May 11, 2019

Ohio State Splits Doubleheader vs. Penn State Saturday on Senior Day


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of 1,836 fans on Senior Day, the Ohio State baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday against Penn State at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Behind a dominant performance on the mound by Seth Lonsway, the Buckeyes shut out the Nittany Lions, 2-0, in game one, while Penn State won game two, 10-6. With the series win, Ohio State moves to 27-24 overall and 9-12 in Big Ten play. Penn State goes to 21-14 overall and 4-18 in conference action.

Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway struck out a career-high 13 batters in eight scoreless innings as the Buckeyes took down Penn State, 2-0, in game one of the doubleheader. Redshirt junior Matt Carpenter came up with the big one-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh for the eventual game-winning play. Junior left-handed reliever Andrew Mango pitched a scoreless ninth to claim his 10th save of the season. Freshman Nick Erwin had a two-hit game.

Both starting pitchers limited the bats to no runs through six innings. PSU right-handed starter Eric Mock worked five scoreless innings on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts in a no decision game. He was relieved in the top of the sixth by left-hander Hutch Gagnon. Lonsway stranded two runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh with his 12th strikeout of the game to tie his season high. Lonsway scattered five hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts to improve to 6-4 on the year. Gagnon received the loss to drop to 0-1.

The OSU redshirt junior second baseman came up big at the dish when he cracked a 1-2 pitch off PSU reliever Kyle Virbitsky into the gap in left center in the bottom of the seventh for a two-run double to put the Buckeyes on top, 2-0. Erwin singled up the middle before Dominic Canzone doubled down the right field line.


  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 46 games with a lead-off hit by pitch in the bottom of the first.
  • Pohl was hit by a pitch in the first to extend his reached base streak to 18 games (career-high).
  • Dingler extended his reached base streak to 26 straight games.
  • Multi-hit games: Erwin (5).
  • Canzone collected his 13th double of the season and 35th of his career.
  • Lonsway fanned a career-high 13 hitters.
  • Magno picked up his 10th save of the season.

Penn State jumped out to a quick lead and maintained control throughout the series finale, winning 10-6. The Nittany Lions scored three in the second, two in the fourth and five in the fifth to take a commanding lead over the Buckeyes. PSU starting pitcher Conor Larkin struck out 10 in six innings limiting the Scarlet and Gray bats to three hits to improve to 4-2 on the year. Ohio State starting pitcher Griffan Smith received the loss to fall to 5-4.

Brady Cherry launched a solo homer over the left field wall in the second. Dominic Canzone blasted a solo homer over the right field wall in the third. The two Buckeyes have combined for 25 homers this spring.

Ohio State plated four runs on three hits in the bottom of the ninth. Malik Jones knocked a bases-clearing double before Andrew Fishel hit a RBI double. Kobie Foppe also singled through the right side. However, a fly out to right ended the game.


  • Ohio State finishes the home schedule with a 15-10 record.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 47 straight games (career-high). He’s hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games.
  • Canzone leads the team with 14 homers. It’s the most homers by a Buckeye in 10 years (Dan Burkhart, 2009).
  • Dingler extended his reached base streak to 27 contests (career-high).
  • The OSU pitching staff combined to strike out 24 hitters in the series over Penn State. The staff has struck out 471 strikeouts this spring, which is 24 strikeouts shy of the OSU team record set in 2016 (495).
  • Multi-hit games: Cherry (17).

Saturday was the final home game at Bill Davis Stadium for seven seniors, including Brady Cherry, Ridge Winand, Thomas Waning, Andrew Fishel, Nate Romans, Malik Jones and Kobie Foppe. The 2019 senior class has been a part of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament title team and two NCAA Regional appearances (2016 and 2018). To see photos of the senior recognition, click here.

Ohio State concludes the 2019 regular season with four road games next week. The Buckeyes are set for a bus trip north to play at Youngstown State at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, before traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., for their final B1G series Thursday-Saturday at Purdue.