March 27, 2019

Ohio State Downs Toledo, 9-4

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team finished off a nine-game homestand with a 9-4 win over Toledo Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone had another big day at the dish, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, one homer and four RBI. Junior right-handed pitcher Jake Vance tossed a career-high six innings pitched on three runs, with six strikeouts. The Buckeyes (14-11) finished their first homestand of the season with a 7-2 record. The Rockets drop to 9-13 in 2019.

BEALS QUOTE
“We wanted to finish off the homestand with a victory to protect our home field and to be rolling into conference play as we head to Rutgers this weekend,” head coach Greg Beals said. “It was great to get a quality start from Jake Vance. It also protected our bullpen for the weekend ahead. I liked how he pitched tonight. He used his fastball a little more and got some strikeouts on some off-speed pitches. Our offense is clicking as we go into Big Ten play and we will need guys like Canzone and Cherry to continue to lead us at the plate.”

BUCKEYE SCORING PLAYS
Ohio State jumped out to a five-run lead after four innings vs. the Rockets. The Buckeyes scored two in the first, four in the second and one in the third. An error allowed the first Buckeye to cross the plate before a wild pitch made it 2-0. Canzone knocked his second hit of the game to score freshman third baseman Nick Erwin in the second. With two on base, freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo launched his fifth homer of the year off UT reliever Kyle Jones to make it 6-2. Canzone drove in his second run on a RBI grounder in the third. The Buckeye captain crushed a two-run homer over the right field wall off UT reliever Aric Mcatee in the fifth to open the game, 9-2.

STARTER TALK
Despite a two-out, two-run single in the second, Vance was solid on the mound tonight in a quality start. He worked a career-high six innings, scattering eight hits on three runs, three earned, and also tied his career-high with six strikeouts. Vance improved to 2-1 on the year.

TO THE BULLPEN
Right-handed reliever Bayden Root relieved Vance in the seventh and fanned two in a scoreless inning of work. Left-handed reliever Griffan Smith tossed a scoreless eighth with one walk and one strikeout. Left-handed reliever Mitch Milheim gave up one run on two hits in the ninth.

UP NEXT
Ohio State opens Big Ten play at Rutgers Friday-Sunday in Piscataway, N.J. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.

 

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 33-6-1 all-time vs. Toledo. The Buckeyes are unbeaten in their last 27 games against the Rockets.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 21 games (career-high). He tied his career-high with four RBI tonight. Canzone leads the team with seven homers. He leads the Big Ten with 29 runs scored in 25 games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Carpenter (7), Foppe (5) Erwin (4) and Pohl (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Carpenter (7), Canzone (5), Pohl (3) and Erwin (3).
  • Cherry collected his team-high 10th double of the season and 40th of his career.
  • Erwin notched his first collegiate double.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (9).
  • Multi-RBI games: Canzone (6) and Dezenzo (5).
  • Dezenzo hit his fifth homer of the season tonight. He leads all Big Ten freshmen in homers in 2019. He tied his season high three RBI.
  • Cherry hit .457 (16-for-35) with six doubles, two homers and nine RBI during the nine-game homestand. Pohl batted .394 (13-for-33) with two doubles and a homer and Canzone hit .382 (13-for-34) with two doubles, triple, three homers and nine RBI.
  • Ohio State as a team homered 12 times, tripled six times and doubled 16 times in nine home games.

RANDOM NOTES AROUND THE BALLPARK

  • There is a new look down the left field line at Bill Davis Stadium. A large awesome graphic was put on the exterior wall of the first floor of the baseball offices building. Gray background with scarlet pennants featuring the years of Buckeye Big Ten championships are to the left side. To the right side of the wall feature the years of NCAA Tournament appearances for the Scarlet and Gray. Pretty cool addition to the park to the newly-renovated left field line patio area. Come check it out at home game this spring.
  • A lot of former Buckeyes around the ball park today. Seth Kinker. Fun fact, he’s never been in the press box. That makes sense. The Ohio State SID also saw former Buckeyes Brad Goldberg, Nick Sergakis and Daulton Mosbarger. Talent all around this place.
  • Ryan Dzingel also in attendance. He plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Buckeye alum. Scored a goal last night in a big win for the boys in blue. Can’t hide talent at Bill Davis.