GREENVILLE, S.C. – John Michael Boswell hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the tenth as Furman rallied to defeat the Ohio State baseball team, 11-10, in 10 innings Monday night at Latham Baseball Stadium. In a back-and-forth battle, the Paladins (4-9) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Right-handed reliever Will Pfennig received the loss to fall to 0-1, while Furman reliever Rob Hughes improved to 2-0 on the year. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 7-8 overall in 2019.
SEASON-HIGH 15 HITS
The OSU bats powered a season-high 15 hits tonight. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl was 4-for-4 with two runs scored one double and two hit by pitches, senior left fielder Brady Cherry was 3-for-6 with two runs scored, one homer and three RBI and junior right fielder Dominic Canzone was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, one double and one RBI.
BUCKEYES STRIKE FIRST
Ohio State scored three runs in the top of the first vs. Furman right-handed starter Nik Verbeke. Cherry and Pohl each had RBI singles in the inning as Matt Carpenter and Canzone crossed the dish. Cherry scored the third run on a fielder’s choice by Brent Todys.
PALADINS TAKE THE LEAD
Furman scored five times on four hits and two OSU errors to grab a 5-3 lead in the third. Logan Taplett had a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch. A RBI double by Logan Kellerman pushed the fifth home around.
OHIO STATE FIGHTS BACK
The Scarlet and Gray batted around in the top of the fifth and powered five runs on six hits to regain the lead. Canzone led off the inning with a double to left before Cherry launched a two-run laser over the wall in left to tie the game at 5-all. With two on base, Marcus Ernst singled through the left side to score Pohl to make it a 6-5 contest. A RBI single by Winand pushed the lead to two runs. Canzone singled to right field for the 8-5 advantage.
PALADINS CUT THE LEAD
Furman trimmed the OSU lead to one in the bottom of the fifth with two runs on two hits highlighted by a solo homer by Taplett.
MORE OSU RUNS
Pohl collected his fourth hit of the evening in the top of the sixth and scored on a Furman error for the team’s ninth run. In the seventh with the bases loaded, Todys put the ball in play and reached on a fielder’s choice to plate Canzone.
FURMAN RALLIES LATE
Furman answered with two runs in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and two OSU errors. The Paladins got runners on the second and third after a single and two OSU throwing errors. A ground out pushed one run around before an infield single tied the game at 10-all. With one out in the bottom of the tenth, Boswells hit a 1-1 pitch off Pfennig over the left field wall to end the game.
ON THE MOUND
Redshirt freshman left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway worked 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs, five earned, on seven hits, four walks and three strikeouts in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root fanned five over 3.1 innings on four hits, one run and one walk. Pfennig allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work in the loss.
Ohio State plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday against Wofford at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C. Right-hander Jake Vance gets the ball for the Scarlet and Gray.