Buckeyes fall on too many fronts to Texas Way – Press Pros Magazine

Greg Hoard

Indiana-born, Georgia-educated Greg Hoard came to Cincinnati in the winter of 1979 as a columnist for the Cincinnati Post’s athletic department, and joined the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1984 as a batsman for the Cincinnati Reds. . He has received numerous awards for his work. In 1990, he left journalism for television. Hoard worked for WLWT-TV from 1990 to 1993 as sports director and spent 12 years as sports director at WXIX-TV. His writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Baseball America, Baseball Digest, and NFL Game Day. He has appeared on ESPN and NBC’s The Today Show. Greg is the author of three books: Joe, Rounding Home and Heading for Home; Gary Burbank, Voice in My Head; and, more recently, Hannan’s Way, An Improbable Trek Through Life. He is currently working on a baseball memoir, parts of which he will share here.


The Buckeyes failed to hit and a revealing fifth inning sent them to their second loss of the season, 9-1 to Texas State.

San Marcos, TX – Ohio State has started the second road trip of the season come up empty on too many fronts. The Buckeyes didn’t hit, throw well enough, long enough, or play particularly well.

That added a 9-1 loss to Texas State in San Marcos in the first of a three-weekend series, dropping the Bucks to 3-2 on the season. Texas State is 5-1.

OSU had just four hits – just one in the first eight innings – committed three errors, two in the Bobcats’ fifth run, while starting pitcher Isaiah Coupet lasted just 4.2 innings . He was charged with five runs, four of which were earned, while allowing four hits and five walks. The loss tied their record at 1-1.

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When things were going well, Coupet struck out eight and easily took care of Texas Sate for four innings. His troubles started in the fifth, but by then OSU faced another problem. They weren’t putting the bat on the ball.

Texas State starter Zeke Wood was an absolute horse. He walked Marcus Ernst to start the game, allowed a right-sided single from Hank Thomas in the second and from then until the seventh was off – striking out 18 consecutive batters. In total, he withdrew 10.

“Give credit to Zeke Wood,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “He had a good heavy fastball with a lot of end-of-life on it. He launched strikes and challenged our bats. He gave us a hard time, no doubt. Last week we hit the fastball well, but today we weren’t on top. We missed. There’s something legit about this fastball.

OSU didn’t score until the ninth after Texas State took a 9-0 lead and went to their second reliever of the game, Reece Gould.

“Tomorrow we have a good opportunity to see what we have from a character perspective.” -Greg Beals

Caden Kaiser kicked off with a pinch shot, double round ruler to the left. Archer Brookman followed with a single, sending Kaiser to third and Tyler Pettorini followed with a sacrificial fly down the center scoring OSU’s only run. Blayne Robinson added a pinch single to the right side of the infield, but the rally went no further as the inning ended in back-to-back strikeouts.

The breaking point in the game, of course, came back in the fifth inning.

Until then, Coupet had allowed one hit – a two-out single to the right of Peyton Lewis. He struck out the first two batters in the fifth. It brought John Wuthrich to the plate, but with an 0-2 count, Coupet threw four straight balls to make it work. The next batter, Wesley Faison, drew a walk on just four pitches.

“I should have gone out and looked for him (Coupet) sooner,” Beals said in retrospect.

That’s when the OSU fielding came in. Dalton Shuffield hit a ground ball and scored a field single. The first run was scored on a pitching error by shortstop Zach Dezenzo, an unearned run.

Next came a Jose Gonzalez single, scoring a deuce and a Justin Thompson double scoring the fourth run of the inning.

“I left Coupet there too long,” Beals said. “I probably should have left him sooner. It may have saved us a race or two.

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At that point, Beals lifted Coupet in favor of Ethan Hammerberg, who gave up the fourth hit of the inning and the fifth run.

Beals disputed the official inning score, arguing that the five runs should not have been earned. “I definitely felt Coupet was throwing better than his numbers or his line would indicate,” Beals said. “We will talk to the official goalscorer about it.” But the damage was done.

Will Pfennig followed, working sixth and seventh. He allowed a run in the seventh and struggled on the Bobcats’ eighth three-run before making way for Trent Jones. All three points went to Pfennig, although two crossed against Jones.

“We played well last weekend (winning 3 out of 4 in the Snow Bird Classic),” Beals said. “Today it stank… Of course it was cold (38 degrees on the first pitch) and the wind was blowing (gusting to 13 miles per hour).

“Tomorrow we will see how we bounce back,” he continued. “I have always liked the character of our club. Now we have a good opportunity to go see what we have from the character’s point of view.

“But no mistake. Texas State is a good ball club. They will win a lot of games. We have two games left with them and they will be difficult.”

The series continues tomorrow in San Marcos. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Nate Haberthier of the Bucks (0-0, 3.86) is making his second start of the season.

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