April 12, 2019

Ohio State Beats No. 24 Michigan, 10-5, Friday Night in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a season-high 1,815 fans, the Ohio State baseball team upset No. 24 Michigan, 10-5, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeye bats sprayed 13 hits against the top pitching staff in the Big Ten while freshman right-handed starting pitcher Garrett Burhenn was fantastic on the bump, tossing a season-high seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings to improve to 5-1 on the year. Junior left fielder Dominic Canzone went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a triple and a home run while senior second baseman Kobie Foppe was 2-for-r with a double and a pair of RBI. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl drove in two on a two-hit game and freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo also had a two-hit game. Brent Todys had the big hit in the rivalry game with a three-run homer in the fifth. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 19-16 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten play, while the Maize and Blue drop to 23-10 overall and 4-2 in conference action.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“I liked a lot of things that we did tonight,” head coach Greg Beals said. “That’s the ball club I’ve been fighting for and I think the rivalry and the intensity was there. The guys were flat out ready to compete. They didn’t worry about themselves and focused on just making a difference. We did a lot of little things to win a ball game from bunts to two-out hits. Ridge Winand with a big time catch against the wall out there was big. Garrett Burhenn in his first rivalry game gets the ball and he was up for the challenge. It was a great outing. He set the tempo for us. We can’t leave out Dom Canzone. Your big time players have to step up in big time games and Dominic Canzone did that tonight.”

 

BIG TIME START
Burhenn, from Indianapolis, Ind., was marvelous on the mound in a big time game under the lights. He limited the top hitting team in the conference to three runs on six hits with two walks and a season-high seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings in the win. Burhenn has thrown a quality start in eight of his nine starts to begin his collegiate career.

TEAMS EXCHANGE RUNS IN THE FIRST
Jesse Franklin hit a solo homer in the top of the first to give Michigan a 1-0 lead. The Buckeyes bounced back quickly in the bottom half when Pohl sent a two-out, RBI single through the left side to make it a 1-1 score. Foppe doubled and scored on the play.

BUCKEYES TAKE THE LEAD
After Burhenn allowed the solo homer in the first, he sent down the next seven hitters he faced to set up the Buckeye bats in the bottom of the third. Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, crushed a 1-1 pitch off Henry off the wall in right for a one-out triple. Foppe then pushed him home with a sac fly to right to make it a 2-1 contest in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State plated three more runs in the fourth, including two RBI singles by two OSU rookies. Dezenzo hit the first pitch he saw vs. Henry through the left side to score Dingler before Nick Erwin hit a 0-2 pitch off Henry to right center to grow the lead to three runs. Foppe scored a third run in the frame on a two-out RBI single to push Erwin around.

TODYS DINGER OPENS IT UP
In the bottom of the fifth, Todys launched the first pitch delivered by against left-handed reliever Walker Cleveland over the wall in left for a three-run homer to open the game, 8-1. Walks to Brady Cherry and Pohl ended Henry’s day on the mound with no down to start the inning. Henry, who came into the game with a 1.67 ERA, allowed a career-high seven runs scored on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts to fall to 6-3 on the year.

 

MORE RUNS!
The Scarlet and Gray kept the foot on the gas pedal with a run in the sixth. Pohl knocked a single up the middle to push Canzone around for the 9-1 advantage. Canzone launched an opposite field home run in the eighth for his eighth homer of the season.

 

TO THE BULLPEN
Freshman right-handed reliever Bayden Root worked two innings on three hits, two runs, two earned with four walks and two strikeouts. Junior left-handed reliever Andrew Mango recorded the final out of the game with a strikeout.

DOUBLEHEADER SATURDAY
Due to predicted weather, the Buckeyes and Wolverines will play a doubleheader beginning at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.

1994 TEAM HONORED
As part of Alumni Weekend, the Buckeyes honored the 1994 Big Ten Championship Team before first pitch. Approximately 20 members (players and coaches) made it back tonight to celebrate their 25th anniversary of winning a conference crown, including Coach Bob Todd and All-Americans Matt Beaumont, Jonathan Sweet, Roy Marsh and Brian Mannino.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State has won eight of the last 10 games vs. Michigan.
  • Head coach Greg Beals improves to 13-4 as head coach of the Buckeyes vs. the Wolverines. Beals improves to 7-0 vs. Michigan at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • Tonight was the largest attended home crowd of the season: 1,815.
  • Burhenn struck out a season-high seven tonight.
  • Canzone reached base streak extended to 31 straight contests.
  • Canzone recorded his second triple of the season and sixth of his career.
  • Canzone is hitting .667 (10-for-15) in four games in his career vs. the Wolverines.
  • Todys launched his second homer of the week and fourth of the year.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten with nine triples this season.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (11), Cherry (9), Foppe (5), Pohl (3), Dezenzo (3) and Erwin (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (8), Dingler (6) and Erwin (3).
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (15), Dezenzo (8) and Foppe (2),
  • Multi-RBI games: Todys (8) and Foppe (2).