February 25, 2018

Sizzling Bats Ignite Ohio State to 20-13 Win


Feb. 25, 2018

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – It might have been an unusually cold day in the Arizona desert, but that didn’t cool down the Buckeye bats Saturday evening as the Ohio State baseball team lit up the board with 24 hits in a 20-13 win over Utah at KC Field No. 6 in Surprise, Ariz. With the win, the Buckeyes improve 5-2 overall in 2018, while the Utes drop to 0-6 this season. Ohio State had a seven-run sixth inning and an eight-run ninth inning in the team’s second victory over Utah on the weekend. Senior Noah McGowan had another huge performance at the plate, going 5-for-7 with a double, home run and four RBI, while fifth-year senior right-handed reliever Curtiss Irving picked up his first career win.

“The thing I like more than anything from our ball club tonight was our willingness to play all night long and we continued to battle,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We had a tough inning and lost the lead and got down, but never got out and kept fighting and grinding to get back in the ball game. Our pitching staff is going to be better than tonight but that was an offensive ball club we faced today so give them credit. We are really excited about scoring that many runs and getting all those hits but more than anything I like is our mentality and our willingness to be tough competitors for the entire ball game.”

McGowan, from Houston, Texas, highlighted the box score tonight with his first career five-hit game. With his four RBI, he ties his 2017 RBI total just in seven games. That’s not all No. 4 did, though. In the bottom of the second, he came up firing on a single to right field and threw out an advancing runner at the plate for his first outfield assist of the year. He also played first base in the final two innings.

Sophomore Dominic Canzone was 4-for-6 with three runs scored, two RBI, walk and stolen base. Junior Kobie Foppe was 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI. Junior Brady Cherry drove in four runs with a double and walk and run scored. Senior Tyler Cowles was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI. Freshman Dillon Dinger had a pair of hits with a double and two runs scored. Bo Coolen was the sixth Buckeye with a multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, and two RBI.

Irving, from Greenfield, Ind., claimed his first career win tonight. The fifth-year senior tossed a scoreless eighth inning and struck out one batter. Opposing hitters are batting .125 against him this year.  

Cherry sent a sac fly to right field to score Canzone for the first run of the game. Canzone led off the game an infield single. McGowan then hit a tank on a high fastball over the wall in left field for a two-run home run against Utah right-handed starter Tanner Thomas for the 3-0 lead. A sac bunt by Foppe pushed home a fourth run in the top of the second.

The Utes plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to cut the Buckeye lead to one. Rykker Tom sent a sac fly to right field and a RBI ground out by Chandler Anderson made it 3-2. Utah put the score at 4-3 in favor of the Buckeyes after a RBI single by DeShawn Keirsey Jr. in the bottom of the second.

In the bottom of the fourth, Utah plated three runs to take a 6-4 lead. Kiersey singled to shortstop to drive in a run, while a fielding error at second base pushed two runs around

🔼6⃣ | McGowan is crushing it.

Two-run single! Four RBI for him on the day, nation-best 19 RBI on the year, tying his 2017 total in seven games. 😳

OSU 8, UTAH 6#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Zk0FqHqLpI

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) February 25, 2018

The Buckeyes batted around in the sixth inning to take an 11-6 lead, scoring seven runs on seven hits. Canzone barreled a single up the middle for the first run. A bases-loaded walk to Cherry scored Coolen. McGowan drove in two runs on a single through the left side. Cowles singled to right field to push two more runs in. Coolen walked with the bases loaded for the final run of the frame. Dingler had two hits in the inning, including a double down the left field line.

The Utes struck back with six runs in the seventh to take back the lead. Erick Migueles had a RBI single before Tom and Wade Gulden hit back-to-back two-run doubles. A fielder’s choice pushed home the sixth run.

In the eighth, Canzone drove in his second run of the evening on a fielder’s choice with one out. The ninth inning saw the board hit 20. A bases-loaded walk by Utah reliever Trenton Stoltz allowed Conner Pohl to score.  Malik Jones came off the bench and had a two-run single followed by a two-run single by Foppe. Cherry pushed to more runs home on a double and McGowan reached on an error, allowing the 20th and final run to touch home plate.

