Beals Claims 500th Coaching Victory
Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals is enjoying a big year and on Friday night he reached a big milestone.
Playing in front of 1,895 fans at Bill Davis stadium, the homestanding Buckeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 4-2, providing Beals with the 500th victory in his 16th-year head coaching career.
“Five hundred wins means you’ve been around a little bit,” Beals said afterward. “Eight years at Ball State, eight years here at Ohio State. I learned as a young man that you win with people and I’m certainly a product of that. It makes you think about family and I think about my players. Players win games and this may be my 500th win, but everyone was a part of it.”
The OSU victory snapped the nation’s longest win streak – Purdue’s run of 13 straight games.
Right-handed senior reliever Seth Kinker made history, becoming the program’s all-time leader in career appearances. A Senior CLASS Award Finalist, Kinker, from Huntington, W. Va., claimed a three-inning save to tally his 12th of the season in his record-breaking 103rd career appearance.
“For me it was just another appearance,” Kinker said. “It’s something I’ve worked hard for. Of course it’s been in the back of my mind. But just getting that win and snapping Purdue’s win streak, it’s very humbling to be able to call myself the appearance leader, but it’s also one of those things where I’m just happy to go out there and perform for the team.”
With the win capped off by an electric postgame fireworks show, the Buckeyes improved to 32-16 overall and 12-7 in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers drop to 29-17 overall and 13-5 in conference action.
· The Buckeyes held a 4-1 lead through five innings on a gorgeous Friday night for college baseball in Columbus. After Purdue scored a run in the top of the second, the Buckeyes answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With two runners on, senior first baseman Bo Coolen singled through the right side to plate Dillon Dingler. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Noah West gave the Scarlet and Gray a 2-1 lead as Jacob Barnwell scored the go-ahead run. Both teams were kept off the board until the Buckeyes scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior left fielder Tyler Cowles singled to left field to push Kobie Foppe home and with the bases loaded, Barnwell worked a 3-2 count vs. Purdue right-handed starter Tanner Andrews and took ball four to score Conner Pohl from third base.
· Junior left-handed starter Connor Curlis improved to 7-3 on the year, working six innings and limited the Boilermaker bats to one run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
· Kinker came into the game to begin the top of the seventh. After leaving a runner on in the seventh, Kinker allowed an unearned run in the top of the eighth. Purdue got the first two aboard on a lead-off single and catcher’s interference. Kinker stopped a hard comebacker at the mound, bobbled it, but gathered and fired to Coolen at first base for the first out. With runners on second and third, a RBI groundout made it 4-2. Kinker stayed composed on the mound and struck out pinch-hitter Evan Kennedy to keep the two-run lead. In the ninth, the first out was recorded on a relay play at third base after a double by Alec Olund. However, the Purdue right fielder was called out on the tag by Pohl at third after his momentum pushed him off the bag. Kinker struck out two and allowed three hits and one run in three innings of work.
· Ohio State improved to 15-6 at home in 2018.
· The Buckeyes are 11-5 in their last 16 games vs. the Boilermakers.
· Kinker claimed his 12th save of the season and 21st of his career.
· Curlis leads the team with seven victories in 2018.