COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated Dayton, 4-2, Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right-handed pitcher Jake Vance claimed the win after throwing four scoreless innings of relief to improve to 3-2 on the year, while junior left-handed reliever Andrew Magno picked up his fifth save of the season. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 18-16 overall, while the Flyers drop to 18-14-1 in 2019.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“We’ve been trying a lot of things with the pitching staff and putting Milheim in the start was something he’s done his whole life,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He pitched his team to state championship team last year as a starter. Today was probably his best outing of the year for us. Jake Vance also had his best performance of the year for us. He pitched with intensity and attacked the zone. Magno shuts it down at the end. I wish we didn’t have to use our closer, but we needed to continue the winning ways heading into a big weekend with that team up north coming to our place on Friday night.”
OHIO STATE TAKES THE LEAD IN THE EIGHTH
The Buckeyes loaded the bases vs. right-handed reliever Aaron Ernst and got the lead with a bases-loaded walk to Conner Pohl. Dillon Dingler drove in another run with a sac fly to make it a 4-2 contest.
SCORING IN THE THIRD
Dayton plated a pair in the top of the third on a fielder’s choice and two-out RBI single by Riley Tirotta. Ohio State made it a 2-1 game in the bottom when Zach Dezenzo scored on a wild pitch.
BUCKEYES TIE IT UP
Ohio State captain Dominic Canzone helped the Buckeyes knot the score at 2-all in the bottom of the sixth. He led off with a double down the line and reached third on a balk call. Brady Cherry drove him home with a sac fly.
ON THE MOUND
Freshman left-handed pitcher Mitch Milheim made his first collegiate start and worked four innings on five hits, two runs, two earned with one walk and three strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher Jake Vance replaced Milheim in the fifth. He worked four innings on three hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Magno tossed a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
⬆️2⃣ | Milheim with two Ks.
A 1-2-3 top.
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Ohio State is set to host conference-rival No. 24 Michigan Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series vs. the Wolverines will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
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