February 16, 2019

Burhenn’s Debut Gem Guides Buckeyes to 6-0 Win Saturday

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.  – Another day, another fantastic debut on the mound by a Buckeye pitcher at the Snowbird Classic. Freshman right-handed pitcher Garrett Burhenn tossed eight scoreless innings in a one-hit performance in his collegiate debut as the Ohio State baseball team won, 6-0, over Seton Hall Saturday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park. Burhenn, from Indianapolis, Ind., struck out six with no walks to help Ohio State claim its first shutout of the year and improve to 2-0 on the weekend.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“Garrett was really good,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He went eight innings and faced the minimum. A really good outing. He rolled a double play ball and had help on a great play by Kobie Foppe up the middle. I think scoring that run in the first inning gave him some breathing room. He commanded his sinking fastball really well today.”

BURHENN SPEAKS ON HIS DEBUT
“I could never predict doing something like that to start my career,” Burhenn said. “The runs and clean defense helped me get through it early on. It made my job a lot easier. I trusted Staff [Stafford] to call a great game with Todys. I was pretty anxious before the game but I just told myself to play the game like any other day.”

BUCKEYE RUNS
Ohio State scored its first run in the bottom of the first on a sac fly by Conner Pohl. The Buckeyes extended their lead to two runs when Brady Cherry launched a solo homer into the woods behind the left center fence in the bottom of the sixth. A RBI double by Brent Todys pushed the score to 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh. Noah West came up with the big hit of the game when he blasted a two-run homer to dead center in the eighth. Malik Jones made it 6-0 after West’s long ball with a RBI single to score Marcus Ernst, who doubled for his first collegiate hit. Todys and Cherry each had two hits on the day.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 23-10 all-time at the Snowbird Classic. A win tomorrow would mark the third time the Buckeyes have gone undefeated at the early-season tournament (2015 and 2017).
  • Garrett Burhenn became the first Buckeye pitcher to toss at least seven innings in a debut since Brad Goldberg threw seven innings in his debut vs. St. John’s Feb. 17, 2013.
  • Marcus Ernst made his collegiate debut, starting at third base. He picked up his first career hit on a double.
  • Brent Todys made his first career start behind the dish. He tallied his first career multi-hit game.
  • Brady Cherry hit his first homer of the season and 13th of his career (leads all active Buckeyes).
  • Noah West homered for the first time of 2019 an third of his career.
  • Andrew Magno made his debut in the ninth inning and tossed a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK

  • Day two from sunny Punta Gorda. Ohio State Athletic Trainer Paul Dawson and the Ohio State SID headed out around 8:30 a.m. from the team’s waterfront hotel to take a stroll into town. What they were looking for was just two minutes away, The Punta Gorda Farmers Market. Paul is a big farmers market guy. So many options. So much to look at it. He could probably spend a good four hours there if he had the time. Fresh fruit a plenty. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges, kiwi and berries. So luscious. Fresh vegetables. Kettle corn popping. Handmade jewelry. Hand carved cypress outdoor furniture chairs. Anything you could imagine the market had it. Tons of puppies walking with their best friends too. The sounds of a gentleman playing some tropical tunes with an acoustic guitar. The two best stands at the market? The first was for sure the smoothie stand. A blend of heaven in a cup. Squeeze the day, peel the vibe. The second best? The guacamole stand. Holy guacamole. Our morning was probably better than yours.
  • Thomas Waning hit the books before team meal this morning in a fun, casual location. He was seen rocking back and forth in a hammock tied to two palm trees with a big smile on his face. Life is good, man.
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Dean Hansen Bacon Counter: Day 1: 16 | Day 2: 18 … will he get to 50 by the weekend? Probably.
  • Director of operations Blair Everhart called out quality control coordinator Kirby Pellant for wearing “gym shorts” on gameday in the dugout. Not all of us can stand the heat like Blair, though. If we had a college baseball game in The Sahara, you best bet that he will be in those black slacks for the boys.
  • 2-0. Time to go eat delicious postgame Italian food, then it’s on to the beach volleyball courts. See you back at the park tomorrow.