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OHIO STATE
(27-19; 15-9 Big Ten)
vs.
AKRON
(24-19, 9-8, Mid-American)

6:35 p.m., May 12, 2004
Bill Davis Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

SERIES HISTORY:
Ohio State leads 23-17

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State welcomes the Akron Zips to Bill Davis Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday in the next-to-last Wednesday night game of the season. The Buckeyes are 5-1 in home midweek games after beating Detroit 9-4 last week. The game will be the final Buck-A-Burger Night of the season.

Ohio State improved to 27-19 with a weekend split against Penn State. The two teams have identical 15-9 conference records and are tied for second in the Big Ten standings, one game behind league-leading Minnesota. There are two more weeks of conference play remaining, giving the team eight league games to decide the regular season race. Ohio State plays host to Northwestern this weekend before concluding the season at Minnesota. The Gophers are at Illinois this weekend while Penn State plays host to Michigan State before finishing up at Michigan.

The Northwestern series this weekend will be the final Big Ten home series of the season. On Sunday, Ohio State will pay tribute to its three seniors: Brett Garrard, Derek Kinnear and Josh Newman. The Buckeyes close the regular season at Minnesota, May 21-23 after playing host to Cleveland State in the final home game of the season next Wednesday.

ABOUT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes remain within reach of its first Big Ten regular season title since 2001 after the split with Penn State last weekend. Ohio State is one game behind Minnesota with eight games to play and is tied with Penn State, while Michigan State (14-10), Michigan (13-11) and Purdue (13-11) round out the Top 6 teams that would qualify for the Big Ten tournament.

Ohio State won the opening game against Penn State 3-1 as Josh Newman struck out eight and allowed only four hits in picking up his seventh win of the season and the 31st of his career. Penn State responded by winning both ends of the doubleheader by scores of 1-0 and 6-3. The first loss snapped a seven-game OSU win streak. The Buckeyes overcame a 3-0 deficit to hand the Nittany Lions a 9-4 loss in the finale and prevent falling two games back in the Big Ten race.

Freshman rightfielder Jacob Howell led the team in the Penn State series, going 7-for-13 (.538) with his fourth triple and second home run of the season. He drove in four runs and scored four times, partially thanks to three walks on the weekend. Junior first baseman Paul Farinacci was 6-for-13 (.462) with a pair of doubles. He drove in two and scored twice. Farinacci is riding an 11-game hit streak, while Howell has hits in each of his last 10 games.

Junior leftfielder Steve Caravati continues to pace the team on offense. He is batting .356 this season with nine home runs, 39 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .593. He is second on the team with 63 hits and 13 doubles. Junior second baseman Drew Anderson leads the team with 64 hits and 15 doubles. Senior shortstop Brett Garrard and Howell are tied for third on the team with a .317 batting average. Garrard has 12 doubles while Howell is third on the team with 57 hits, including four doubles, four triples and two home runs. Ohio State is fourth in the Big Ten in all games with a .305 batting average.

The Buckeyes moved atop the league by lowering its team earned run average to 4.31 after limiting Penn State to nine earned runs in the four games last weekend. Newman allowed on unearned run in the 3-1 win Saturday. The one run by the Nittany Lions in game two (PSU 1-0) was earned, while five of the six runs they scored in game three (6-3) was earned. Three of the four runs in the finale were earned.

Newman and Mike Madsen sit atop the Big Ten in wins. Newman is 7-4, while Madsen is 7-3. Newman leads the team with 82 strikeouts in 79.1 innings to go with his 3.86 ERA. Madsen has struck out 49 in 71.2 innings to go with his 4.40 ERA. Trent Luyster leads the team having pitched in 80.2 innings. He is second in strikeouts to go with his 4-4 record and 3.57, the lowest among starting pitchers. Scott Lewis made his third start of the season in the second game against Penn State, keeping the Nittany Lions off the board through his 5.0 innings. The 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, who is coming back off of Tommy John surgery last May, has 17 strikeouts vs. three walks and has yet to get a decision. He has a 4.05 ERA.

