March 5, 2017
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Ohio State baseball team held on to a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. With the series win, the Buckeyes improve to 5-6 overall in 2017, while the Fighting Camels drop to 5-5 this season. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker claimed the win, tossing two innings of relief work, while right-handed pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos claimed his first save of the season.
“It’s good to get a series win on the road,” head coach Greg Beals said. “It’s very valuable, especially, after Friday night’s ball game when the tempo of the game was all Campbell. I really liked how our guys responded and came out and competed Saturday and Sunday to win the series. I liked the whole pitching staff. I thought Feltner’s start was strong. His process was good today. It’s nice having the bullpen set up with Yianni back out there to close out ball games.”
IN THE BOX SCORE
Tre’ Gantt went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and walk, while Jacob Barnwell was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, double and RBI. Noah McGowan went 2-for-5 with a double and Tyler Cowles was 2-for-3 with a run scored and hit by pitch.
BUCKEYE SCORING PLAYS
Ohio State plated four runs on three hits in the top of the second vs. Campbell right-handed starter Ryan Kirk. With the bases loaded, a passed ball allowed Zach Ratcliff to score the first run. A wild pitch pushed home Cowles before an infield single by Barnwell made it 3-0. A second passed ball allowed Barnwell to plate the fourth run. All four runs in the second were tallied with two outs on the board.
The Buckeyes strung a few two-out hits together to make it a 5-2 contest in the fourth. Barnwell doubled off the wall in left before Gantt drove him in on a RBI single through the right side.
Ohio State regained the lead in the top of the eighth, 7-5. The Buckeye bats loaded the bases against Camel reliever Harry Thomas after a single by Cowles, a sac bunt by Dominic Canzone for a fielder’s choice and an infield single by Barnwell. A sacrifice fly by Gantt vs. reliever Cole Hallum pushed pinch runner Shea Murray around for the 6-5 advantage. Jalen Washington ripped a RBI single up the middle for the two-run lead.
CAMEL SCORING PLAYS
Campbell cut its deficit to three runs in the bottom half of the second when a ground out with the bases loaded scored Jeff Hahs. Ohio State starting pitcher Ryan Feltner left two on base in the following at-bat with a ground out to Brady Cherry. The Fighting Camels found a second run in the bottom of the third after a two-out RBI double by Jimmy Monaghan.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Camels tied the game at 5-all on a clutch two-out hit by Christian Jones. With the bases loaded, the CU second baseman knocked a double down the right field line off Feltner on a 3-2 count to score three runs.
Down 7-5, Campbell answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth after a solo home run by Matthew Barefoot vs. right-hander Seth Kinker.
ON THE MOUND
Ohio State starting right-hander Ryan Feltner received a no decision in his third start of the year. He allowed five runs, four earned, eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in six innings of work. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker began the seventh inning for the Scarlet and Gray. He threw two innings and allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts to improve to 1-0 on the year. Right-hander reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos, the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, closed the door on the Camels with a scoreless ninth to claim his first save of the year.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Freshman Dominic Canzone took away extra-bases from Campbell designated hitter Cole Hallum when he made a diving grab in the gap in right center to record the second out of the third inning. Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, made his sixth start of his rookie season this afternoon.
Ohio State travels back to the Sunshine State for five games during its spring break trip next week. The Buckeyes will play a three-game series at Florida Gulf Coast March 10-12 in Fort Myers, Fla., before playing two games at the 2017 Snowbird Classic against Lehigh and Bucknell March 14-15 in Port Charlotte, Fla.