NILES, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated Youngstown State, 7-4, Tuesday night at Eastwood Field. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl tied the game in the fifth with a grand slam in a three-hit game, while junior right fielder Dominic Canzone blasted the go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the eighth for his team-best 15th homer of the season. Freshman left-handed reliever Mitch Milheim claimed his first collegiate win in the road victory (1-1). With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-24 overall, while the Penguins drop to 12-38 in 2019.
“We wanted to come up here and get some momentum with a win as we go into a big weekend in West Lafayette,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We got some big hits from Conner Pohl and Dominic Canzone. We put up 13 hits on the board which is a great thing to see. Dom’s throw to the plate to end the seventh was huge from a momentum standpoint. It was a big-time play. Dom is so much more than just a hitter with the way he plays right field for us. The arm strength is solid and the accuracy is what’s so good. I told the guys after the game, let’s take it to West Lafayette and let’s go take care of business in our conference.”
COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State concludes the regular season at West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game Big Ten series at Purdue Thursday-Saturday. The Buckeyes (9-12) are in ninth place in the Big Ten standings behind Rutgers (9-11), Northwestern (10-11) and Iowa (12-9) with one weekend of play remaining. Behind the Buckeyes are Maryland (9-12), Michigan State (7-13) and Purdue (7-13). The Top 8 teams in the league will punch their ticket for the 2019 Big Ten Tournament May 22-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The series vs. Purdue will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
PENGUINS JUMP OUT ON TOP
Youngstown State scored the first run on a RBI bloop single by Jeff Wehler in the bottom of the first. Lead-off hitter Lucas Nasonti was hit by a pitch and stole second before scoring on the hit by Wehler. In the bottom of the third, Wehler launched a two-out, three-run homer over the wall in left to make it 4-0 in favor of the Penguins.
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POHL SLAM TIES IT
Pohl from Arcanum, Ohio, launched a two-out grand slam in the top of the fifth on a 2-0 count off YSU starting pitcher Jon Synder over the wall in right to tie the game at 4-all. It marked the first grand slam by the Buckeyes this season.
DOM CAN DO IT ALL
Canzone showed in the late innings vs. the Penguins why he is in the running for the Big Ten Player of the Year award. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Canzone caught a fly ball in right and fired a strike to catcher Brent Todys at the plate to complete the inning-ending double play and keep the score knotted at four apiece. After an infield single by Erwin, Canzone launched a two-run, no-doubt shot over the wall in right to give the Scarlet and Gray their first lead of the game. The homer was Canzone’s 15th of the year, the most homers by a Buckeye in a single season since Christian Snavely hit 16 homers in 2003. He pushed home the team’s seventh run on a sac fly in the ninth.
ON THE MOUND
Ohio State starting pitcher Jake Vance threw three innings and gave up four runs on three hits with one walk in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Joe Gahm tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with two walks and one hit. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root tossed 0.2 scoreless inning with one walk. Milheim earned the win to improve to 1-1, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts on two hits. He fanned one in the eighth and got a YSU hitter to roll into a double play to end the frame.
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