ABOUT THE ZIPS
Akron took a 24-19 overall record into its home game Tuesday against Pittsburgh after falling to 9-8 in the Mid-American Conference when it lost two of three games at home against Marshall last weekend. After rain postponed play Friday, the Thundering Herd swept both ends of the Saturday doubleheader winning 8-3 and 13-4 before the Zips rebounded for a 13-1 victory Sunday.

Andy Capraruolo leads Akron with his .299 batting average. He also paces the team with his 44 hits and 12 doubles. Doug Kruthaupt has batted in 27 runs to lead the team. He is batting .277 on the year, which his third on the team behind Capraruolo and Shaun Hinssen, who has a .281 batting average. The team is batting .252 and has 14 home runs.

Of pitchers who have thrown at least 30 innings, Tony Samad leads the squad with a 3-0 record and 3.48 ERA. He has 24 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Billy McKinney has 66 strikeouts to lead the squad and is 7-4 with a 4.70 in 74.2 innings. The team has a 5.26 ERA with 11 saves, including 10 by Darek Stanfield, who also is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 27.2 innings.

Akron is coached by Tim Berenyl, who is 80-116 in his fourth season with the Zips and as a college coach.

AGAINST AKRON
Ohio State leads the all-time series against Akron 23-17 though the Zips have won the last two meetings winning a neutral site-decision in 2000, 5-4, before claiming a 9-8 victory in Columbus in 2001. The win in 2000 snapped a six game losing streak to the Buckeyes, going back to 1986. OSU head coach Bob Todd is 13-2 all-time against Akron.

Last 10 Games (Ohio State leads 6-4)
May 1, 1985 at Akron 3, Ohio State 1
May 1, 1985 at Akron 5, Ohio State 4
April 17, 1986 at Ohio State 6, Akron 0
April 28, 1987 at Ohio State 13, Akron 4
April 28, 1987 at Ohio State 11, Akron 9
March 9, 1988 at Ohio State 21, Akron 5
March 9, 1988 at Ohio State 5, Akron 2
March 20, 1996 Ohio State 20, Akron 7*
March 4, 2000 Akron 5, Ohio State 4*
April 25, 2001 Akron 9, at Ohio State 8
*Jacksonville, Fla.

AKRON WINS LAST MEETING 9-8
Akron scored six runs in the first two innings and the Buckeyes never recovered as the Zips handed Ohio State a 9-8 loss April 25, 2001 at Bill Davis Stadium. DougDeeds, now playing Single-A ball with the Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins affiliate) paced the OSU offense, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in. Current Buckeyes Steve Caravati and Brett Garrard played in the game. Caravati started as the designated hitter and was 1-for-1 and scored one run, while Garrard started at third and went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

AKRON/OHIO STATE TIES
Zips assistant coach TrentMcIlvain was a four-year letterwinner at Ohio State from 1998-2001 and was a member of two Big Ten championship teams (1999 and 2001). Both of those teams made regional appearances with the 1999 team coming within one victory of advancing to the College World Series. Former Buckeye TerryPettorini is working toward a graduate degree at Akron, where he is playing his final season of eligibility.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Ohio State improved to 5-1 in Wednesday night home games after a 9-4 victory against Detroit last Wednesday. After losing the first home midweek date to Eastern Michigan 2-1, the Buckeyes have rattled off five straight victories, downing Oakland 14-4, Dayton 4-1, Wright State 13-4 and Bowling Green 8-1 to go with the five-run win over the Titans this past Wednesday.

Led by Steve Caravati’s .500 (11-for-22) batting average, the team is batting .357 in the six games, which is up substantially from the .308 average in all 42 games this season. Among players who have started at least five of the six games, six Buckeyes are batting .300 or better. Joining Caravati on that list are Drew Anderson (.480), Mike Rabin (.391), Brett Garrard (.350), Paul Farinacci (.313) and Jacob Howell (.308). The team also has a 2.50 ERA. Four different pitchers have accounted for the wins. Jesse Paciorek was the pitcher of record against Oakland and Brett Hatcher picked up the win against Dayton, while Jeffrey Carroll, who has made three starts in Wednesday night home games, getting the wins against Wright State and Bowling Green. Dan DeLucia got the win against Detroit.

