COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six straight wins for the boys. The Ohio State baseball team swept a doubleheader against CSUN Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Behind a big pitching performance by junior right-hander Ryan Feltner, the Buckeyes won game one, 11-6. The team pulled away in game two with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 7-3 in game two. With their first series sweep of the year, the Buckeyes improve to 14-6 overall, while CSUN drops to 9-10 overall in 2018.
CANZONE EN FUGEO
Dominic Canzone has guided the Buckeyes’ through their six-game win streak. He batted .480 (12-for-25) with five runs scored, three doubles, one home run, four RBI and one walk. His slugging and on-base percentage were a team-highs too, .720/.500. As a team, the team is hitting .285 during the win streak with 18 extra-base hits. The OSU pitching has been strong as well, posting a combined 2.85 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 57.0 innings pitched.
QUOTE FROM THE SKIPPER
“I think we are doing a lot of things well, but I still see room for improvement,” head coach Greg Beals said. “The quality of the at-bat could have been better in the middle part of the game. I thought defensively we still have some opportunities to make some plays that were not. Our infield defense needs to continue to work. We just need to be a little cleaner. I think this team can pitch and hit well enough to win a lot of games. We have to do the little things better and I think that’s the next level for us becoming a national-caliber ball club.”
GAME 1: CSUN 6, OHIO STATE 11
Feltner had his strongest outing of the year, striking out a season-high nine-hitters in 6.2 innings of work. The native of Hudson, Ohio, Feltner improved to 2-0 on the year, scattering four hits on three runs, two earned with one walk. Tyler Cowles had a big first game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and five RBI. Kobie Foppe had three hits and Jacob Barnwell had a pair of hits with a run scored, triple and three RBI.
MATADORS STRIKE FIRST
CSUN grabbed the early lead in the top of the first when Trevor Casanova knocked a RBI double to left center to make it 1-0. He then scored on a wild pitch to push it two runs. Cherry made it one-run deficit in the bottom half with a RBI double.
The Buckeyes hung a four-spot in the bottom of the third vs. CSUN starter Wesley Moore. With the bases loaded, Cowles scored three runs on a double to left center. Barnwell singled down the left field line to make it a 5-2 game. The Scarlet and Gray loaded the bases and Pohl walked to score the first run.
SIX SPOT IN SEVENTH
After the Matadors got within two runs, the Buckeyes opened the game in the seventh, scoring six times to make it 11-3. Cowles then unloaded on a 3-1 pitch to clear the bases on his second double of the game. Barnwell then tripled to right field before West pushed a run around on a sac fly. The Matadors knocked a three-run home run in the eighth, but that’s all the road squad would get in game one.
Kyle Michalik tossed one scoreless inning with a strikeout. Andrew Magno faced two batters and gave up two runs on one hit and one walk. Curtiss Irving tossed 1.1 innings and allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout.
– Feltner struck out a season-high nine today in his longest start of the year. He is two strikeouts shy of 150 in his career.
– Cowles drove in a career-high five RBI tied his career-best with two doubles.
– Ohio State collected 10 or more hits for the 10th time in 2018. Four Buckeyes had multi-run games.
– Foppe tied his career-high with three hits. Barnwell tied his career-high with three RBI.
– The Buckeyes had four two-out RBI and hit .750 (6-for-8) with runners in scoring position.
GAME 2: CSUN 3, OHIO STATE 7
Up by one late in game two, the Buckeye bats got some insurance runs in the bottom of eighth to push the team to the doubleheader sweep. Canzone hit a RBI double to center field and a bunt single by Noah West and error plated two more runs. Adam Niemeyer got his first win of the year to improve to 1-2. In five innings, he struck out six on six hits, three runs and one walk.
DINGER BY DINGLER
Freshman Dillon Dingler had his third multi-hit game of the spring, hitting a double and home run with two runs scored and two RBI. He smashed 1-0 pitch over the left field wall in the bottom of the second vs. CSUN starter Matt Acosta to give the squad a 2-0 lead. Romans scored after he chalked up his second triple of the week.
MORE RUNS IN THE FIFTH
McGowan doubled to left field to score Cherry and Cowles singled through the right side to plate to set up a passed ball, allowing the OSU first baseman to touch home plate.
A combined four OSU hurlers tossed the final shutout innings. Michalik had a scoreless sixth on one hit, while left-handed reliever Griffan Smith pitched the next 1.1 innings and didn’t allow a hit. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning retired both batters he faced in the eighth and right-handed reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos struck out one and walked one in a scoreless ninth.
Ohio State hosts Eastern Michigan at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).
– The Buckeyes improve to 4-1 all-time vs. the Matadors. Ohio State earns its first weekend sweep and second doubleheader sweep of the year.
– Cowles has reached base in all 20 games this year. Pohl’s 16-game reached base streak was snapped in game two.
– Hit streaks extended: Canzone (5), Cowles (3) and Cherry (3).
– Reached base streaks extended: Cherry (6), McGowan (6), Canzone (5) and Foppe (4).
– Multi-hit games: McGowan (11), Canzone (10), West (4), Dingler (4) and Romans (2).
– Ohio State hit. 750 (6-for-8) with runners in scoring position for second straight game.
– Michalik has made 74 career appearances, which is 13th all-time.
– Niemeyer is five strikeouts shy of 150 in his career.
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
– Coach Randall, Beals’ high school baseball coach, delighted the staff with a delivery of some freshly-made donuts from a bakery in his hometown of Springfield, Ohio, also the hometown of Beals. Delicious way to start a Sunday twinbill.
– Spring break is over. Our scoreboard operator was a little jet-lagged from her overseas journey to Italy. She mastered it by the top of the third though. Actually, probably the top of the fourth. She also tried to find the “safe” button on the scoreboard control system, but there isn’t one. Over achiever. Doubleheaders are a grind for everyone.
– The electric show was at the ball park today. Wearing all sorts of awesome hockey jerseys and aviators, the Ohio State women’s hockey team was in attendance to cheer on the boys. Congrats to the greatest women’s hockey team ever on an epic year.
– Former Buckeye Jake Brobst made an appearance at Bill Davis Stadium. If you remember him correctly, he was the swole-bearded dude holding the axe in the dugout from the 2016 title season. The memorable axe is now in a lighted framed display located in the players’ lounge underneath the stadium. Also, congrats to Jake, who recently married @madsimphotography over the winter! She was the team’s photographer for the boys at the 2016 Big Ten Tournament in Omaha. #RaiseTheAxe