April 21, 2019

Ohio State Claims Series Win at Maryland with 5-1 Victory Sunday

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – Behind a complete-game performance by left-handed sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith, the Ohio State baseball team defeated Maryland, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium to claim its second straight Big Ten series win. Smith, from Cincinnati, Ohio, fanned a career-high 10 hitters, while fifth-year senior centerfielder Ridge Winand blasted two home runs with four RBI. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-18 overall and 6-6 in Big Ten play and the Terrapins fall to 19-21 overall and 6-6 in league action.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“Griffan’s ability to utilize his changeup and move the fastball to both sides of the plate made him very effective,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He controlled the tempo of the game and I wanted him to go as long as possible. It was great to see that out of him this afternoon. Ridge Winand was big for us today. He’s been a grinder for us and has a ton of respect from his teammates as a captain. I’m happy for Ridge that he had a big day for his ball club.”

STARTER TALK
Smith allowed one run in the third but tallied six straight scoreless innings to claim his first career complete-game victory. He fanned a career-high 10 hitters and scattered four hits with two walks and left 11 UMD runners on base to improve to 4-2 on the year.

TWO WINAND LONG BALLS
After hitting his career homer vs. conference-rival Michigan last weekend, the OSU captain gave the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead with two home runs in his first two at-bats vs. Maryland right-handed starting pitcher Trevor LaBonte. He knocked a solo homer in the second and blasted a three-run homer in the third to make it 4-0.

CANZONE EXTENDS REACHED BASE STREAK
Canzone continued his march to consideration for Big Ten Player of the Year when sent a double off the wall in left to extend his reached base streak to 37-consecutive games. He becomes the first Buckeye to reach safely in 37 straight contests since former Buckeye Troy Montgomery reached safely in 37 straight between 2015-16 seasons. Canzone hit .500 on the week (9-for-18) with four runs scored, three doubles, two homers and four RBI. He leads the conference with a .446 average (25-for-56) in nine games.

TERPS GET ON THE BOARD
Maryland got one run in the fourth on two hits. AJ Lee put down a safety squeeze to push Benjamin Cowles across the plate.

BUCKEYES GET ONE BACK
Ohio State added a fifth run in the eighth when Canzone doubled for the second time down the left field line to score Zach Dezenzo. Erwin hit his third single of the game to put runners on the corners before the extra-base hit by the OSU captain. Erwin hit .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles vs. the Terrapins, while Dezenzo hit .500 (6-for-12) with five runs scored, one double, two homers and five RBI in the road series.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will host Iowa in a three-game Big Ten series Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State claims its Big Ten series win over Maryland today.
  • The Buckeyes batted .306 in the series vs. the Terrapins and powered eight home runs and nine doubles.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 37 games. It’s the longest reached base streak by a Buckeye since Troy Montgomery reached safely from 2015-16.
  • Dingler extended his reached base streak to 17 straight games (career-high).
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dezenzo (9), Pohl (9), Erwin (5) and Cherry (4).
  • Canzone extended his hit streak to 14 games (career-high)
  • Other hit streaks extended: Dezenzo (9) and Cherry (4).
  • Winand hit a career-high two homers and four RBI today.
  • Smith worked a career-high nine innings and struck out a career-high 10 hitters today.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (20), Winand (7), Dingler (5) and Erwin (3).
  • Multi-RBI games: Winand (2).
  • Erwin tied his season-high with three hits.
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