IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State baseball team split a doubleheader at Iowa on a frigid Saturday at Banks Field. The Buckeyes won game one, 2-1, before falling in game two, 9-5. Ohio State moves to 20-9 overall and 3-2 in B1G play, while the Hawkeyes go to 18-11 overall and 4-3 in conference action.
The series finale vs. the Hawkeyes will begin at 1 p.m. ET from Banks Field. Listen on AM 1460 ESPN or stream the contest on BTN Plus ($).
GAME 1: OHIO STATE 2, IOWA 1
Led by left-handed starting pitcher Connor Curlis, the Buckeyes claimed win No. 20 with a 2-1 win over Iowa in game one of the twinbill. Curlis had another strong start for the boys, limiting the Hawkeyes to one run, scattering six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and two walks. He improved to 5-1 overall this season.
SAVE NO. 7 FOR KINKER
With a runner on and two away in the bottom of the seventh, Beals went to his go-to pitcher out of the bullpen, right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker. The native of Huntington, W. Va., Kinker hit a batter, but got a called strike three against Robert Neustrom to leave a pair and keep the lead. He tossed a scoreless eighth before leaving two on base in the bottom of the ninth with his fourth strikeout, fanning Iowa’s best hitter, lead-off hitter Chris Whelan with an inside fastball to end the game. Kinker struck out four over 2.1 innings and gave up two hits to claim his seventh win of the season.
HAWKEYES SCORE FIRST
The home squad plated the first run in the bottom of the third after a lead-off double and RBI single by Tyler Cropley.
OHIO STATE TAKES THE LEAD
The Buckeyes came right back with two runs on three hits and one Iowa error in the top of the fourth to take the lead vs. Hawkeye left-handed starter Nick Allgeyer. McGowan doubled to start the at-bat. On a 0-2 count, Cowles pulled a pitch through the left side to score McGowan for the 1-1 score. After Dingler reached safely on a dropped fly ball in center field, Barnwell singled up the middle on a 1-2 pitch to push Dingler around for an unearned run and the 2-1 lead.
GAME 2: OHIO STATE 5, IOWA 9
The Hawkeyes scored seven times in the bottom of the first and didn’t give up the lead after that to split the doubleheader. Iowa right-handed starter Brady Schanuel struck out seven with four walks on six hits and three runs to improve to 5-3 this season.
BUCKEYES SCORE FIRST
Ohio State jumped out to a 1-0 lead when McGowan knocked his 14th double down the right field line to score Canzone.
MISCUES LEAD TO BIG INNING FOR IOWA
Iowa scored seven times on five hits and two Buckeye errors in the bottom of the inning to take a six-run advantage. Singles by Austin Guzzo and Lorenzo Elion gave the Black and Gold the lead. A bases-loaded walk, sac fly, two-run double and throwing error plated five more runs for the Hawkeyes.
OTHER BUCKEYE RUNS
Pohl scored Foppe and Canzone on a two-run double in the top of the third to make it a 7-3 contest. Foppe had a RBI single in the ninth. McGowan then drove in his 39th RBI on a RBI single in the ninth.
ON THE MOUND
Right-handed starter Ryan Feltner threw four innings and gave up seven runs, two earned runs, on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks to fall to 3-2 in 2018. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby threw three innings on two hits, two runs, four strikeouts and one walk. Right-handed reliever Jake Vance tossed a scoreless eighth.
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