May 17, 2019

Lonsway Fans 14 in 6-1 Win Friday Night at Purdue


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the second day in a row, a Buckeye freshman was brilliant on the mound at Alexander Field. Redshirt freshman Seth Lonsway was dominant in eight strong innings as the Ohio State baseball team defeated Purdue, 6-1, Friday night at Alexander Field. Lonsway, the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, fanned a career-high 14 in eight innings to improve to 7-4 on the year. He allowed just one unearned on two hits with two walks. His 14th strikeout in the eighth inning was one for the record book as it set the OSU single-season record for strikeouts by an OSU staff with a combined 496 strikeouts, passing the 495 mark set in 2016.

Redshirt sophomore designated hitte Brent Todys drove in four runs, including the go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth. With the series win, the Buckeyes improve to 30-24 overall and 11-12 in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers fall to 20-32 overall and 7-15 in Big Ten play.

“Seth obviously gave us a great outing,” head coach Greg Beals said. “To go eight innings and strike out 14 guys on two hits, with an unearned run in the first, it’s just want we needed. If he’s able to pitch ahead in the count where that breaking ball forces action, he’s going to be tough and that’s what he did tonight. We limited them to one run in the first and that was critical. Todys competes and he gives us quality at-bats. Another big hit for him. Our defense played well and we need to continue to do that tomorrow. Our message is in our blueprint. We need to control what we can control and go win a ball game tomorrow.”

Ohio State is tied for seventh place in the Big Ten standings with Northwestern (11-12) and Maryland (11-12). The Top 8 teams will advance to the Big Ten Tournament May 22-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

After Purdue scored one unearned run on a wild pitch strikeout in the bottom of the first, the Buckeyes plated four in the third and two in the fourth to take a five-run lead after four innings. Brady Cherry tied the game with a one-out single through the left side in the third to push Matt Carpenter around. Todys then launched his second homer of the series on the first pitch he saw vs. Purdue left-handed starting pitcher Patrick J. Smith for a three-run shot to give Ohio State a 4-1 lead. In the fourth, a sac fly by Dillon Dingler and bases-loaded walk to Todys pushed the lead to 6-1.

Ohio State concludes the series vs. Purdue at 1 p.m. Saturday. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith (5-4, 3.96 ERA) gets the ball for the Scarlet and Gray. Redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Cory Brooks (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is on the mound for the Boilermakers. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.

  • Ohio State improves to 10-1 all-time at Alexander Field.
  • With 14 strikeouts tonight BY Lonsway, the Ohio State pitching staff broke the single-season record set by the 2016 team and now has 496 strikeouts this season. Lonsway becomes the first Buckeye pitcher to strike out 14 in a game since Alex Wimmers (2009).
  • Lonsway struck out 14 tonight the most by a pitcher at Alexander Field history.
  • With a single in the fourth, Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 50 straight games. He’s one game shy of tying Nick Swisher’s record of 51 games set back in 2002. Canzone also extended his hit streak to eight straight games.
  • Dingler extended his reached base streak to 30 contests.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Winand (7), Cherry (6), Erwin (3), Todys (3) and Carpenter (3).
  • Other hit streaks extended: Cherry (4), Carpenter (3) and Todys (3).
  • Multi-hit games: Dezenzo (12)
  • Multi-RBI games: Todys (8).
  • Todys has eight homers on the year and tied his season high with four RBI tonight.