February 17, 2019

Ohio State Sweeps Seton Hall at Snowbird Classic

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.  – A weekend sweep to start 2019. That’s a great start for the boys. The Ohio State baseball team defeated Seton Hall, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park to finish off a 3-0 weekend in Port Charlotte, Fla. Junior right-handed pitcher Jake Vance claimed the win, throwing five innings and tying his career high with six strikeouts, while fifth-year senior Thomas Waning picked up his first save of the year. At the dish, junior Dominic Canzone went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Freshman Zach Dezenzo was 2-for-4 with a RBI.

QUOTE FROM COACH
It’s great to get a win today and get a three-game sweep to start the season off,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I think Seton Hall is a solid ball club. I think they are going to win their share of games, so we got some quality victories. We got some good offense earlier in the game. A good at-bat from Pohl in the first inning and a homer by Dom in the second. They mixed and matched the rest of the way on their pitching each time through the order. That was a challenge for the guys. Our pitching staff did a great job. Jake Vance gave us a quality start and we used two rookies with Milheim and Pfennig getting some work, while Magno and Waning finished it off for us. Good weekend overall and I’m happy where we are at from a pitching staff standpoint.”

BUCKEYES STRIKE FIRST
For the third straight day, the Buckeyes got on the board first vs. the Pirates. Control was an issue for SHU left-handed starter Tyler Burnham who walked the first two batters of the game on eight straight pitches. Conner Pohl gave the Scarlet and Gray the lead for the second-consecutive day with a RBI double to the gap in left center. Dezenzo came up with his first collegiate hit with a RBI single to make it 2-0. Noah West added a third run with a sac fly.

DOM DINGER
Canzone launched his second homer of the weekend on a 2-0 count vs. right-handed reliever Brennan O’Neil into the woods behind the right field fence in the bottom of the second. Kobie Foppe was on base after a nine-pitch at-bat ended with a single to left.

PIRATES CUT THE LEAD
Seton hall trimmed its deficit to three following RBI doubles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Vance got through five when he got a SHU hitter to strike out looking and maintain a three-run cushion. Vance finished the day scattering five hits on two runs with six strikeouts and no walks. The Pirates scored their final run on a RBI single in the top of the eighth.

BULLPEN CLOSES THE DOOR
Freshman relievers Mitch Milheim and Will Pfennig each had solid outings to begin their careers. Milheim threw a scoreless sixth, while Pfennig allowed just one unearned run on two hits in two innings of work. Andrew Magno recorded the first out of the ninth before Waning received the save after stranding two runners with a fly out to end the game.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes travel south for a single contest at FGCU at 5 p.m. Monday at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. The Eagles will be broadcasting the game on Facebook live.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 24-10 all-time at the Snowbird Classic. The weekend sweep marks the third time Ohio State has gone undefeated at the Snowbird Classic (2015, 2017 & 2019).
  • The Buckeyes improves to 8-4 all-time vs. the Pirates.
  • Jake Vance tied his career high with six strikeouts.
  • Nolan Clegg made his collegiate debut starting as the designated hitter.
  • Mitch Milheim also made his first career collegiate appearance on the mound to start the sixth. Will Pfennig made his debut to begin the seventh.
  • Canzone hit his second home run of the season and ninth of his career. He had his first multi-hit game of 2019.
  • Zach Dezenzo recorded his first collegiate hit and RBI today in a multi-game performance.
  • Thomas Waning picked up his first save of the year and second of his OSU career.
  • The Buckeye pitching staff did not walk a batter today and only walked three hitters over the weekend with a combined 25 strikeouts.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK

  • Sunday morning in Port Charlotte. Guess what? It was sunny and warm. 83 degrees. The boys got to the park right before the clock hit 10 a.m. local time. Associate head coach Mike Stafford threw BP today since the boys were facing a left-handed pitcher. The Ohio State SID had a surprise for him when he took position behind the L screen, his very own country playlist. There are some things that go together. Country music and baseball. The perfect match.
  • It was a special day in the dugout. The boys got to see strength and conditioning coach Dean Hansen in his bright scarlet sweep pants on the first weekend of the year. He doesn’t skip leg day. Everyone had a little extra juice during team stretch. Also an update on his bacon count: Day 1: 16 | Day 2: 18 | Day 3: 17. 51 pieces of bacon!
  • The wind picked up at first pitch today. Not as many of the fans were sitting behind home plate in the launch chairs. Everyone was enjoying the sun on both sides of the dugouts with a cool breeze flowing through.
  • The smell of delicious brats were grilling behind home plate at the park this afternoon. Juicy and very tasty with some spicy brown mustard. The Ohio State SID got some of the mustard on his scorebook. Exactly in the first and second inning columns. A foreshadowing of runs for the Scarlet and Gray? You better believe it!
  • Fun times in Port Charlotte once again. Shout out to the Snowbird Classic volunteers, thanks for being great hosts to start our season. See you in Fort Myers tomorrow night at FGCU.