March 17, 2019

Buckeyes Claim Home Series Win Sunday over Lipscomb

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team claimed a home series win over Lipscomb Sunday afternoon with a 7-6 victory at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (9-10) held off a ninth-inning rally by the Bisons (10-8) as junior reliever Joe Gahm left the bases loaded with a strikeout to end the game for his first career save. Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway improved to 2-2 after limiting the Bisons to three hits and one run with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl led the Scarlet and Gray at the dish with a 3-for-4 performance with a homer, hit by pitch, two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo also homered in a multi-hit game and drove in two runs.

BEALS QUOTE
“This team needed a win and needed a series win,” head coach Greg Beals said. “A win is a win sometimes and that’s what today was and we need to build upon it. We were fortunate to get it, but we did a lot of good things today as well. It just got a little hairy there at the end.”

DINGERS IN THE SECOND
Ohio State took the early lead in the bottom of the second on two solo homers. Pohl launched a 2-1 pitch deep over the wall in right for the 1-0 lead before Dezenzo crushed the first pitch he saw off right-hander Josh Colon over the wall in right center. Lipscomb got one run back in the top of the third on a RBI grounder.

TWO-OUT RALLY
The OSU bats knocked back-to-back two-out RBI hits against Lipscomb reliever JT Caver. Nolan Clegg pushed Brent Todys around on a single to left and Noah West scored Nate Romans with a base hit up the middle. However, the Bisons cut the lead back to one after two hits and one error scored two runs in the top of the seventh.

BUCKEYES ANSWER
Ohio State plated two runs on three hits and one error in the bottom of the seventh to stretch the lead back to three. Pohl had a RBI single and a safety squeeze by Dezenzo allowed Pohl to cross the dish to make it 6-3. The Bisons scored a run in the top of the eighth on a RBI double down the left field line. Brady Cherry drove in a big insurance run in the bottom of the eighth for his second hit of the game.

BISONS MAKE IT CLOSE
Cherry started the ninth on the mound and recorded the first two outs with a strikeout and ground out. However, four walks and single made it a 7-6 contest. But Gahm, a transfer from Richfield, Wis., came into the game with the bases loaded and fanned Maddox Houghton with a curveball on a 1-2 count to seal the series victory for the Scarlet and Gray.

BULLPEN TALK
Right-handed reliever Will Pfennig threw one inning and gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno recorded three outs and no runs in the eighth.

UP NEXT
Ohio State welcomes Northern Kentucky at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

GAME NOTES

  • Buckeyes claim their first home series win of the year today.
  • Gahm picked up his first career save as a Buckeye.
  • Carpenter hit his first career double in the top of the first.
  • Pohl launched his first homer of the year and ninth of his career.
  • Dezenzo hit his third homer of the series and fourth of the season.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to a career-high 15 games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Pohl (7), Romans (7), Cherry (6), West (3) and Todys (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Pohl (7), Cherry (6), West (3).
  • Multi-hit games: West (8), Cherry (8), Pohl (5) and Dezenzo (4).
  • Multi-RBI games: Pohl (5) and Dezenzo (4).