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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State baseball team picked up its first conference series sweep of the season taking both games in a doubleheader at Penn State Saturday at Medlar Field in Lubrano Park. Ohio State won game one, 5-1, before blowing out Penn State, 19-8, in the nightcap. The Scarlet and Gray claim their first Big Ten sweep since 2016. With the 3-0 mark on the weekend, Ohio State improves to 24-10 overall and 6-3 in conference action, while the Nittany Lions drop to 7-22 overall and 1-11 in league play.
"We won in different ways this weekend, which is great," head coach Greg Beals said. "We won a one-run game on Friday and we won a game with our bats today in game three. That speaks to our ball club. We are willing to compete for each other and we made sure we took care of business."
— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) April 15, 2018
GAME 1 SUMMARY
- The Buckeyes jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring a run in the third and four in the fourth vs. PSU left-handed starting pitcher Taylor Lehman. Jacob Barnwell sprinted around the bases and touched home plate in the third after a single to right center and two PSU throwing errors. In the fourth, the Scarlet and Gray went back-to-back after solo shots by Brady Cherry and Dillon Dingler for a 4-0 lead. Noah West hit a RBI double for the fifth run.
- Ryan Feltner improved to 4-2 on the year, tossing six scoreless innings and scattered five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
- Left-handed reliever Griffan Smith threw two innings of relief and gave up one run on two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik threw a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
- In the box score, Dingler was 2-for-4 with a home run, Barnwell was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and west was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two doubles. Cherry was 1-for-4 with a home run.
GAME 1 NOTES
- Ohio State claimed its fourth straight win over the Nittany Lions in game one.
- The OSU bats collected their 17th game with at least 10 hits.
- The Buckeye pitching staff had a scoreless innings streak of 25 innings snapped in the bottom of the eighth.
- Foppe extended his reached base streak to 17 games and hit streak to eight straight games.
- Pohl extended his reached base streak to 13 and McGowan extended his reached base streak to 13.
- Cherry hit his second homer of the year in game one. He has 11 home runs in his career.
- Dingler launched his third of the season.
- The Buckeyes went back-to-back in home runs for the second time this year (last time: Cowles/Romans, March 10, 2018).
- Barnwell collected his fifth multi-hit game and West had his fourth multi-hit contest.
- West had a career-high two doubles.
- Feltner claimed his fourth win of the year and eighth of his career. He improves to 2-1 in Big Ten games.
GAME 2: OHIO STATE 19, PENN STATE 8
- The Buckeye bats continued to make solid contact to start game two, putting up a four-spot in the opening at-bat vs. left-handed starter Dante Biasi. Dominic Canzone hit the first pitch of the game for a lead-off single. Foppe hit an opposite field single to right. A RBI double by Noah McGowan scored the first run. Conner Pohl knocked a RBI grounder for the 3-0 lead. Tyler Cowles had the big swing of the inning when he hit a moonshot off a 3-2 pitch against Biasi over the left field foul pole for his fourth home run of the year.
- Penn State made it a one-run game in the bottom of the second after a three-run homer by Shea Sbranti.
- Ohio State had another four spot on the board, this time in the third inning. Cowles knocked a two-run single, Cherry had a RBI single and also scored on a passed ball for the 8-3 advantage.
- In the fourth, the Scarlet and Gray crossed the plate three more times. Canzone doubled, reached third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Pohl then rocketed a two-run shot into the right field bleachers for his fourth homer. Foppe had a sac fly in the fifth. In the seventh, a RBI double by Canzone and sac fly by Foppe made it 14-5.
- Right-handed starter Adam Niemeyer improved to 3-2 on the year, throwing five innings on five runs, nine hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby threw two scoreless inning and struck out three.
- In the box score, Canzone went 3-for-5 with two doubles, RBI and run scored, while Dingler had three hits too. Cowles was 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, hit by pitch and four RBI. Foppe had two runs scored, two RBI and two walks, while Pohl homered in the nightcap.
- Ohio State claims its first conference series sweep since 2016 today. The Buckeyes improve to 69-36 all-time vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. Ohio State outscored the Nittany Lions 23-7 in the three-game series.
- The Buckeyes bats claimed at least 10 hits for the 18th time this season.
- There were a total of 12 walks combined in the game.
- Ohio State had a season-high for runs scored in a Big Ten game (19).
- Pohl extended his hit streak to 14 and Foppe to nine in a row.
- Foppe extended his reached base streak to 18. Other reached base streaks extended Pohl (14) and McGowan (12).
- Cowles hit his fourth homer of the year and seventh of his career. Pohl knocked his fifth of the season and sixth of the season.
- The Buckeyes launched four home runs during the doubleheader and have 29 in 2018.
Ohio State begins an eight-game homestand with a midweek game against Miami (Ohio) at 6:35 p.m. April 17 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
RANDOM NOTES FROM THE AROUND BALLPARK
- The fire alarms around Lubrano Park were going off before the start of the doubleheader. It must have been because Ryan Fuelner [Feltner] was warming up out in right field.
- The dugout went crazy when Barnwell rushed around the base paths and touched home plate in the third inning on the two PSU errors. He’s probably one of the fastest catchers in the Big Ten, but he’s still catcher. It’s always fun to see a catcher run 360 feet and score.
- Great French Fries at the ball park. Extra crunchy. The OSU SID had some around the eighth inning of game one. You’re not you when you’re hungry for 18 innings.
- It was a warm, beautiful day to start the doubleheader around 2 p.m., but that changed by the end of game two. The wind shifted from left to right and the temperature dropped around 31 degrees. That is just incredible. Weather man. Both radio announcers forgot their jackets. Unlike the road warriors that both of them are. See you back at Bill Davis Stadium Tuesday for the homestand.
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