NASHVILLE, Tn. (KPLC) - Much like their regional opening loss to Indiana State, the Cowboys were outdone by just a single run as Ohio State ended the Pokes’ season after a 13-inning battle in Nashville on Saturday.
Ohio State started off the scoring in the first thanks to a rough start for McNeese pitcher Rhett Deaton and his defense. He’d struggle controlling his breaking ball and thanks to three walks and two errors, Dillon Dingler would bring home a run on a sac fly to take the game’s first run.
Cowboys would answer in the bottom of the inning. Nate Fisbeck would get on base after being hit with a pitch. Poor defense plagued the Buckeyes as an error along with a pair of passed balls would allow Fisbeck to get home. Shane Selman would follow with a sac fly to give McNeese a 2-1 lead.
McNeese would post another two-run inning in the third. Ohio State starter Seth Lonsway would open the inning by loading the bases with three walks. With one out, Jake Dickerson would hit a soft liner to shortstop, but Dezenzo would bobble the ball and only get a single out. Cowboys would score Harden to take a 3-1 lead. Carson Maxwell would follow with a ground-rule double to right-center to score one. McNeese left the third inning up 4-1.
Ohio State would start to show power in the fourth. After a leadoff double, Zach Dezenzo would go yard to right to cut into McNeese’s lead. An inning later, Deaton would give up his second home run of the game. Brady Cherry’s solo homer to right center tied the game at four.
In what would start to become a theme, after OSU tied the game, McNeese had an answer in the bottom of the inning. With runners on the corner, Dickerson would ground one to second, but the Buckeyes would fail to turn the double play and Fisbeck would score to give McNeese back the lead, 5-4.
McNeese made the switch to Cayne Ueckert and after starting the fifth inning out strong, leadoff hitter Dominic Canzone would blast a fastball over Hawkins Field’s green monster in left and once again the game was tied.
St. Louis alum Julian Gonzales led the sixth inning off with a double. He’d then tag up on a Dustin Duhon fly out to right. An error on the throw from the right fielder would allow McNeese to regain the lead, 6-5. The Cowboys would then load the bases following a pair of walks and a Fisbeck bloop single. Senior Shane Selman would line one to center and two runs would score as McNeese would tie its biggest lead of the day, 8-5. Selman’s single tied the McNeese record for most total bases with 417.
The Buckeyes would have an answer to McNeese’s three-run inning with one of their own in the eighth. After a leadoff walk, Erwin would single to center to start off the scoring. McNeese coach Justin Hill would switch from Ueckert to Bryan King and after another walk, Matt Carpenter would single up the middle off the glove of Fisbeck at second base. Hughes scored and OSU was down only by a single run. Hill would pull King with a 2-0 count after failing to record an out. Brad Kincaid would enter the game and walk Dingler to load the bases. Kincaid would issue back-to-back walks and Cherry would pick up the RBI as OSU tied the game.
The Cowboys would dodge trouble as Conner Pohl would ground into a fielder’s choice as Cherry was called out thanks to runner interference. Kincaid would then strike out Todys to end the inning.
This game would wind up going to extra innings and in the top of the 13th Ridge Winand would single through the gap to bring in Connor Pohl for the go-ahead run to give the Buckeyes a 9-8 lead. Ohio State would keep the Cowboys off the board in the bottom of the inning with Andrew Magno picking up his 12th strikeout of the day to end the game.
The Cowboys finished the season with a 35-26 record.
Dingler flied out to cf, SF, RBI (0-1); Carpenter advanced to third; Canzone scored, unearned. Ohio State leads, 1-0.
Rasbeary, C. advanced to third; Fisbeck,N. scored on a wild pitch, unearned. Tied game, 1-1.
Selman, S. flied out to cf, SF, RBI (1-1); Rasbeary, C. scored, unearned. McNeese leads, 2-1.
Dickerson, J reached on a fielder’s choice, RBI (3-2); Selman, S. out at second ss to 2b; Rasbeary, C. advanced to third; Harden, P. scored. McNeese leads 3-1.
Maxwell, C. doubled to right center, RBI (1-1); Dickerson, J advanced to third; Rasbeary, C. scored. McNeese leads 4-1.
Dezenzo homered to right field, 2 RBI (2-1); Todys scored. McNeese leads, 4-3.
Cherry homered to center field, RBI (3-2). Tied game, 4-4.
Dickerson, J reached on a fielder’s choice, RBI (1-2); Selman, S. out at second 2b to ss; Fisbeck,N. scored. McNeese leads, 5-4.
Canzone homered to left field, RBI (0-0). Tied game, 5-5.
Gonzales, J. scored, unearned. McNeese leads, 6-5.
Selman, S. singled to center field, 2 RBI (0-1); Rasbeary, C. advanced to second; Fisbeck,N. scored; Harden, P. scored. McNeese leads, 8-5.
Erwin singled to center field, RBI (3-1); Dezenzo scored. McNeese leads, 8-6.
Carpenter singled up the middle, RBI (2-1); Canzone advanced to third; Hughes scored. McNeese leads, 8-7.
Cherry walked, RBI (3-1); Dingler advanced to second; Carpenter advanced to third; Canzone scored. Tied game, 8-8.
Winand singled up the middle, RBI (3-1); Pohl scored. Ohio State leads, 9-8.