March 3, 2018
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PENSACOLA, Fla. – Chalk up a key win early in the year, that’s what the boys did in Pensacola tonight. The Ohio State baseball team rallied with seven unanswered runs to win, 9-6, over No. 16 Southern Miss Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Fla. With their first nationally-ranked win of the season, the Buckeyes improve to 7-3 overall in 2018, while the Golden Eagles move to 7-3 this season. Ohio State sprayed 15 hits around the diamond highlighted by a four-run eighth inning and added two more runs in the ninth. Conner Pohl went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Noah McGowan was 2-for-4 with four runs scored, triple, RBI and two walks. Dominic Canzone also had three hits on the night with a RBI and stolen base. On the mound, Curtiss Irving claimed the win to improve to 2-0 and Seth Kinker picked up his third save.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“I think that was the story more than anything was how we kept fighting,” head coach Greg Beals said. “It was a heavy-weight fight, especially early in the game. Those two starters were going at it and both paid a lot of tax. They didn’t go deep in the ball game because the lineups were tough. They pitched really well, but they had to pay the price. It became a battle of the bullpens and the bats really after that. What I really liked was that we were down 6-2 against a really good team in a hostile environment and our guys kept fighting back and put seven unanswered runs today to win an important baseball game. We need to verify a victory like tonight with another win tomorrow.”
ERROR HELPS GOLDEN EAGLES SCORE TWO
The Golden Eagles capitalized on a Buckeye throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead. Matthew Guildry singled through the left side and Cole Donaldson hit a single through the right side to push two unearned runs around.
TOWERING SHOT BY POHL
Pohl got the Buckeyes tied up at 2-all in the top of the fourth when he blasted a 3-2 hanging slider off Southern Miss right-handed starter Nick Sandlin for a towering two-run home run over the wall in right. Noah McGowan was hit by a pitch to start the inning. The long ball was the first runs allowed by Sandlin this year.
“I know everyone can hit in our lineup,” Pohl said. “I never doubted one minute that we were going to lose. He got me to a 3-2 and he threw me two changeups that I saw that dipped off the plate on the right side and then he threw me a slider over the plate and it was up and I just took advantage of it.”
FOUR SPOT FOR SOUTHERN MISS IN FIFTH
Southern Miss regained the lead in the fifth with four runs on three hits. Hunter Slater singled to right field before a hit by pitch with the bases loaded scored a second run. Guildry reached on a fielder’s choice and pushed a run home and Donaldson singled through the right side for to 6-2 score.
Ohio State made it a three-run game in the top of the sixth after Andrew Fishel hit a grounder to first base for a fielder’s choice to score McGowan. However, a 6-4-3 double play ended the rally early for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray would recover though with a four-run eighth inning to take their first lead of the evening. It all started on a dropped ball in right field score Brady Cherry to put the Buckeyes within two runs. Pinch-hitter Dillon Dingler then singled to deep right field to plate Tyler Cowles. Canzone then ripped an opposite field single to left field to give the team a 7-6 lead. In the ninth, Ohio State added two insurance runs with McGowan crushed a triple off the wall to dead center and Pohl singled to right field for his third RBI of the game.
? A few moments with Conner Pohl, who homered for the third time against a nationally-ranked opponent this year.
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Junior right-handed starter Ryan Feltner tossed five innings and allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks in a no decision. He did a good job to get out of a tough jam in the fourth, leaving two runners on base. A glove flip to Barnwell at the plate got the lead runner before a strikeout and ground out to Coolen ended the stanza. That was a big moment in the game as the Golden Eagles were looking to open the game in their favor.
TO THE BULLPEN
The bullpen was good again tonight, keeping the hot-hitting USM team off the board for the final four innings. Freshman left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith threw 1.1 innings and struck out two one hit. Irving came in the game in the bottom of the seventh with one out and a runner on third. His fastball was cooking and got back-to-back strikeouts to keep it a three-run deficit. Kinker pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one walk to claim his third save of the year and second in as many days.
Ohio State concludes action at the 2018 Cox Diamond Invitational at 10 a.m. ET Sunday at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Fla. Adam Niemeyer gets the start for the boys.
We play a baseball game today.
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