Baseball | Ohio State 9, McNeese State 8: Rally keeps Buckeyes in NCAA tournament
Ridge Winand singled in the winning run in the 13th inning, and Ohio State stayed alive in the NCAA baseball tournament by eliminating McNeese State 9-8 on Saturday in the Nashville regional.
The Buckeyes (36-26) will play either Vanderbilt, the No. 2 overall seed, or Indiana State on Sunday night. The Commodores beat the Buckeyes 8-2 on Friday night.
Reliever Andrew Magno (5-3) struck out six of the final seven batters and finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings for OSU.
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McNeese State, the Southland Conference tournament champs, jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and was up 8-5 through seven. Shane Selman had three RBI and Jake Dickerson two for the Cowboys.
Ohio State tied it by scoring three times in the eighth. Nick Erwin and Matt Carpenter each had RBI singles. With the bases loaded, Brady Cherry drew a walk, the score at 8. He was called out for runner interference with the first baseman on Connor Pohl's infield grounder, leaving the bases loaded, and Brent Todys struck out to end the inning.
The Cowboys couldn't score with the bases loaded in the 10th, and McNeese State left fielder Payton Harden kept it tied with a great catch on a deep fly ball by Marcus Ernst in the 11th. Pohl walked to open the 13th, and Winand's single up the middle drove him home.