March 29, 2019

Ohio State Wins B1G Opener, 5-3, in 11 Innings at Rutgers Friday

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Behind a career-high, four-hit game for redshirt junior Matt Carpenter, the Ohio State baseball team rallied to win, 5-3, in 11 innings in its Big Ten opener at Rutgers Friday afternoon at Bainton Field. Carpenter, from Aurora, Ohio, knocked a one-out, two-run double in the top of the 11th to help the Buckeyes claim their first conference win of the year. Junior left-handed reliever Andrew Magno claimed his first career win after throwing three innings of relief work. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 15-11 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play, while the Scarlet Knights drop to 6-16 overall and 0-1 in conference action.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“It was a critical thing that we got the victory today for our Big Ten opener,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We got several hits today, but left a lot on base. We need to do a better job with two outs offensively. I really liked Garrett Burhenn. He comes out and give us seven strong innings in his B1G debut. Andrew Magno finished it up gave us three strong innings. We had a fluke play in the ninth inning on a double play ball. Carp [Carpenter] has been really solid there, but rushed one to win a ball game. He showed his competitive toughness to come back from that and get a big hit for us in the 11th.”

STARTER TALK
Burhenn, from Indianapolis, Ind., threw his third straight quality start today in his Big Ten debut. He worked seven innings and limited the RU bats to two runs, one earned, scattering six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a no decision.

OHIO STATE WITH THE EARLY LEAD
The Buckeyes scored a run in the first and a pair of runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead after three frames. A failed pick -off throw at first base allowed Matt Carpenter to cross the dish with the throwing error. Canzone singled and Carpenter doubled to start the at-bat. In the second, a safety squeeze worked to perfection as freshman Nick Erwin laid the bunt down to push Dillon Dingler around. Canzone knocked his second hit of the day to score Kobie Foppe. The Scarlet Knights plated a run in the first on a wild pitch. A RBI single by Tim Dezzi made it a one-run contest.

ERROR TIES THE GAME
With one down and two on, the Scarlet Knights tied the game after a throwing error allowed the tying run to score on a potential game-ending double play turn. Dingler threw out his second runner of the game to send the game into extra innings.

CHANCE IN THE TENTH
Ohio State had an opportunity to take the lead in the tenth with the bases loaded, however, a high chopper back to the mound started a 1-2-3 double play to end the OSU at-bat.

TO THE BULLPEN
Right-handed reliever Bayden Root relieved Burhenn to start the eighth. After a lead-off walk, a sac bunt put a runner on second. Root fanned a hitter before a two-out walk put two on base. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning came in to relieve Root and walked a batter to load the bases. However, he fanned designated hitter Peter Serruto on three pitches to leave the bases loaded and maintain the one-run lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Magno came into the game and gave up one unearned run due to the throwing error. He struck out three on two hits and one walk in a career-high three innings pitched.

THE RALLY
Kobie Foppe and Ridge Winand started the 11th with walks. With two on, Erwin put a bunt down and reached safely on a throwing error. Carpenter then came up with one down and sent a 3-2 pitch off Serafina Brito into the gap in left center to plate two runs for the eventual game-winning knock.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Rutgers meet at 1 p.m. ET Saturday in game two of the series. Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway will make his B1G debut vs. the Scarlet Knights. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

  • Today marked the second time the Buckeyes have made the trip to Piscataway, N.J.
  • Ohio State improves to 8-5 all-time vs. the Scarlet Knights.
  • The Buckeyes left 11 on base, while Rutgers stranded 10.
  • The Scarlet and Gray had 14 hits today. The bats have registered at least 10 hits in 13 games.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 22 games (career-high)
  • Other reach base streaks extended: Carpenter (8), Foppe (6) and Pohl (4).
  • Hit streaks extended: Carpenter (8), Canzone (6) and Pohl (4).
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (10), Pohl (8). Carpenter (4) and Dingler (2).
  • Burhenn has registered six innings or more in his last three starts this spring.
  • Carpenter had a career-high four-hit game.
  • Dingler threw out two runners today behind the plate.
  • Magno struck out a career-high three batters in his first collegiate win of the season.