COLUMBUS, Ohio – The streak continues for the boys. The Ohio State baseball team beat Georgetown, 13-5, on a brisk Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With their seventh straight win, the Buckeyes improve to 15-6 overall, while the Hoyas drop to 5-15 in 2018. Dominic Canzone kept barreling up baseballs like he did last week, going 2-for-3 with four runs scored, grand slam, four RBI, two walks and stolen base.
QUOTE FROM THE SKIPPER
“Keeping the win streak alive is No. 1,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We had a great first inning offensively. It set the tempo for the rest of the night. The weather was a challenge with the cold. I’d like our pitchers to be a little cleaner than they did today, but we had no errors and swung the bat really well. We continued to stay hot with the bats and we are going to need that success to continue.”
EIGHT SPOT IN THE FIRST
Ohio State lead-off hitter Dominic Canzone hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first. Yes, that’s possible. The Buckeyes batted around in their opening at-bat, scoring eight times on six hits vs. Georgetown starter Jacob Grzebinski. Foppe singled to center field to score Canzone for the first run. Conner Pohl knocked a single to first base to plate Kobie Foppe. Tyler Cowles sent a 2-0 pitch the other way for a RBI single. The big blast in the inning came from Canzone we he roped a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right to clear the bases with his second career grand slam, making the score 8-0.
GU SCORING PLAYS
Eddie McCabe hit a two-run single up the middle in the top of the third. In the fourth, a passed ball pushed a fourth run around. In the top of the sixth, Ryan Weisenberg single through the right side for the fifth run.
BUCKEYES ADD ON
Foppe tripled down the right field line to score Canzone for the third time in the fourth, while Cherry had a sac fly for the 10th run. In the bottom of the sixth, Ohio State added three runs when Brady Cherry knocked a two-run triple down the right field line and McGowan had a RBI single.
ON THE MOUND
Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis improved to 4-0, throwing five innings and struck out five with four walks, three hits, four runs and three earned runs. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby started the sixth and threw 2.2 innings on three hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno pitched 0.2 innings on one hit, one walk and one strikeout. Right-handed pitcher Jake Vance finished off the Hoyas, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout.
– Today was the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Hoyas since the 2007 campaign. Ohio State is now 4-0 at home.
– The Scarlet and Gray improve their win streak to seven straight games, tying the longest win streak by a Buckeye team since the 2016 campaign.
– The Buckeye registered double-digit hits for the 12th time this year.
– Cowles has reached base in all 21 games this year (career-high).
– Hit streaks extended: Canzone (6), Cowles (4) and Cherry (4).
– Reached base streaks extended: Cherry (7), McGowan (7), Canzone (6) and Foppe (5).
– Multi-hit games: McGowan (12), Canzone (11), Pohl (8), Foppe (7) and Cherry (6).
– Canzone leads the team with six multi-RBI games. He is hitting .417 in his last 10 games with 20 hits, 11 runs scored, four doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI, three walks and two stolen bases. In the field, he has 26 putouts in the outfield in the last 10 games.
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
– The boys got fired up by one of their biggest fans pregame. Archer, the 15th-month son of strength and conditioning coach Dean Hansen, was seen running around with the guys before pregame stretch in left field. He found the team’s three-pound weights that are used during the team’s throwing program routine lined up down the left field foul line and started curling them. Perfect form. The boys were not surprised. After all, it is Dean Hansen’s kid. Never too early to start working on those broceps.
– There was a coaching staff connection today between Ohio State and Georgetown. Associate head coach Mike Stafford was the manager of both volunteer coaches on each team during the summer of 2014. He was manager of the year for the Grand Lake Mariners, coaching OSU volunteer coach Dan DeLucia and GU volunteer coach Phil Disher. That’s cool.
– Some of the OSU women’s hockey team was in attendance again tonight. The electricity was pumping, especially for whenever catcher Jacob Barnwell caught the ball or did anything really. He is after all a fan favorite.
– Matt Leininger was on the mic again today. This time, we only had one seventh inning stretch. He got the OSU SID though in the press box after the end of the sixth, saying “Alright, everybody get on your feet…” But he wasn’t pressing the mic button. Good one Matt.
– Don’t be confused with the lineup card for the Hoyas. They had two starters with the name Ryan Davis in the batting order. No relation. And they were hitting back-to-back too. The next guy in the order was also named Ryan, but no Davis last name. Only in baseball. What a fun sport.