May 17, 2018

Ohio State Rallies to Beat Michigan State, 10-8

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EAST LANSING, Mich.  – The Ohio State baseball team rallied with six runs in the top of the ninth to win, 10-8, over Michigan State Thursday afternoon at Kobs Field at McLane Stadium. Senior first baseman Bo Coolen had a career day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and three doubles. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 34-18 overall and 14-8 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans fall to 18-30 overall and 9-12 in conference action.

“Today is a win and that’s the positive side to it,” head coach Greg Beals said. “There was a lot of baseball that we left out on the field today. We didn’t play very clean but we willl certainly take the win on Thursday. Bo ripped off some really good swings today, there’s no doubt about that. He’s a senior that is taking advantage of his opportunities and I’m really happy for him and how he is playing right now.”

GAME SUMMARY

– Ohio State got on the board first with a two-out RBI single by Conner Pohl against MSU right-handed starter Ethan Landon.

– Michigan State tied the game in the bottom of the third after a dropped ball at second base. Adam Proctor scored on the play.

– The Buckeyes regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Coolen launched his second double of the game into the gap in right center to plate Jacob Barnwell after a two-out walk. The Buckeyes made it a 3-1 game on an infield single by Noah West and MSU throwing error.

– Left-handed starting pitcher Conner Curlisworked five innings in his 14th start of the year. He allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk in a no decision.

– The Spartans scored two times in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Michigan State knocked four straight hits vs. right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik. Ryan King hit a one-out double down the left field line for the go-ahead score. Michalik tossed 0.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits with one walk.

– Tyler Cowles tied the game at 4-all in the top of the seventh on a clutch two-out single to right field off right-handed reliever Jake Lowery. Canzone scored on the play and reached after an error by the MSU pitcher. The inning continued after a walk to Conner Pohl.

– Michigan State regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Proctor knocked a two-out double to the gap in right center off OSU reliever Austin Woodby. He threw 2.1 innings and gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout to improve to 5-0 in 2018.

– The Buckeyes continued to battle and got some help from the Spartan defense in the ninth scoring five times on six hits with four runs and one MSU error. Canzone led off the inning with a single. With two on base, MSU threw the ball away to try to get the force out at third base, allowing Canzone to jog in and tie the game at 5-5. Cowles drove the go-ahead run with a RBI ground out off MSU reliever Riley McCauley. A two-run single by Dillon Dingler, RBI double by Coolen and infield single by Canzone put the Buckeyes ahead by five heading into the bottom of the ninth.

– The Spartans fought back to get within two runs of the Buckeyes off right-handed reliever Seth Kinker. He allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Canzone caught the final out of the game on the grassy hill in right field right in front of the wall.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Michigan State meet at 4:05 p.m. Friday at Kobs Field. Junior right-handed reliever Ryan Feltner (4-4, 5.05 ERA) squares off vs. redshirt freshman right-handed reliever mason Erla. The contest will be televised live on BTN and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

– The Buckeyes are 19-8 when scoring first this year and 2-0 on games played on Thursday.

– Head coach Greg Beals is one win shy of 100 Big Ten wins at Ohio State.

– Ohio State batted .417 (5-for-12) with two outs today.

– Pohl collected his 48th RBI of the year, which is second-most on the team.

– Coolen had a career-high two doubles today in his 14th start of the year.

– Michalik made his 89th career appearance. He is the Big Ten leader in appearances this season (28).

– Reached base streaks extended: Barnwell (9), Cowles (9), Foppe (8), Pohl (8), Canzone (6), Coolen (5) and West (4).

– Kinker made his 105th career appearance today (program record).

– Woodby is 13-2 in his OSU career.

– Barnwell tied his career high with three walks.

– Noah McGowan’s 10-game reached base streak was snapped today.

– Hit streaks extended: Cowles (8), Canzone (6) and Foppe (5).

– Multi-hit games: Canzone (23), Coolen (2).

– Multi-RBI games: Cowles (9), Dingler (3) and Coolen (2).

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARKGlorious day for a ball game. Just absolutely perfect. It was so nice around campus the Ohio State SID and assistant coach Chris Holick went on a run through campus and “on the banks of the Red Cedar” (that’s how the Michigan State Fight Song begins by the way). East Lansing is beautiful this time of year if you’ve never been. The two even stopped for a morning smoothie. Delicious.

– Excellent pregame meal today too. Caesar salad, fresh breadsticks, grilled chicken and broccoli. You’re choice of sauce too, red sauce or alfredo sauce? What sauce are you? Fun fact, Dominic Canzone’s favorite food is pasta. He is a little bit Italian after all. Matt Angle went with a combination of both sauces. He was in The Show.

– Holick makes the random notes again. You better believe it. Did you know he does yoga before the team takes the field before batting practice? He was seen behind the third-base dugout working on his stretching. The guy stays fit that’s for sure. Best hair in the Big Ten too? Hollywood. It’s a lifestyle.

– It sounded like an autumn day in Big Ten country. You could hear the MSU drumline practicing behind the ballpark during pregame and even after our almost four-hour game today. Football season will be back before you know it. They will be ready to drop the beats. TBDITL all day, every day though.

– Radio analysis Bob Spears spilled his drink today in the press box. Not amused was his broadcast partner Matt Andrews. Bob, didn’t you know that’s a no-no in radio equipment etiquette?

– Welcome to Club McLane. That’s what the Michigan State SID called it. The Spartans BP mix was entirely electronic dance music. That’s really electric. The Spartans took the field to a mash-up of Wonderwall by Oaisis and Tremor by Tiësto. Both dugouts were a zoo. It was time to play ball!

– Seth Kinker had some fun with a squirt gun in the dugout during the game today. Postseason baseball must be near. Who could forget John Havird with the squirt guns during the team’s 2016 Big Ten Tournament title run in Omaha? Man that guy is a character. Hope all is well, “Kobe”. We will see if the team brings them again next week.

– Bo Coolen was the player of the game for the boys. Three doubles for the senior first baseman on three smooth swings. Every time he reached second base, he turned to the dugout and did a celebration dance like one of those hula dashboard dolls. He is from Hawaii after all. Alooooooha Bo!