May 8, 2019

Canzone’s Late-Inning Homer Guides Buckeyes to 6-5 Win over Wright State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Junior captain Dominic Canzone launched a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as the Ohio State baseball team rallied to beat Wright State, 6-5, Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Freshman Marcus Ernst started the rally with a two-out single before Canzone’s team-best 13th homer of the season blasted off the batter’s eye in dead center against Raider reliever Tristan Taught. Right-handed reliever Joe Gahm picked up his first victory as a Buckeye, while left-handed reliever Andrew Magno recorded his eighth save. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 25-23 overall, while the Raiders fall to 34-15 in 2019.

“We beat a good baseball team tonight and we played well,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Our pitching staff performed well and we got some big hits from Conner Pohl and Dominic Canzone with two outs. Canzone’s ball was absolutely blistered. To hit the top of the batter’s eye with no wind in our park, that went a long way. He’s always been a great hitter but now he’s developed power this year which makes him a very dangerous player. Today was a big game for us and you need your big-time players to step up in big-time games.”

The Raiders pushed two runs home on a two-out, two-run single by Brandon Giltrow to grab the early lead in the top of the second.

Ohio State got one run in the third when Matt Carpenter pushed home Nick Erwin on a fielder’s choice up the middle. The bases were left loaded following a strikeout to keep Wright State on top by one.

The Scarlet and Gray evened the tides in the bottom of the fourth when Erwin pushed home Conner Pohl on a sac fly.

Conner Pohl launched a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to give Ohio State its first lead of the night.

Wright State plated three runs on two hits in the top of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. A bases-loaded walk made it a one-run game before Zach Weatherford slapped a two-run single up the middle to give the Raiders their second lead of the game.

Ohio State junior right-handed starting pitcher Jake Vance tied his career high with six strikeouts in just two innings pitched. He gave up two runs on three hits with no walks. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning came into start the third. He tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no walks on two hits. Right-handed reliever Will Pfennig tossed the next two innings and kept the Raiders off the scoreboard with three strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root threw the seventh and gave up three runs on two hits with three walks and one strikeout. Right-handed reliever Joe Gahm stranded two in the eighth with two strikeouts. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno pitched a scoreless ninth to claim his eighth save of the year, while Gahm picked up his first win as a Buckeye.


  • The OSU pitching staff struck out a combined 15 hitters. Ohio State pitchers have combined to fan at least eight in 15-consecutive games.
  • Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 44 games. It’s the third-longest active reached base streak in the country (as of May 8). He launched his team-best 13th homer of the season, marking the most homers by a Buckeye since Ronnie Dawson has 13 long balls in 2016.
  • Conner Pohl extended his reached base streak to 16 games with a one-out single in the bottom of the second, while Dillon Dingler extended his reached base streak to 24 contests with a walk in the third.
  • Pohl launched his second homer of the year tonight. It was his first homer since March 17.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (22), Pohl (12) and Ernst (4).
  • Multi-RBI games: Canzone (9) and Dingler (3).
  • Gahm picked up his first win as a Buckeye.
  • Magno registered his eighth save.

Ohio State concludes the 2019 home schedule with a three-game Big Ten series vs. Penn State Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series finale Sunday with be Senior Day for the Buckeyes.