COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team claimed its fourth straight win with a 6-5 victory over Hawai’i Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, two homers and two RBI. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry continued to swing a hot bat with a home run in a three-hit game. On the mound, freshman right-handed reliever Bayden Root claimed his second win of the week after throwing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief to improve to 2-1. Freshman right-handed reliever Will Pfennig registered his first career save with a strikeout to end the game in the ninth. The Buckeyes improve to 12-10 overall, while the Rainbow Warriors drop to 9-13 in 2019.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“I’m really happy that we are righting the ship at home,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I like where we are at offensively. We had some big hits today. One of them was Dezenzo’s two-out base hit for a RBI. Obviously, Canzone and Cherry had big days for us. We need those guys to produce in order to win games. I think it was critical that we won a one-run game. These young pitchers are getting out there in a close situation and succeeding. The tying run was on third base and Will Pfennig threw a couple nasty breaking balls to end the game. That’s great to see. Bayden Root gave us a great outing. He settled things down to allow our offense to get back in the game. We also played great defense tonight to support our pitching staff.”
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— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioStateBASE) March 22, 2019
DOM GOES YARD TWICE
Canzone gave the Buckeyes the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when he launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in centerfield off Hawaii right-handed starting pitcher Li’I Pontes. He did it again in the bottom of the third when he crushed the first pitch off Pontes for a solo homer over the right field wall for the 2-0 lead. Kobie Foppe scored Dillon Dingler in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI single to push the lead to three runs
HAWAII TAKES THE LEAD
The Rainbow Warriors fought back with four runs on three hits and one Buckeye error in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back RBI singles and a Buckeye fielding error in centerfield tied it at 3-all. Ethan Lopez gave Hawai’i the lead with a sac fly to right.
CHERRY TIES THE GAME
Cherry tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a solo shot over the right field wall for his fifth homer of the year. Cherry is hitting .455 (20-for-44) in his last 10 games with 11 runs scored, seven doubles, two homers and 11 RBI.
🔥@brady_cherry stays hot
— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioStateBASE) March 23, 2019
BUCKEYES REGAIN THE LEAD
Canzone started a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off double for his third extra-base hit of the game. After a bunt single by Matt Carpenter, Conner Pohl scored Canzone with a sac fly before Zach Dezenzo knocked a 2-0 pitch vs. Colin Ashworth for a clutch-two out RBI single to make it a 6-4 game.
ON THE MOUND
Ohio State left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith cruised through the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. He allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root relieved Smith with two on and two down in the fifth and kept it a one-run deficit with a ground out. He worked 3.1 scoreless innings of relief on two hits with one walks and three strikeouts to improve to 2-1. Pfennig, from Mason, Ohio, pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. The strikeout was a big one as he stranded the tying run on third to seal the team’s fifth home win of the season.
Ohio State and Hawai’i are back on the diamond at 3:05 p.m. Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).
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