April 8, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa- – The Ohio State baseball team dropped the series opener at Penn State, 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field in University Park, Pak. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 12-17 overall and 1-6 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions improve to 11-17 and 1-3 in conference action.
PENN STATE STRIKES FIRST
The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. After back-to-back base hits, a sac bunt and throwing error allowed the first run to cross. An infield single to the left side pushed the second run home. Pavlopoulos settled down on the bump and got a strikeout and force out on a ground ball up the middle to keep it a two-run deficit.
NITTANY LIONS ADD ON
Penn State doubled its lead in the bottom of the third when Ryan Sloniger hit a 3-2 pitch off Pavlopoulos into the gap in left center to plate two runs.
OHIO STATE TRIMS DEFICIT IN FOURTH
The Buckeyes took advantage of a dropped ball in center field when Dominic Canzone grounded out to second base to push Noah McGowan around, who reached third following the PSU error.
PSU EXTENDS LEAD IN SIXTH
Penn State made it a 6-1 contest in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs with two outs vs. the OSU bullpen. A RBI single by Jordan Bowersox score one. A failed pickoff attempt at first base allowed a second run to score.
FIRST COLLEGIATE HOME RUN
Canzone hit his first career home run in the top of the ninth off right-handed reliever Nick Distasio. He sent a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field to lead off the ninth inning for the Buckeyes’ second run.
ON THE MOUND
After allowing a pair of runs in the second and third, Ohio State starting pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos settled down on them mound and chalked 2.1 scoreless innings. He worked 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and falls to 2-3 in 2017. He was relieved by right-handed reliever Curtiss Irving with one down and a runner on first in the bottom of the sixth. Irving pitched an inning and gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts. Left-handed reliever Connor Curlis came in with one down in the bottom of the seventh. Curlis threw scoreless innings and left two on base in the seventh. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning made his Buckeye debut in the bottom of the eighth and pitched a scoreless frame.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at Medlar Field. Game two will begin at 3 p.m. live on BTN. Both games can be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.