May 22, 2019

No. 7 Seed Ohio State Beats No. 2 Seed Michigan, 2-1, in Opening Round at B1G Tournament

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OMAHA, Neb. – Behind a combined one-hit performance by the Buckeye pitching staff, the No. 7 seed Ohio State baseball team rallied to defeat No. 2 seed Michigan, 2-1, in the opening round of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler came up with the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth, while freshman right-handed pitcher Will Pfennig earned the win after throwing 1.2 scoreless innings of relief to improve to 2-3 on the year. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno claimed his 11th save of the season with two scoreless innings of work. With the win over the Maize Blue (38-17), the Buckeyes (32-24) advance to the winner’s bracket and will face No. 6 seed Maryland (29-27) at 6 p.m. ET Thursday. The game will be televised on BTN and can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.

BIG WIN FOR THE BOYS
“We fought hard and there was a lot of baseball that was left on the field but our guys competed,” head coach Greg Beals. “You knew by about the third inning that it was going to be one of those games where every base counts. Give our guys credit, I thought our pitchers did a great job. We walked too many hitters but were able to get some big strikeouts. We limited them to just one hit and defensively played strong, especially from the left side of the diamond. Lonsway was pitching off short rest with the situation that we are in but got us deep in the ball game. Will Pfennig put up five quality outs for us and once we took the lead it was time for Andrew Magno to come into the game. It’s a big win to stay on the positive side of the bracket.”

MICHIGAN SCORES FIRST
Both teams were kept off the scoreboard through four innings. Michigan jumped in front with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a sac fly by Jesse Franklin. The Wolverines started the scoring chance after a lead-off walk and the team’s only hit on a single to the gap in left center.

ONE-HITTER BY THE STAFF
Ohio State starting pitcher Seth Lonsway limited the Wolverines to one run on one hit in 5.1 innings of work. He was relieved by Pfennig after a one-out walk put two on base in the sixth. The bases were then loaded, but Pfennig fanned back-to-back hitters to leave them loaded and keep the 1-0 deficit. Lonsway’s line finished with one hit, one run, seven walks and six strikeouts. Pfennig struck out three on no hits and walked one in 1.2 innings to improve to 2-3 on the year in his postseason debut. Mango shut the door on the Wolverines with back-to-back zeros in the eighth and ninth. He didn’t allow a hit and walked one for his 11th save. It was the first combined one-hitter by the Buckeye pitching staff in 10 years.

BUCKEYES RALLY IN THE EIGHTH
Ohio State scored two runs vs. Michigan starter Karl Kauffmann in the top of the eighth to take a late 2-1 lead. Zach Dezenzo started the rally with a lead-off double off the wall in left. After Ridge Winand was hit by a pitch, Nick Erwin moved both runners with a sac bunt. The Wolverines decided to intentionally walk Canzone to load the bases. Matt Carpenter then legged out a potential ground ball double play to allow Dezenzo to score the tying run. The scene was then set for Dingler who knocked the go-ahead RBI single on the first pitch he saw vs. Kauffmann to put the Buckeyes in the lead by one run. Kaufmann falls to 8-6 on the year.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 4-0 all-time vs. Michigan at TD Ameritrade Park.
  • Head coach Greg Beals is 15-5 all-time vs. the Wolverines at the helm of the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 13 meetings vs. Michigan.
  • Ohio State improves to 8-5 all-time at TD Ameritrade Park.
  • The Ohio State pitching staff combined to throw a one-hitter for the first time in 10 years (Wimmers, Rucinski and Hale at #2 Miami; March 24, 2009).
  • With a lead-off walk in the top of the first, Dominic Canzone broke the Ohio State reached base streak with 52-consecutive games, passing Nick Swisher’s record of 51 set in 2002. His 52-game reached base streak is the second-longest active reached base streak in the country.
  • Dingler also extended his career-high reached base streak to 32-consecutive games with the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Winand (9) Erwin (5), Pohl (3) and Dezenzo (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Pohl (3) and Dezenzo (3).
  • Canzone tied his career high with three walks.
  • With six strikeouts, Lonsway moves to sixth all-time on the OSU single-season strikeouts list (116), passing Justin Fry (113, 1998).