was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI and Tyler Cowles was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and stolen base. Conner Pohl had a pair of hits, RBI and stolen base and Brady Cherry had two hits with a run scored. Kobie Foppe scored twice today.

On the mound, Connor Curlis improve to 3-0, throwing 5.1 innings on five runs, four earned, six hits, one walk and six strikeouts. Seth Kinker claimed his fourth save of the year after working 1.2 scoreless innings with one strikeout and three hits.

OHIO STATE GETS AHEAD EARLY
The Buckeyes plated three runs on two hits in the top of the first. The big knock came with the bat of Cowles as the OSU left fielder punched a 1-2 fastball through the right side to score both Foppe and Cherry. The squad then put pressure on the base paths on a first and third situation. Pohl beat the throw at the plate with a head-first slide on the double steal for the third run. He drove in the team’s fourth run in the top of third on a single through the left side to push Foppe around.

GOING, GOING, GONE
Canzone made it 6-1 ball game in the top of the fourth when he knocked an opposite field two-run homer over the wall in left field for his of the year. In the fifth, Cowles launched his first home run of the year on a 3-1 pitch for the 7-1 advantage. After the High Point rally, McGowan blasted his fourth home run of the year to make it an 8-6 ball game.

PANTHER RUNS
High Point got on the board in the second when a sac bunt plated JJ Woodard. He began the at-bat with a lead-off double.  The Panthers rallied in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs on five hits and one error. The bases were loaded after a walk, single and error. An RBI single by Tanner Wells followed with a three-run triple by Jordan Sergent. A bunt single scored the team’s sixth run.

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— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) March 9, 2018

BULLPEN CLOSES THE DOOR
With the Panthers clawing back, Ohio State’s bullpen didn’t panic and stayed focus on the next pitch. Michalik threw 1.2 innings on four hits with one run and two strikeouts. He left a runner on third base with a ground out in the bottom of the seventh. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno looked strong on the mound today, throwing 0.1 innings with a strikeout and walk to set up the finish for Kinker.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. ET Saturday against High Point at Springs Brooks Stadium. The Buckeyes will then play No. 24 Coastal Carolina at 3 p.m. ET. Yianni Pavlopoulos gets the ball in game one and Ryan Feltner will be on the bump in game two vs. the Chanticleers. The game vs. Coastal will be streamed online on CCUSports.com ($). Scarlet & Gray Sports Radio, the student radio of Ohio State athletics, will be also covering the game vs. the Chanticleers in game two.

GAME NOTES

  • Today marked the first game between the Buckeyes and High Point.
  • Ohio State had a season-high three home runs.
  • The Buckeyes turned two doubles play today and lead the Big Ten with 15 in 2018.
  • McGowan has a team-high four home runs. He leads the Big Ten with 21 RBI and 16 runs scored.
  • Canzone and Cowles each homered for the first time this year.
  • Cowles extended his career-high hit streak to eight straight games. Canzone has a four-game hit streak.
  • Reached base streaks extended: Cowles (12), Pohl (9), Canzone (4) and McGowan (4).
  • Multi-hit games: McGowan (7), Cowles (5), Canzone (5) and Cherry (4).
  • Multi-RBI games: Cowles (3) and Canzone (3).
  • Kinker leads the Big Ten with four saves. He is eighth on the OSU career appearances list (85) and tied for eighth on the OSU career saves list (13).

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK

  • Waking up to the sound of waves, again. It’s the best. Although it was only around 40 degrees at breakfast time, it still looked warm. That’s all that matters right? What better way to start your gameday than looking out at the ripples of waves crashing into the shoreline on the coast of Myrtle Beach.
  • It’s about a 20-miute drive inland to the campus of Coastal Carolina. The bus playlist had to be a little longer than usual, allowing for more of a wide-range of music. We were able to play the tunes via Bluetooth on the bus. No cords. That’s electric. 
  • Pulling up to Springs Brooks Stadium, it’s a sight to see. Surrounded by palm trees it’s an oasis for baseball fans. The big addition to the ball park since the last time the boys visited in 2016 was the scene of a “beachy” vibe. Approximately 100 Coastal teal Adirondack chairs were lined around the edges of the concourse of the stadium. The fan-favorites have to be the ones located on the top of the grassy hills located down both foul lines. They were grouped with umbrellas in case you get too much of the warm Carolina sun. Coastal SID Mike Cawood said fans arrive early and race through the gates to make sure they claim their own beachy throne for the ball game.
  • Equipment manager John Dunn made the trip with the boys this week. This is the guy you want on your side (he’s in charge of all of the team’s great gear). Although he probably has countless OSU Athletics swag in his closet at home, the six-year veteran with the ball club wore some comfortable jeans in the dugout. He’s just a fun, casual guy.
  • Spacious and comfortable press box at Springs Brooks Stadium. Even cable. The show Friends was on for a while to make it feel just like you were at home. Great Friday vibes from Coastal.