April 28, 2019

The Good Boys Claw Their Way to 5-1 Win vs. Iowa on Bark in the Park Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team clawed its way back into the win column with a 5-1 victory over Iowa on Sunday on the barks of the Olentangy at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game was the first Bark in Park Day for the Buckeyes. Ohio State left-handed starting pitcher Griffan Smith limited the Iowa bats to one run on three hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work to improve to 5-2. Redshirt sophomore Brent Todys knocked three hits and drove in three runs with one double at the plate.  With the win, Ohio State improves to 24-20 overall and 7-8 in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes drop to 26-16 overall and 11-7 in conference action.

QUOTES FROM COACH
“Today, in my mind, was as big of a game as you can have,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We needed to win today to keep ourselves in position. It’s crazy that we win one out of three this weekend and we climb in the standings, while two weekends ago we beat Michigan and we go down in the standings. That’s how the standings are. They’re based on who plays who and our conference is black and blue. We beat each other up in this conference and you can see how thick the middle of the pack is. That’s just an indication of how tough our conference is.”

“Griffan gave us a quality start. I didn’t think he had his good stuff today. It was a little bit chilly. He’s a feel guy. You saw he was blowing a lot and trying to get a feel. That’s why the changeup wasn’t great, but he was able to mix enough and the fastball was good enough. He got a lot of wins on the fastball today.”

GOOD BOYS WITH THE EARLY LEAD
Ohio State was the first to reach the cookie jar in the bottom of the first when Todys knocked a RBI single to left to score Conner Pohl. The Buckeyes earned a second bone in the third after Winand smacked a lead-off triple to the gap in right center. He then chased home on a wild pitch and finished with a head-first slide, getting a paw on the plate before the tag was applied for the 2-0 lead.

TODYS BARKS ON
Todys collected his third hit of the game in the bottom of the sixth when he ruffed the first pitch he saw off Judkins to the gap in right center to plate two more for a 4-0 advantage.

IOWA GETS A BONE
The Hawkeyes scored one run in the top of the seventh on a RBI grounder. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno kept it a three-run game after a swing and a woof by Izaya Fullard to leave two on base.

BUCKEYES GET ONE BACK
Ohio State got a fifth run in the bottom of the seventh after the Iowa second baseman Mitchell Boe and Iowa right fielder Ben Norman collided in right field for a RBI triple by Matt Carpenter, scoring Dominic Canzone.

MAGNO WITH THE SAVE
Magno worked three innings and claimed his seventh save of the year, scattering three hits with no runs and two strikeouts.

GAME NOTES

  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 40 straight games and hit streak to 17 straight games.
  • His reached base streak is the longest by a Buckeye since Nick Swisher reached safely in 51-consecutive contests in 2002. It’s the longest hit streak by a Buckeye since Ryan Meade and Tony Kennedy had 17-game hit streaks back in 2008.
  • Dillon Dingler extended his reached base streak to 20 straight games.
  • Other hit streaks extended: Winand (4) and Carpenter (3).
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Pohl (11), Winand (4) and Carpenter (4).
  • Multi-hit games: Todys (10).
  • Multi-RBI games: Todys (7).

UP NEXT
Ohio State begins a four-game road swing with a midweek contest at Miami (Ohio) at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio.