April 9, 2017
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State baseball team swept Penn State in a Sunday doubleheader at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes (14-17, 3-6 B1G) rallied in the ninth inning to win game one, 5-2, before rolling in game two by a score of 11-2. With the doubleheader sweep, the Scarlet and Gray claim their first Big Ten series victory of the 2017 season.
“Getting the win in game one in the fashion we did really boosted that believing feeling we’ve been searching for,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We like the talent on this ball club and we still have a shot and opportunity to do something with this season. We need to find that ‘it” factor and we did that today. We got a comeback win in game one and were able to roll that momentum into game two. We need to keep that momentum going into these next two midweek games.”
GAME ONE: OHIO STATE 5, PENN STATE 2
After dropping the opener on Saturday, the Buckeyes rallied with four runs in the final inning to even the series with a 5-2 win in game one at Medlar Field. Bo Coolen knocked the game-tying home run to lead off the inning before Brady Cherry drove in two runs on a triple to give the Buckeyes the go-ahead score. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik threw one pitch to record the final out of the eighth and earned the win and improved to 1-1, while right-handed reliever Seth Kinker notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
In the box score, Coolen was 2-for-3 with a run scored, walk and home run and Canzone was 2-for-5. Cherry was 2-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI.
FOUR-RUN NINTH INNING RALLY
Down to their final three outs and in need of a win in conference play, the Buckeye bats came up several big hits to score four times in the top of the ninth vs. right-handed reliever Eric Mock. Coolen hit a lead-off, game-tying home run on a 3-2 count before Cherry scored two runs on his first triple of the year with a drive to the warning track in right field. Jalen Washington and Tre’ Gantt both walked and scored on the clutch hit by the OSU sophomore third baseman.
BUCKEYES STRIKE FIRST
Ohio State scored the first run of game one when Zach Ratcliff knocked a base hit up the middle to push Jacob Barnwell home. Barnwell pulled a two-out double down the left field line to set up the scoring play.
PENN STATE GRABS THE LEAD
The Nittany Lions took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases vs. Ohio State starting pitcher Jake Post. A wild pitch allowed the first run to score before a sacrifice fly by Braxton Giavedoni gave the Nittany Lions their first lead of game one.
A LASER BY DOM IN RIGHT
Down 2-1, Post got help from his defense to keep it a one-run deficit through five innings. With a runner on first, Ryan Sloniger hit the first pitch he saw off Post off the 18-foot wall in right, but freshman Dominic Canzone barehanded the rebound and fired a missile into second base to Washington, beating Sloinger to the bag by three steps to retire the side. It marked the fourth assist for Canzone, which leads all OSU outfielders.
Despite going 8-for-15 with two outs on the day, the Buckeyes left nine one base vs. Penn State starting pitcher Justin Hagenman. The Scarlet and Gray loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with two outs but failed to score a run. Base hits by Coolen and West started the chance before Washington reached on a walk to jam it up. However, Hagenman got Gantt to swing at the first pitch for a fly out to left field. The Buckeyes also left two runners on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. In the eighth, back-to-back singles by Coolen and Barnwell gave the Buckeyes another opportunity, but Hagenman recorded his eighth strikeout of the game to maintain the lead.
ON THE MOUND
The OSU staff combined to hold Penn State to two runs on seven hits. Right-handed starter Jake Post worked five innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll did a solid job of keeping the Buckeyes within striking distance. He pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and struck out three with two walks and one hit. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik replaced Stoll with a runner on first and two down. He retired the side with one pitch with a fly out to right field.
GAME ONE NOTES
GAME TWO: OHIO STATE 11, PENN STATE 2
The momentum kept going in game two vs. the Nittany Lions as the Buckeyes scored 11 runs on nine hits, plating two in the second, three in the fourth and fifth, two more in the eighth and one final run in the ninth for an 11-2 win. Cherry went 2-for-6 with three runs scored, double, and three RBI, while McGowan was 2-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI, double and two walks. Canzone and Coolen also had two-hit games.
PENN STATE SCORING PLAYS
A one-out solo home run by Conlin Hughes put the home team up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Penn State tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the second when Alex Malinksy pushed home a run on a RBI grounder to third base. That’s all the Nittany Lions would get as the OSU pitching staff chalked up seven-consecutive zeros in the win.
OHIO STATE SCORING PLAYS
The Buckeyes got the lead in the following at-bat in the third and never looked back. Coolen scored two runs on a two-base error. Coolen pulled a pitch off right-hander Myles Gayman down the first base line and deflected off the glove of Sloniger to score both Barnwell and Canzone.
Ohio State plated three runs on two hits vs. PSU reliever Jake Pilewicz in the fourth. Coolen began the momentum with a lead-off walk and was moved over by West with a sac bunt. After Washington was hit by a pitch, Cherry knocked a 1-0 pitch up the middle for the 3-2 advantage. Canzone continued to swing the hot bat and ripped a 0-2 pitch through the left side to plate both Washington and Cherry for the 5-2 lead.
The Buckeyes tacked on three more runs in the sixth. Cherry doubled down the left field line to score Gantt for the 6-2 lead. A RBI single by McGowan made it 7-2 before the OSU left fielder scored on a wild pitch. The Buckeyes opened the game in the eight with two more runs for an eight-run lead on a PSU throwing error and RBI double by McGowan. Ohio State finalized the scoring in game two with a run on a fielder’s choice by Cherry.
ON THE MOUND
Ohio State starting pitcher Reece Calvert did a solid job in his first start of his OSU career. He worked four innings and allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Right-handed reliever Ryan Feltner relieved Calvert to begin the fifth. He earned his first win of the season to improve to 1-5, throwing three scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Right-handed pitcher Jake Vance fanned four in two scoreless innings to seal the sweep.
The Buckeyes will play two midweek games next week at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State hosts Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday before taking on Eastern Michigan at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday from Columbus.