March 23, 2019

Buckeyes Win Fifth Straight Game Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team won its fifth straight game with a 7-5 win over Hawai’i Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway struck out nine in six innings of work to improve to 3-2. Junior left fielder Brady Cherry stayed red hot at the dish, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run and two RBI. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone doubled in a two-hit game, while junior first baseman Conner Pohl had a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored. Freshman centerfielder Nolan Clegg drove in two runs. Junior left-handed reliever Andrew Mango threw a scoreless ninth to claim his fourth save of the year. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 13-10 overall, while the Rainbow Warriors drop to 9-14 in 2019.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“It all started on the mound today and we got a quality start out of Seth Lonsway,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Seth was good with nine strikeouts in six innings. They started their closer so we were able to weather him through the first three and get him in the fourth and fifth innings. We did a lot that I liked today and a lot that we can certainly do better at. Conner Pohl makes a big play for us in the ninth to save a double down the line. Offensively, we did a ton of things well. We moved runners and had our share of extra-base hits. Brady Cherry hit an absolute bomb over the batter’s eye. That’s obviously fun to watch. We left too many guys on base and chased the ball at the plate, but it’s great that we can learn from that after a win.”

STARTER TALK
Lonsway, from Celina, Ohio, registered a quality start vs. the Rainbow Warriors, striking out nine in six innings of work. It was the most strikeouts by a Buckeye pitcher at home this year. He gave up three runs, one earned on three walks and six hits to improve to 3-2 on the year.

BUCKEYES SCORE FIRST
Cherry got the Buckeye fans on their feet when he launched a solo homer over the batter’s eye in centerfield vs. right-handed starting pitcher Thomas Dylan. Freshman centerfielder Clegg came up with a clutch two-out, two-run single to push the lead to 3-0.

RAINBOW WARRIORS CUT THE LEAD
Hawai’i scored two runs on two hits and one OSU error in the top of the fifth to cut the OSU lead to one run. After a throwing error, Maaki Yamazaki scored on a RBI grounder. A wild pitch then allowed Scotty Scott to cross the plate.

BUCKEYES STRIKE BACK
Ohio State scored four runs on five hits and one error in the bottom of fifth to take a five-run lead. The Scarlet and Gray began the inning with five straight hits, including a double by Canzone, bunt single by Matt Carpenter, RBI single by Cherry and a RBI single by Conner Pohl. Zach Dezenzo put down a RBI bunt single and Dillon Dingler reached safely on a fielding error as Pohl scored to make it 7-2.

HAWAI’I MAKES IT CLOSE
Hawai’i plated one run on two hits in the top of the sixth. They cut it a two-run game in the seventh when Brennen Hancock hit a two-run single off OSU right-handed reliever Joe Gahm.

TO THE BULLPEN
Gahm gave up two runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in 0.2 innings. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with one strikeout and one walk. Magno pitched a scoreless ninth to claim his team-high four save of the season.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Hawai’i close out the four-game series at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State has won five straight games for its longest winning streak of the year.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 6-1 at home in 2019.
  • The Buckeyes are 11-5 when scoring first this season.
  • Ohio State has homered 10 times in seven games at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • Cherry hit his sixth homer of the year 18th of his career (leads all active Buckeyes).
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 19 games (career-high)
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Cherry (10), Carpenter (5), Clegg (4), Dingler (4) and Foppe (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Cherry (10), Carpenter (5), Clegg (4), Dingler (3), Foppe (3) and Canzone (3).
  • Multi-hit games: Cherry (10), Canzone (8), and Pohl (7) and Dezenzo (6).
  • Multi-RBI games: Cherry (5) and Clegg (4).
  • Foppe recorded his first triple of the year in the third. It marked the fifth triple in seven home games for the Buckeye bats.
  • The nine strikeouts today by Lonsway was the most by a Buckeye pitcher at home this spring.

 

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