March 22, 2019

Ohio State Wins Fourth in a Row Friday Night vs. Hawai’i

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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.”

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.

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.

UP NEXT
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 ($).

GAME NOTES

  • The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 at home this season.
  • The OSU bats are hitting .337 with 46 runs scored in six games at Bill Davis Stadium. The team has combined to record a .571 slugging percentage with 13 doubles, four triples and nine homers in six home games.
  • Canzone extended his career-high reached base streak to 18 consecutive games. He had a career-high two-homer game and scored three runs with two RBI.
  • Canzone hit his team-best fifth and sixth homers of the season and 12th and 13th homer runs of his career.
  • Other reached base streak streaks extended: Cherry (9), Ernst (6), Carpenter (4) and Dingler (3).
  • Cherry extended his hit streak to a career-high nine games today.
  • Other hit streaks extended: Carpenter (4).
  • Cherry hit his fifth homer of the year and 17th of his career (leads all active Buckeyes).
  • Root claimed his second win of the week tonight.
  • Pfennig picked up his first career save.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK

  • Windy and chilly day at Bill Davis Stadium. But not in the press box, the Ohio State SID had a live stream of the white sandy beaches of Waikiki Beach on his secondary screen (maybe some basketball too). Looked like a lot of vacationers and locals were catching some waves to start their morning. Man those waters are blue there. Aloha.
  • Scotty Scott. Great name for a lead-off hitter for Hawai’i. He got five balls hit to him in the first two innings. Much to the enjoyment of stats inputter Jason, who wanted to hear his name called over and over again by the broadcasts on press row. Awesome name. Baseball names are neat.