May 18, 2019

Buckeyes Power Six Homers in 13-11 Slugfest Win over Purdue Saturday

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It was a wild finish to the 2019 regular season at Alexander Field. The Buckeye bats powered to a 13-11 win to claim a series sweep at Purdue Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State jumped out to an 8-1 lead after an eight-run first inning. The Boilermakers rallied to tie it at 9-all following a seven-run fourth inning. The Buckeyes hit a season-high six homers, including the go-ahead three-run homer by junior first baseman Conner Pohl in the sixth. Six different Buckeyes recorded three hits in the victory. On the mound, junior left-handed reliever Andrew Magno worked 5.1 innings of relief to improve to 4-3 on the year. With the win, the Buckeyes finish the regular season with a 31-24 overall record and 12-12 mark in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers drop to 20-34 overall and 7-16 in conference action. The Buckeyes will now wait to see if they will qualify for the 2019 Big Ten Tournament following the conclusion of Northwestern -Minnesota game in Evanston, Ill.

QUOTE FROM BEALS
“It was a must-win game and our guys answered the bell,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We kept ourselves in contention and we got off to a big lead. Unfortunately we had a tough-fourth inning with Griffin. We went to Magno early in a must-win situation and he’s been extended before. We felt it was time to put our best go-to guy in the ball game. I’m proud of our guys. We were on a mission this weekend and we took care of business. However the chips fall in the conference with the tiebreakers, we took care of our business this weekend.”

HOME RUN DERBY IN THE FIRST
Ohio State crushed four homers and totaled nine hits in the top of the first to jump out to a big 8-0 lead. The Buckeyes went back-to-back-to-back off Purdue right-handed starter Cory Brooks. Dingler started the power surge with a two-run shot followed by Cherry with a solo homer. The Buckeyes hit a third straight homer when Pohl launched a solo homer over the wall in right. Two batters later, Dezenzo went deep over the wall in right to make it 5-0. Nick Erwin kept the momentum going with a RBI single, scoring Ridge Winand. Dominic Canzone doubled and Matt Carpenter singled to score two more runs for the 8-0 score. Cherry scored the team’s ninth run on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth.

PURDUE HANGS A SEVEN SPOT
Despite the big Buckeye lead, the game was far from over on a warm day in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers scored one run in the first and tallied a seven-run, fourth inning to make it a one-run game. All seven runs in the fourth were scored with two outs. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks scored a pair of runs. A bases-clearing double by Cole Mckenzie made it a 9-6 game. A RBI double ended Griffan Smith’s day on the mound as left-handed reliever Andrew Magno came in with two outs and a runner on second. Conner Tomasic made it a one-run game with a RBI single off Magno.

BOILERMAKERS TIE IT
Purdue knotted the score at 9-all in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI double by Bryce Bonner.

BUCKEYES STRIKE BACK
Ohio State answered right back with a three-run homer by Pohl, his second of the game, in the top of the sixth to give the Buckeyes a 12-9 lead. Todys launched his third homer of the series in the eighth to make it 13-11.

MAGNO SHUTS IT DOWN
Mango limited the Purdue bats to three runs on three hits with six walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work to improve to 4-3.

GAME NOTES

  • The Buckeyes claim their first Big Ten series sweep of the year. Ohio State improves to 11-1 all-time at Alexander Field.
  • Ohio State recorded a season-high 23 hits and six home runs. The six homers was the most in a game at Alexander Field.
  • With a RBI double in the top of the first, Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 51 games, tying Nick Swisher’s Ohio State record set in 2002.
  • Ohio State hit four homers in the first. It was the first time the Buckeyes have hit four homers in an inning since the Scarlet and Gray hit five in one inning vs. Connecticut on March 1, 2009.
  • Ohio State hit six homers in a game for the first time since the Buckeyes hit seven homers vs. the Huskies in 2009.
  • The eight-run first inning tied a season-high for most runs in one inning.
  • Dingler extended his career-high reached base streak to 31 games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Winand (8), Cherry (7), Carpenter (4), Todys (4) and Erwin (4).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (9), Cherry (5) and Carpenter (4).
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (24), Cherry (19), Pohl (14), Dezenzo (13), Dingler (9), Carpenter (9) and Winand (8).
  • The Ohio State pitching staff struck out seven today and now has a program-record 503 strikeouts in 2019.
  • Canzone had a career-high three doubles this afternoon.
  • Pohl tied his career-high with two homers.
  • Todys hit his third homer of the series and ninth of the season.