May 24, 2019

Buckeyes Advance to Semifinals of Big Ten Tournament Friday

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OMAHA, Neb. – When the Ohio State baseball team woke up around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning at its Omaha hotel, it was game on. The boys put on their old school gray uniforms, had a hot breakfast and headed to TD Ameritrade Park with five outs on their mind. That’s because play was suspended Thursday night in the bottom of the eighth due to severe weather.

The No. 7 seed Buckeyes (33-24) got those five outs and defeated No. 6 seed Maryland (29-28), 3-2, to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament. Junior left-handed reliever Andrew Magno was marvelous on the mound, returning to the bump to record those final five outs to punch the Buckeyes’ ticket to the weekend in Omaha. It was a resilient effort by a team that has now won a season-high six straight games. The Bucks are hot.

“The one thing that I’m really proud of is our guys required no coaching last night or this morning as far as dealing with a rain out and having to come back,” head coach Greg Beals said. “They handled it well in an odd situation with how the ball game played out. I’m proud of their resilience. They came out this morning and answered the bell.”

Ohio State will now have the rest of the day off and will play in the semifinals at 2 p.m. ET Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. Opponent TBD. See bracket here.

MAG-NIFICENT!
Magno claimed his 12th save of the season throwing two scoreless innings on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. After play resumed, he stranded a runner on second base following back-to-back strikeouts. Magno left one on base in the bottom of the ninth when Ridge Winand caught the final out of the game in centerfield.

STARTER TALK
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith from Cincinnati, Ohio, was fantastic on the mound Thursday evening for the Scarlet and Gray. He limited the Maryland bats to two runs, scattering five hits with three walks and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts. Smith’s final strikeout was a big one as he got Randy Bednar on called strike three to leave the potential go-ahead run left stranded on second base to end the seventh. Smith worked seven innings on five hits, two runs, two earned, three walks and 10 strikeouts to improve to 6-4

OHIO STATE STRIKES FIRST
Dominic Canzone did not get much to hit for the second straight day in Omaha. He walked three times and was hit by a pitch but scored two runs in the win. Canzone started the game with a hit by pitch and scored the first run on a two-out RBI single by Brady Cherry. Matt Carpenter helped the Buckeyes get in scoring position with a sac bunt. Canzone scored again in the third after he walked and scored on a two-base error by the Terrapins.

COSTES TIES THE GAME
Maryland tied the game on one swing in the bat when Big Ten Freshman of the Year Maxwell Costes launched a two-out, two-run homer over the wall in left.

BUCKEYES RALLY AGAIN LATE
Ohio State took the momentum from Smith’s 10th strikeout into the batter’s box in the top of the eighth with a run in to regain the lead, 3-2. With the bases loaded, a sac fly by Zach Dezenzo allowed Cherry to score the go-ahead run off UMD reliever Mark DiLuia, who received the loss to fall to 2-2 on the season.

GAME SUSPENDED
At 9:06 p.m. local time, the game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth with one out and Costes on second due to severe weather in the Omaha area. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno relieved Smith to begin the bottom of the inning. The game resumed at 11 a.m. ET Friday morning.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State is 62-46 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • This game was the first meeting between the two teams in postseason play.
  • This is the first time the Buckeyes have won both games to start the tournament since the Big Ten expanded to the current eight-team format.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are outscoring their opponents, 51-22, in the opening inning.
  • The OSU pitching staff has allowed just three earned runs in 18.0 innings of work (1.50 ERA).
  • The Buckeyes have scored three of their five runs in the eighth inning this week in Omaha.
  • With a lead-off hit by pitch, Dominic Canzone extended his program-record reached base streak to 53-conecutive games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Winand (10), Pohl (4) and Dezenzo (4).
  • Hit streaks extended: Pohl (4).
  • Canzone has walked six times in two games at the Big Ten Tournament. Nick Swisher holds the tournament record with eight walks in 2001.
  • Cherry leads the team with 46 RBI.
  • Griffan Smith tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts.
  • Andrew Magno picked up his 12th save of the season, which is sixth-most all-time in OSU single-season history.
  • Dingler’s career-high 32-game reached base streak was snapped today.
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