Cash money Irving, first career win. 🤑#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/tJ1gIyW6fw

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) February 25, 2018

Fifth-year senior right-handed starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer had a no decision tonight, throwing four innings on six runs, four earned, nine hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Freshman left-handed reliever Griffan Smith allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts in two innings. Fifth-year senior right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik gave up three runs on three hits. Redshirt junior right-handed reliever allowed one run on one hit with two strikeouts in the ninth.

Ohio State concludes action at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge at 11 a.m. ET Sunday against No. 2 Oregon State in Surprise, Ariz. Fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos gets the ball for the boys.


  • Ohio State improves to 4-2 all-time vs. Utah and 3-3 all-time at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.
  • Tonight marked the first time Ohio State has scored 20 or more runs since May 5, 2015, in a 20-7 win over Miami (Ohio). It also marked the first time the bats had at least 20 hits since April 17, 2017 at Michigan State (21).
  • The Buckeyes are hitting .331 as a team this year with 22 extra-base hits and 69 runs scored.
  • Ohio State turned its 12th double play of the weekend. The Buckeyes came into the weekend leading the nation in double plays turned.
  • McGowan tied his 2017 RBI total tonight with four more RBI. He has 19 RBI through seven games. He leads the team with a .484 average (15-for-31). Tonight marked his first career five-hit game.
  • Canzone tied his career-high with four hits. He set a career-high with three runs scored.
  • Foppe tied his season-high with three hits and had a season-high three runs scored.
  • Barnwell tied his career high with three runs scored.
  • Cherry had four RBI in a game for the second time in 2018.
  • Cowles had his third three-hit game and Coolen posted his second three-hit game of the campaign.
  • Dingler collected his first career multi-hit game.
  • Reached base streaks extended: Canzone (16), Barnwell (13), Cowles (7), Foppe (7), McGowan (7), Pohl (4) and Cherry (4).
  • Hit streaks extended: Barnwell (6), Canzone (4), Pohl (4), McGowan (3) and Cowles (3).


  • Former Buckeye David Fathalikhani joined the boys for pregame meal and even hopped on the bus with the team on the way to the Surprise Complex. There were a couple throwback electronic tunes played on the speaker system during the 11-minute trip that Fathalikhani enjoyed during his playing days.
  • Baseball administrator Shaun Richard made the highlight reel during BP, robbing an extra-base hit at the 365 sign in left center at the track, using a catcher’s glove. Athlete.
  • Today’s game was not played at the stadium, but at Kansas City Royal’s Practice Field No. 6. No real dugouts. No PA announcer. No videoboard. Just grab your glove and take the field. Summer ball vibes. There were lights though.
  • No press box either, but a white 20-foot perch behind the stands just to the right of home plate. The Ohio State SID had a chair and power, but no table. Buckeye Baseball supporter and friend of the program Bill Wells constructed a temporary platform using a royal blue trash can and a cushion chair. It even had enough space to just keep a computer mouse steady.
  • There were also several advanced scouts up in the perch too. Not really, just former Buckeyes. The real scouts were in the stands behind home plate, more than 30 on hand. Watching the boys from up top were former Buckeyes Brad Goldberg, Kirby Pellant, Tanner Tully, Connor Sabanosh, Tyler Giannonatti, L Grant Davis and Fathalikhani. They were all happy to see each other and reminisced about their OSU playing days and road trips. The glory years.
  • Goldberg added some of his favorite baseball slang to the team’s twitter account @ohiostate_base. Baseball phrases like Mammo, Uncle Charlie, Liñea and Chooch were used tonight (follow us if you don’t already)
  • Coffee and candy were cheap at the concession stand below the “press box”. The coffee was needed as the air temperature dropped in the upper 40s by the end of the four hour and 21 minute game. Tough conditions to type in, but certainly not too cold to not write these random notes.

Some “advanced scouts” in attendance #ForTheBoys.#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/W7OQkWib2c

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) February 24, 2018