May 11, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes its Big Ten road schedule with a three-game series at Iowa Friday-Sunday at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa. The series opens at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday. The middle game is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET Saturday and the three-game set concludes at 2:05 p.m. ET Sunday. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).
ON THE BUMP
FRDIAY: RHP Jake Post (1-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Gallagher (6-1, 2.30 ERA)
SATURDAY: LHP Connor Curlis (3-3, 4.53 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Erickson (2-2, 2.70 ERA)
SUNDAY: TBA vs. LHP Elijah Wood (0-0, 2.93 ERA)
FOLLOW THE ACTION
All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can also listen on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Bob Spears (analysis) will have the call. A links to live stats links can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
The Buckeyes split a pair of midweek games last time out in Columbus. Ohio State won, 7-6, over Bowling Green in 12 innings on Tuesday night before dropping a 14-4 contest vs. Ball State Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Dominic Canzone hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 12 to score Jacob Barnwell to win the game. It marked the longest game of the year for the Scarlet and Gray (4:17). Shea Murray highlighted the loss vs. the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with two triples, one run scored and three RBI.
SUNDAY WIN AT TTUN
After falling in the first two games, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-2 win in the series finale at No. 17 Michigan May 7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. In his first career start, Seth Kinker was strong, working six innings and limiting the UM bats to two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks to improve to 3-0. Zach Ratcliff hit the go-ahead grand slam with one out in the top of the sixth, while Adam Niemeyer sealed the win with three scoreless innings of relief work to tally his first career save.
CLIPPED BY NO. 4 TEXAS TECH
Ohio State fell, 5-3, against No. 4 Texas Tech May 3 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 early lead, but the Red Raiders rallied with two runs in the fourth and the go-ahead run in the fifth, while stranding 10 Ohio State runners to claim the midweek win. Ohio State freshman pitcher Jake Vance was steady on the mound, tallying a season-high five strikeouts and kept Texas Tech off the board through the first three innings. The Red Raiders strung two, two-out RBI hits in the fourth to tie the game against Vance. Overall, the OSU pitching staff combined to strike out 13 TTU hitters. At the plate, Dominic Canzone was 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Jacob Barnwell was 2-for-4 with a run scored and triple. Co-captain right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer made his first appearance on the mound since March 19 vs. Xavier. Niemeyer has missed the last 24 games due to injury.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks second in triples (18), third in walks (204) and seventh in home runs (32). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 5.16 ERA, which is ninth in the conference, while striking out 366 hitters, good for fourth in the league. Dominic Canzone is third in the league in hitting (.356). Tre’ Gantt is first in walks (33). Jalen Washington is tied for second in the league in triples (4) and fourth in hit by pitches (15).
FIVE BUCKEYES RECEIVE DEGREES
Five members of the team graduated from The Ohio State University on Sunday: fifth-year seniors Zach Ratcliff (sport industry), Jake Post (human development & family science), Shea Murray (political science), Joe Stoll (integrated systems engineering) and senior student manager Caleb Huth.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is 29-17 overall and 11-7 in conference action. Last time out, the Hawkeyes took two of three games at Michigan State last weekend in East Lansing, Mich. Iowa is hitting .281 as a team with 86 doubles, 42 home runs and 56 stolen bases. Five Iowa hitters are hitting around or above the .300 mark led by Robert Neustrom with a .335 average and 15 doubles. The Hawkeye pitching staff has a 4.03 combined ERA with 359 strikeouts in 406.1 innings of work. Nick Gallagher is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 70.1 innings this season.
OHIO STATE VS. IOWA
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 74-52-1. Ohio State is 32-25 in road games vs. the Hawkeyes and has won six of the last 10 meetings. Last time out, the Buckeyes came back to beat Iowa, 8-7, in the Big Ten tournament title game May 29, 2016, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. After a disappointing 5-4 loss vs. the Hawkeyes put the Scarlet and Gray in the elimination bracket, Ohio State won four games in 48 hours to claim its ninth tournament title.
A LOOK BACK AT THE TITLE GAME
Troy Kuhn knocked a two-out RBI double to score Ronnie Dawson for the goa-ahead run in the ninth to lead Ohio State to a thrilling 8-7 victory over the Hawkeyes in front of 10,350 fans at TD Ameritrade Park, mostly dressed in black and Gold, May 29, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Ohio State answered with a five-run fourth inning. After stretching its lead to four runs, Iowa answered with three in the eighth to tie it at 7-all before Kuhn’s big hit in the ninth. Dawson went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, stolen base and two RBI, while Kuhn, Nick Sergakis, Troy Montgomery, Jacob Bosiokovic and Tre’ Gantt each had multi-hit games. Yianni Pavlopoulos received the win, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings on two hits.
ROOKIE LEADING THE WAY
Freshman Dominic Canzone has seen the ball as well as anyone in the Big Ten over the last month, racking up 48 hits and 12 walks for a .356 average. Included in his 44 hits are four doubles, three triples, two home runs, while driving in 28 RBI.
GIVE THE LEAD TO THE BULLPEN
The Buckeyes are 14-2 when leading after seven innings and 16-1 when leading after eight innings in 2017. Kyle Michalik is 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen, while Joe Stoll is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 22 appearances. Seth Kinker, a 2017 NCBWA Preseason Stopper Watch List selection, is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 20 appearances.
Ohio State concludes the 2017 home schedule with a midweek game vs. Toledo May 16 before wrapping up Big Ten play with a three-game series vs. Indiana May 18-20 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.