February 16, 2020

Pohl’s 10th-Inning Bases-Clearing Double Lifts No. 24 Ohio State over Indiana State, 10-6

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Conner Pohl’s bases-clearing double with two down in the top of the 10th inning lifted the No. 24 Ohio State baseball team over Indiana State, 10-6, Sunday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-1 on the year while the Sycamores drop to 0-3.

Ohio State travels to No. 21 Georgia Tech for a three-game series starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“We were sloppy defensively to say the least,” Greg Beals, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought our pitchers really battled. I still believe that our infield defense is going to be a major strength of our team but we didn’t play that way this weekend. We’re going to pitch the ball effectively and we need to support that pitching staff. We had a really good game last night and we dealt with some tough situations today but we fought and competed. Today wasn’t pretty. We put ourselves in some bad spots but we fought our way through them.”

BUCKEYES TAKE EARLY LEAD
Ohio State jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Nate Karaffa walked and moved to second on a Dillon Dingler sacrifice before a Brent Todys walk put runners on first and second with one down. Conner Pohl then laced a single to right-center off Indiana State junior right-hander Connor Cline to plate the Karaffa for the first run of the game. The Buckeyes still had runners at the corners with one down but Cline was able to strike out Zach Dezenzo before Scottie Seymour grounded out to third to end the inning.

SYCAMORES CUT LEAD IN HALF IN THE THIRD
Ohio State left-hander Griffan Smith worked out of trouble in the first two frames but Indiana State second baseman Brian Fuentes was able to get to the junior in the bottom of the third with a solo long ball to left-center to make it a 2-1 game.

BUCKEYES GET THE RUN RIGHT BACK
The Buckeyes answered back with a run of their own in the top of the fourth. Karaffa reached on a fielder’s choice before a Dingler walk put Buckeyes at first and second with two down. Todys then followed with a bloop single to right off reliever Jake Ridgway to score Karaffa as Ohio State regained a two-run advantage.

OHIO STATE THREATENS AGAIN IN FIFTH
Dezenzo singled to lead off the fifth before Scottie Seymour walked and a bad throw on a failed pickoff of Dezenzo and second moved the runners up to second and third with nobody out. However, Ridgway bounced by to strike out Nolan Clegg, Matt Carpenter and Noah West to escape the jam and keep it a two-run game.

MISCUES COST BUCKEYES IN THE SIXTH
Ohio State made a pair of errors as Indiana State plated three unearned runs to take a 4-3 lead after six. A Nick Barrett single to left scored Diego Gines, who had walked and advanced to third on a throwing error. Then with two out, Dominic Cusumano then hit a ground ball that took a terrible hop on Pohl at first base instead of getting the Buckeyes out of the inning before a throwing error on the play allowed Jordan Schaffer and Barrett to score.

BUCKEYES ANSWER IN THE EIGHTH
Clegg led off the top of the eighth with a solo shot down the left-field line off of Geremy Guerrero to knot the score at 4-4. Pinch-hitter Archer Brookman followed with a double to left-center and a single by West through the left side plated pinch-runner Sam Wilson with the go-ahead run. Austin Cross them came on for the Sycamores and, after a sharp groundout by Karaffa, allowed a single through the left side by Dingler to make it a 6-4 game.

SYCAMORES KNOT IT IN THEIR LAST CHANCE
With Patrick Murphy on the mound for his first appearance in a Buckeye uniform, Indiana State opened the bottom of the ninth with singles from Sean Ross and Miguel Rivera. Gines then singled through the right side to score Ross to make it a one-run game. After a pair of strikeouts by Murphy, a fielding error on a grounder by Schaffer allowed pinch-runner Brandt Nowaskie to plate the tying run.

BIG FOUR-RUN 10TH SEALS IT
Pohl cleared the bases of pinch-runner Aaron Hughes, Dingler and Todys with his huge two-out double to left-center. Dezenzo then walked before Seymour singled through the left side against right-hander Zach Frey to plate Pohl with the Buckeyes’ fourth run of the inning.

RELIEVERS STEP UP
The Buckeye bullpen pitched well on seven innings of work. In his first collegiate appearance, right-hander Wyatt Loncar struck out a pair and allowed a pair of unearned runs in 2.1 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander TJ Brock also was a bright spot, allowing two hits while tying his career-high five strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings. Then Root, who struck out six in three scoreless innings last night, allowed an infield single and fanned a batter in a scoreless 10th.

Notes
– Smith was on a pitch count after recovering from injury. The junior left-hander struck out four, allowing one run on five hits in three frames.
– Dezenzo notched his second-consecutive multi-hit game while Pohl notched his first of the year.
– The game featured 14 pitchers and was played in four hours and 18 minutes.
– Pohl drove in four in the victory.
– Murphy recorded the win in his first appearance as a Buckeye.