COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team claimed a 10-6 win over Campbell Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 31-15 overall, while the Camels drop to 26-20 in 2018. The Buckeye bullpen was the story tonight, keeping the Camels off the board for the final seven innings and limiting Campbell to three hits. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik sent down 12 straight hitters in a career-high four innings of work with three strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby claimed the win to improve to 3-0 and threw two shutout innings. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker made his 102nd career appearance tonight, tying former Buckeye Trace Dempsey for the program record. He pitched a scoreless ninth and allowed one hit with two strikeouts.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“Kyle Michalik calmed the waters for us tonight and gave us a chance to get back in the ball game,” head coach Greg Beals said. “That was huge in a career performance for him. They have predominantly a right-handed batting order and Kyle matches up really well against right handers. He changed the flow of the game. Woodby gave us two shutout innings and Kinker does his thing. Our bullpen was really good today and it was also great to see some clutch hits later in the game.”
– The Camels sprinted out to a 6-2 lead through three innings, scoring two in the first and four in the second. Jeff Hahs and Christian Jones had back-to-back RBI doubles off Ohio State starting pitcher Griffan Smith. Ohio State scored two in the bottom of the first after a RBI single by Dillon Dingler and bases-loaded walk to Brady Cherry. Campbell regained the lead with four runs on three hits and one OSU error in the second. A sac fly made it 3-2 before a RBI double scored the fourth Camel run. Dingler collided with the wall in left center causing the ball to bounce out of his glove and off the wall on the double by Hahs. The Camels were gifted two runs to make it 6-2 on an infield single and throwing error at third base.
– Smith lasted two innings and gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout in a no decision.
– Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik relieved Smith to start the third. He sent down 12 straight batters with two strikeouts in four innings of relief work.
– Ohio State got back to even with four runs on four hits and one Camel error in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Tyler Cowles knocked a single up the middle to score Noah McGowan. Pinch-hitter Andrew Fishel singled through the right side to plate Conner Pohl. A double play made it a one-run deficit before Noah West had the big hit in the inning with a RBI single to centerfield to tie the game at 6-all.
– Ohio State loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and took the lead with a run on a wild pitch by Andrew Witczak. Pinch runner Malik Jones scored the go-ahead run.
– Ohio State got two big insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on RBI doubles by Pohl and Cowles, respectively. Barnwell made it a four-run game with a RBI single.
– Ohio State improves to 4-1 all-time vs. Campbell.
– Tonight marked the first time Campbell and Ohio State have played in Columbus.
– The Buckeyes improve to 14-5 at home in 2018.
– Head coach Greg Beals is one win shy of 500 in his career. His career record sits at 499-396-1.
– Seth Kinker tied the program record for career appearances with former Buckeye Trace Dempsey tonight (102).
– Michalik tossed a career-high four innings tonight and tied his career high three strikeouts.
– The Buckeye bats walked 12 times tonight.
– Ohio State left 11 on base and Campbell left five.
– Canzone’s 12-game reached base streak was snapped tonight.
– McGowan walked a career-high three times.
Ohio State and Campbell meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The contest will be on BTN Plus ($). Right-handed pitcher Jake Vance gets the ball for the boys.
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
– It’s was a zoo at the ball park. Not really, but sort of. Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna was in attendance to watch the Baseball Buckeyes in the box seats behind home plate. That’s big time. He wasn’t wearing his known safari hat, but rather a ball cap. Perfect for the old ball game.
– The Buckeyes honored their eight graduates before first pitch. Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith, baseball administrator Shaun Richard, academic advisor Shaun Swearingen and head coach Greg Beals greeted each OSU grad with their graduating stole and degrees at home plate. Smiles, hugs and high fives aplenty.
– Sunsets at Bill Davis Stadium. So splendid. Only one more night game left on the home schedule, so don’t miss it Friday evening vs. the Boilermakers. Postgame fireworks to follow…!