OMAHA, Neb. – Another elimination game victory for the boys, this time against their biggest rival. The No. 7 seed Ohio State baseball team defeated No. 3 seed Michigan, 5-3, in an elimination contest Friday afternoon at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb. With the win, the Buckeyes (36-21) advance to Saturday will face No. 1 seed Minnesota at 10 a.m. ET Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.
QUOTE FROM THE SKIPPER
“Really happy for the guys and our program,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Today was a big day. It’s Ohio State vs. Michigan. It’s an elimination game. It’s a game that I feel like puts us in really good position for next week’s NCAA Tournament. What a great performance from our guys to get it done. It’s one thing to win a game. It’s another thing to go about it and compete the way our guys did and something that we’ve been fighting for all year long, especially down the stretch. This team has a ton of resilience to them and a ton of character. We survived two straight days and face a good Minnesota team tomorrow morning. We will be ready go and answer that 5 o’clock bell in the morning.”
IN THE BOX SCORE
Dominic Canzone went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks and one double, while Kobie Foppe was 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Dillon Dingler went 2-for-4 with a double and Tyler Cowles doubled with two RBI and one walk. Bo Coolen had the big hit in the game with a solo homer to lead to a three-run inning for the Buckeyes.
On the mound, Adam Niemeyer improved to 4-3, throwing five innings and allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Seth Kinkerwas a rock star again for the Scarlet and Gray, recording the final five outs of the game in 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out four UM hitters with one hit in his 15th save of the year.
Adam Niemeyer, fifth-year senior pitcher
On start today
“Early on I was just trying to get ahead and throw strikes. I was able to get some outs and the defense played well behind me. I got it rolling from there.”
Seth Kinker, senior reliever
On ninth inning
“I knew he didn’t matter out there on second base. They were down two. If he scores, it’s going to be something I’m not going to be mad about. I tipped my cap to him on a nice piece of hitting by Johnathan. My focus was on the guy at the plate. If he gets on, that’s a different story. I knew I just had to get two outs and that’s what I did.”
Dominic Canzone, sophomore designated hitter
On being questionable for game today
“I woke up this morning just thinking, I want to compete with my brothers. It’s just something that you know you have to lay it all on the line for them because they are going to do the same for you. It’s just one of those things that I love playing with them. I love these guys and they just keep competing.”
Bo Coolen, senior first baseman
On home run today
“I just wanted to shake off those first two at-bats today and I wanted to get the boys started in the sixth inning. I went out there and just wanted to have fun and just be a little more relaxed. I was looking for a pitch to drive and luckily I got a good piece. It was against Michigan too, so that made it a lot more fun.”
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