February 23, 2019

Islanders Rally to Win 8-7 over Ohio State Saturday Night


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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rallied to win, 8-7, over the Ohio State baseball team Saturday evening at Whataburger Field. First baseman Luke Marbach hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the umpires ruled it a home run off the right field foul pole. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 4-2, while the Islanders improve to 4-4 in 2019. Islander reliever John Gaddis claimed the win and Ohio State left-handed reliever Andrew Mango receive the loss to fall to 0-1.

“Garrett gave us a workman-type outing today and that was one of the bright spots,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Obviously he didn’t have his best stuff against a good-hitting ball club, but he was able to battle and get us through five innings. I was happy with the way we swung the bat for the most part. We saw somethings that we liked tonight from that standpoint. We fueled their comeback a little bit, but give their hitters credit. He said [the umpire] it hit the foul pole. Whatever color you were wearing was how you saw the last play of the game.”

Ohio State grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a RBI single by Brady Cherry, who pushed Noah West around after he doubled for the second this this season. Cherry led the Buckeyes at the plate going, 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and walk.

Texas A&M scored three times on three hits in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead highlighted by a two-run double by Drake Osborn.

Ohio State regained the lead in the third inning after two home runs over the left field wall against Islander left-hander starter Dylan Duarte. Cherry launched a homer to left for his third of the year for a two-run shot before Todys blasted a solo homer over the left field wall to give the Scarlet and Gray a 4-3 lead. Todys also doubled later in the game.

Freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo came up with a clutch two-out, two-run double off right-handed reliever David Worrell to score both Cherry and Dominic Canzone to make it 6-3.

Freshman right-handed starting pitcher Garrett Burhen picked up a no decision in five innings of work. He scattered eight hits on three runs with six strikeouts and four walks. He struck out lead-off hitter Nick Anderson to leave two in scoring position in the third. Burhenn ended the fifth with a fly out to Canzone to strand two more runners.

The home squad made it a one-contest heading into the ninth. Trevor Beard hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Enrique Sanchez Jr. knocked a two-out RBI single in the eighth. In the ninth, a lead-off walk and sac bunt put a runner on second with one out. Marbach then hit a 1-2 pitch down the right field line for a two-run, walk-off homer. It was ruled a home run off the foul pole by the umpires to end the game.

Ohio State and Oral Roberts meet at 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET Sunday at Whataburger Field. Sophomore left-handed starter Griffan Smith gets the ball for the boys (1-0, 2.57).


  • Tonight was the first meeting between Ohio State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
  • Brady Cherry collected his second three-hit game of the season. He leads the team with a .476 average.
  • Cherry launched his team-best third homer of the year and 15th of his career (leads all active Buckeyes).
  • Scottie Seymour made his first collegiate start tonight as the designated hitter. He collected his first career hit in the second and had his first career multi-hit game with a single in the third.
  • Todys hit his first homer of the season and registered his second multi-hit game. He leads the squad with four doubles this year.
  • Cherry and Malik Jones both have reached base safely in all six games.