Ohio State scored four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth and held off a Coastal Carolina charge in the ninth to claim a 7-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium.
Ohio State (9-6) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Brady Cherry and Noah McGowan drew two-out walks and Conner Pohl hit a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield to drive in Cherry.
Coastal (12-5) loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and came away with two runs. Kevin Woodall Jr., walked to start the bottom half and Zach Biermann followed with a single. Lee Sponseller walked to put a Chant on every base. Michael Koenig found the hole at shortstop to drive in Woodall and keep the bases loaded. Lee Sponseller then delivered a sacrifice fly to center to give CCU its lead.
The Chants pushed their lead to 3-1 in the seventh. Lancaster drew a leadoff walk and Parker Chavers reached on a fielder’s choice. Biermann roped a single to right to bring home Lancaster.
The Buckeyes rallied with four runs in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs to start the frame. McGowan scored the Bucs first run on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Nate Romans hit a two-run double to left-center field. Pinch hitter Andrew Fishel singled to score Romans.
Ohio State pulled away when McGowan hit a two-run home run in the ninth,
Coastal scored two in the ninth. Seth Lancaster singled, Woodall doubled and Biermann had an RBI ground out. With two outs, Kieton Rivers came through with an RB double to right-center. Then, with runners on the corners, Seth Kinkler recorded a strikeout to close the game and improve to 2-1.
Later in the day, Coastal Carolina scored two runs in the first inning, but that was all it could manage in suffering a 3-2 loss to High Point in the backend of a mixed doubleheader Sunday.
Coastal Carolina (12-6) will stay at home to host UConn on Tuesday with first pitch set for 4 pm. High Point improves to 8-7.
Coastal got off to a quick start versus Panthers as leadoff hitter Seth Lancaster doubled to start the home half of the first inning. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch. Kevin Woodall Jr., also singled and Zach Biermann walked to set the stage for an RBI single from Kyle Skeels for a 2-0 lead.
High Point cut its deficit in half, 2-1, in the second. Hunter Lee and Blake Schunk started the frame with singles and Jordan Sergent loaded the bases with a one-out single. JJ Woodard delivered a sacrifice fly to plate the Panthers’ first run.
A solo home run by Tanner Wells to start the fourth knotted the game at 2-2.
The Panthers took a 3-2 lead in the eighth. Carson Jackson reached on a fielder’s choice and scored one batter later when Blake Schunk doubled to right field.
Trevor Damron (0-1) suffered the loss. He allowed one hit and one run in 3.1 innings of relief. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Jay Causey got his first career start and struck out five in four innings.