April 13, 2019

Ohio State Claims Series Win over No. 24 Michigan Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of an electric crowd of 5,280 fans at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, the Ohio State baseball team claimed a series win over No. 24 Michigan Saturday with a doubleheader split vs. the Wolverines. The Buckeyes (20-17, 4-5 B1G) won game one, 10-4, while the Wolverines (24-11, 5-3 B1G) took game two of the twinbill, 6-2. The crowd on hand today was the second-largest at Bill Davis Stadium.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“We’re disappointed we didn’t win game three,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I thought we played really clean and really tough those first two games and we weren’t clean there in game three. We had some unearned runs and if we can eliminate those unearned runs, it would keep the game tighter and give us some more offensive options, but that wasn’t the case. At the end of the day, we won the series and we won the rivalry. The thing for me and the thing for our ball club to take away is how we went about it and the energy and focus we had. Our guys were locked in. They’re exhausted right now. Starting with the come from behind victory on the road and into this weekend, hopefully we learned a lot about ourselves and there’s a lot to build on.”

DOM PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS
Junior outfielder Dominic Canzone made a big statement this weekend vs. the Maize and Blue. The OSU captain batted .643 (9-for-14) with four runs scored, one double, one triple, two homers and four RBI against one of the top pitching staffs in the league. He extended his career-high reached base streak to 33 games and now leads the Scarlet and Gray in average (.360), slugging (.620) and on-base percentage (.446).

GAME 1: NO. 24 MICHIGAN 4, OHIO STATE 10
For the second straight game, the Buckeye batters recorded double-digit hits, while the Scarlet and Gray pitchers combined to strike out 10 UM hitters in the game in a 10-4 win in game one of the doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone continued to give the Wolverines problems as the captain went 3-for-5 at the dish with a double, home run and two RBI, while fellow captain and fifth-year senior Ridge Winand was 2-for-3 with a two runs scored, home run, three RBI and a walk. Freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo also homered and senior left fielder Brady Cherry and junior first baseman Conner Pohl each recorded multi-hit games and drove in a run. On the bump, redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway improved to 5-3 on the year, working 5.2 innings, while freshman right-handed pitcher Will Pfennig struck out six in 3.1 innings of relief to claim the save.

BATS IGNITE FOR BIG LEAD EARLY
Ohio State powered five extra-base hits, including three homers to take an 8-0 lead through three innings vs. UM right-handed starting pitcher Karl Kauffmann. Zach Dezenzo blasted a 0-2 pitch to dead center in the bottom of the second. In the third, Canzone roped a ball off the scoreboard for a solo homer to make it 3-0. Cherry then ripped a liner to left and it took a tough hop off the UM right fielder for a RBI triple. The big hit in the inning came when Winand launched a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a three-run homer. It was his first career home run for the fifth-year senior captain.

WOLVERINES GET ON THE BOARD
Michigan emptied the bases in the top of the sixth on three-run double by Jimmy Kerr. Jordan Nwogu homered in the seventh to cut the Buckeye lead to five runs.

BUCKEYES ADD ON
In the sixth, Canzone pulled a 1-1 pitch to right center for his third hit of the afternoon and pushed Winand around for the 9-4 lead. Brent Todys scored the 10th run in the seventh with a sac fly to right.

ON THE MOUND
Lonsway worked 5.2 innings on five hits, three runs, three earned with four walks and four strikeouts in the win. Pfennig struck out a season-high six hitters in 3.1 innings of relief on two hits, one run, one earned, six strikeouts and no walks.

GAME 1 NOTES

  • Ohio State claims its first ranked series win of the year.
  • The Buckeyes have won three straight home series vs. the Wolverines win the win in game one.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 32 straight games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (12), Cherry (10), Foppe (6), Pohl (4) and Dezenzo (4).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (9), Dingler (7) and Dezenzo (4).
  • Winand hit his first career homer today and tallied a career-high three RBI.
  • With three hits, Canzone has combined to register 13 hits in five games vs. the Wolverines in his career.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (16), Cherry (13), Pohl (10) and Winand (5).
  • Multi-RBI games: Canzone (7), Dezenzo (7) and Winand (1).
  • Pfennig struck out a season-high six batters to claim his second save of the season.

GAME 2: NO. 24 MICHIGAN 6, OHIO STATE 2
The Wolverines won, 6-2, in the series finale as right-handed starter Jeff Criswell worked 6.2 innings and limited the OSU bats to two runs, no earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks to improve to 3-1. Canzone led the Buckeyes at the dish with a 2-for-4 game, while Winand also went 2-for-4.

MICHIGAN JUMPS OUT ON TOP
The Wolverines scored a single run in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, respectively, and added one in the eighth. Dominic Clemente homered in the second and Jesse Franklin had a RBI ground out in the third. A RBI triple by Ako Thomas made it a 3-0 run deficit. The Maize and Blue added a fourth in the fifth when Jimmy Kerr singled to plate an unearned run. A RBI grounder in the sixth put the score at 5-2 in favor of the Wolverines.

OHIO STATE CUTS THE UM LEAD
The Buckeyes plated two runs on two hits and one error in the fifth. Winand singled to left field and an error by Jordan Nwogu allowed Zach Dezenzo to cross the plate. A RBI grounder by Canzone pushed Winand around.

ON THE BUMP
Sophomore left-handed sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith tossed five innings on eight hits, four runs, three earned with two walks and tied his career-high with seven strikeouts. He falls to 3-2 on the year. Junior right-handed pitcher Joe Gahm worked 2.1 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Junior left-handed pitcher Andrew Magno tossed the final 2.1 innings and didn’t allow a run with two strikeouts and no walks.

GAME 2 NOTES

  • The win for the Wolverines in game two of the doubleheader snaps an eight-game home win streak for the Buckeyes against Michigan.
  • Head coach Greg Beals moves to 14-5 as head coach of the Buckeyes vs. Michigan.
  • Hit streaks extended: Dezenzo (5) and Todys (3).
  • Canzone’s reached base streak extended to 33 straight games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (13), Foppe (7), Dezenzo (5), Pohl (5) and Todys (3).
  • Ohio State scored a combined 22 runs in three games vs. the Wolverines this weekend. The Buckeye bats .340 and slugged .560 with three doubles, two triples and five home runs.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (17) and Winand (6).

1999 AND 2009 TEAMS RECOGNIZED
The 1999 and 2009 Big Ten Championship Teams were recognized before first pitch of both games this afternoon as part of Alumni Day. More than 20 members from each team made the trip back to Columbus this weekend to celebrate their 20th and 10th anniversaries, respectively.

 

UP NEXT
Ohio State wraps up its five-game homestand with a midweek matchup against Xavier at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

 

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