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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 4-2, Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium and with it gave Greg Beals the 500th victory in his 16th-year head coaching career. The win, in front of a season-high 1,895 fans at Bill Davis Stadium, snapped the nation’s longest win streak held by Purdue at 13 games. Right-handed senior reliever Seth Kinker made history, becoming the program’s all-time leader in career appearances. The Senior CLASS Award Finalist, Kinker, from Huntington, W. Va., claimed a three-inning save to tally his 12th of the season in his record-breaking 103rd career appearance. With the win capped off by an electric postgame fireworks show, the Buckeyes improve to 32-16 overall and 12-7 in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers drop to 29-17 overall and 13-5 in conference action
CAREER WIN NO. 500
“500 wins means you’ve been around a little bit,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Eight years at Ball State, eight years here at Ohio State. I learned as a young man that you win with people and I’m certainly a product of that. It makes you think about family and I think about my players. Players win games and this may be my 500th win, but everyone was a part of it.”
COACH COMMENT ON THE VICTORY
“Bo Coolen was really good at first base today,” Beals said. “He picked us up quite a bit. He had a big hit in the first inning as well and he was a big part of our victory today. I thought Connor Curlis had a ‘workman’s’ outing today. If you look at his line it looks pretty good, but you see he walked four guys so he didn’t have absolute command, but he worked his way through it for a quality start. Six innings, three hits and a run looks really good on the line, so I give credit to Connor. You’d like to not have to go to three pitchers but we’ve been doing it and you have to win those Friday night games so we went to Kinker. When you look at the history and tradition of this program, and be able to look at a guy and say you’re the all-time appearance leader, it tells you he’s been doing it at the highest level. At a program like Ohio State, we don’t just run guys out there.”
KINKER MAKES HISTORY
“For me it was just another appearance,” Kinker said. “It’s something I’ve worked hard for. Of course it’s been in the back of my mind. But just getting that win and snapping Purdue’s win streak, it’s very humbling to be able to call myself the appearance leader, but it’s also one of those things where I’m just happy to go out there and perform for the team.”
.@OhioState_BASE beats out @PurdueBaseball 4-2 to win the first game in the series and end the Boiler's hot streak. Our Student U crew breaks down the action from Friday night's game! #B1GBaseball pic.twitter.com/tkPwuusKit
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– The Buckeyes held a 4-1 lead through five innings on a gorgeous Friday night for college baseball in Columbus. After Purdue scored a run in the top of the second, the Buckeyes answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With two runners on, senior first baseman Bo Coolen singled through the right side to plate Dillon Dingler. A sac bunt by sophomore shortstop Noah West gave the Scarlet and Gray a 2-1 lead as Jacob Barnwell scored the go-ahead run. Both teams were kept off the board until the Buckeyes scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior left fielder Tyler Cowles singled to left field to push Kobie Foppe home and with the bases loaded, Barnwell worked a 3-2 count vs. Purdue right-handed starter Tanner Andrews and took ball four to score Conner Pohl from third base.
– Junior left-handed starter Connor Curlis improved to 7-3 on the year, working six innings and limited the Boilermaker bats to one run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
– Kinker came into the game to begin the top of the seventh. After leaving a runner on in the seventh, Kinker allowed an unearned run in the top of the eighth. Purdue got the first two aboard on a lead-off single and catcher’s interference. Kinker stopped a hard comebacker at the mound, bobbled it, but gathered and fired to Coolen at first base for the first out. With runners on second and third, a RBI groundout made it 4-2. Kinker stayed composed on the mound and struck out pinch-hitter Evan Kennedy to keep the two-run lead. In the ninth, the first out was recorded on a relay play from Canzone to Bo to Pohl at third base after a double by Alec Olund. However, the Purdue right fielder was called out on the tag by Pohl at third after his momentum pushed him off the bag. Kinker struck out two and allowed three hits and one run in three innings of work.
Ohio State and Purdue meet in game two of the series at 3:05 p.m. Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner (4-3, 4.68 ERA) will be on the mound for the Buckeyes and will square off vs. junior left-handed pitcher Gareth Stroh (5-2, 5.13 ERA). The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
Electric Night at Bill Davis Stadium.
— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) May 12, 2018
– Ohio State break’s the nation’s longest win streak tonight with the win over the Boilermakers, who also had a nine-game league win streak snapped.
– Beals claimed win No. 500. He is third in Big Ten active coaches in career victories at a Division I program.
– Kinker passes former Buckeye Trace Dempsey (2012-15) for first on the OSU career appearances list (103). Both Kinker and Dempsey are from Huntington, W. Va.
– Ohio State improves to 15-6 at home in 2018.
– The Buckeyes are 11-5 in their last 16 games vs. the Boilermakers.
– Multi-hit games: McGowan (24), Canzone (21) and Cowles (17).
– Kinker claimed his 12th save of the season and 21st of his career.
– Curlis leads the team with seven victories in 2018.
A LOT OF RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
– The Buckeye support staff held batting practice before BP today. No one hit any home runs though even with the wind blowing out to left field (Some were close I’m told). Strength and conditioning coach Dean Hansen wasn’t in attendance, so that’s probably why. And volunteer video coordinator Matt Angle wasn’t trying to show off. He decided to just hit backside singles to the gap in left center. Yeah, he was in The Show.
– Seth Kinker does it all. Fungo master. Leads the Big Ten in ERA. Senior CLASS Award Finalist. You name it. He even takes the field with the infield group during IOs (infield-outfield), throwing missiles around the diamond to get the infield boys ready for the real thing before coach Holick starts with the outfielders. The OSU SID asked volunteer coach Dan DeLucia who is going to take over that duty next year? He responded, “No one, Kinker just does that.” Senior CLASS man.
– A lot of anthem buddies for the National Anthem too. There was one straggler. A toddler in a pink shirt went rogue. Jogging at his own pace from third base to the outfield. He couldn’t decide which line of anthem buddies he wanted to join. The infield? No, I’ll go the outfield? No, I’ll go back to the infield. He finally got out to the outfield line and decided it wasn’t the place for him. As the National Anthem finished, he rounded back towards second base. And leaped on it just as it finished. What a moment. We can’t blame him for living his best life. It was pretty stinking cute. You can see the little slugger on our Instagram page: @ohiostate_base.
– It was First Responders Night at the ballpark as the Columbus Police Department was in attendance. Fans could check out the squad cars, vans and SUVs outside the front gate a well as the city’s finest police stallions. The game featured recognitions of members of the police department between innings. Thank you for all you do in our community.
– Best crowd of the year tonight. Great weather for all ages to enjoy. Brutus was in attendance. Families and friends for senior weekend. Also noticed in the stands and on the twitter timeline was Buckeye great Joey Galloway. He’s been around the park before. Thanks for coming No. 84!
– Beat writer Greg Hoard for Press Pros Magazine has been hassled in the press box, especially by the OSU SID, for always wearing some random Major League ball cap to the games this year. He’s been in a Boston hat, mostly, the Dodgers, the Phillies, the Mariners, but never the Cleveland Indians. Tonight was different. He brought out his Cleveland hat. Roll Tribe.
– Postgame fireworks and a Buckeye victory. That’s electric. See you tomorrow for Alumni Day.