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.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“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.”
BUCKEYES SCORE FIRST
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.
ISLANDERS TAKE THE LEAD
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.
TWO DINGERS IN THE THIRD
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.
ROOKIE EXTENDS THE LEAD
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).