Ohio State has out-scored opponents 49-16 and has out hit them 76-40 in Bill Davis Stadium midweek affairs.

LAST WEDNESDAY
Ohio State stormed out to a 9-0 lead before giving up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to get by Detroit 9-4 Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes struck first, crossing two batters in the bottom of the third inning on a single by designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh. Jacob Howell delivered a one-out single through the right side before Detroit starter Tim Polley walked Steve Caravati to put runners at the corners for Caughenbaugh, who delivered his fifth double of the season and 12th and 13th RBI.

After adding a single run in the fourth, Ohio State plated three more runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Jedidiah Stephen led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to second on Polley’s first wild pitch of the season. Stephen got to third when a fly ball off the bat of Caughenbaugh went off the glove of Titan leftfielder Todd Kalmbach. The fast-moving Buckeye DH was able to reach second. Polley then walked Brett Garrard to end his day. The Titans went with reliever Bob Lothian, who gave up a sacrifice fly by Paul Farinacci that scored Stephen before getting a ground out for the second out of the inning. Kelly Houser followed with a single to score both Caughenbaugh and Garrard.

Three more Buckeyes scored in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 9-0 and put the pitching staff in a position for its second straight shutout. Jesse Paciorek, the fourth Ohio State pitcher in the game, gave up two straight singles, hit the third and then walked the next two batters for the first two runs of the inning. Trent Luyster came in to get the Buckeyes out of the game with any further damage. He struck out his first two batters before a double by Moehlig score two more runs. Luyster ended the game with a strikeout.

Dan DeLucia picked up his second win as a Buckeye after going four innings in the abbreviated start. He did not allow a run and gave up only two hits. Brett Hatcher pitched three innings and Trey Fausnaugh added an inning before the Titans got to the Buckeye bullpen. The Buckeye starting nine each had hits and was aided with a pinch hit by Zoeller to account for the 10-hit attack. Caughenbaugh and Houser each delivered two RBI.

NEWMAN EARNS SECOND PITCHER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADE
Ohio State senior left-handed pitcher Josh Newman has been named the Big Ten Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a 3-1 victory against Penn State in the series opener Saturday, the league office announced May 11. Newman picked up career win No. 31 holding the Nittany Lions to one unearned run on four hits while striking out eight to give him 82 strikeouts in 79.1 innings this season. The win improved him to 7-4 on the year and kept pace with teammate Mike Madsen for the lead in the conference. The co-captain from Wheelersburg, Ohio (Wheelersburg) lowered his ERA to 3.86 after winning his last two starts. Newman collects pitcher of the week accolades for the second time this season, as he also split the honor March 16.

OSU OPENS WITH 3-1 WIN VS. PSU
Jacob Howell was 3-for-4 with a single, triple and home run to lead Ohio State to a 3-1 victory over Penn State in the first of four games last weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The victory was the 800th for head coach Bob Todd, who is in his 21st season as a college head coach.

Howell got a hold of a first-pitch fastball with one out in the bottom of the first inning and sent it out of the park about 10 feet to the left of the right-field foul pole to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. Penn State tied the game in the top of the third.

Howell led off the bottom of the fourth with his team-leading fourth triple of the season and scored on a ground out by Steve Caravati. Brett Garrard drove in Jedidiah Stephen with a single to left field to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. Farrell got a ground out to get out of the fourth inning and retired a string of 11 straight batters. OSU starter Josh Newman was even more impressive retiring the last 10 batters he faced.

With one out in the eighth inning, Anderson lined a shot to centerfield to break the streak by Farrell and then Howell singled through the left side. Caravati skied a shot just off the infield dirt that was lost in the sun by Leitgeb, the Penn State second baseman. Leitgeb fired on to second to catch Howell and with the infield-fly rule in effect, Caravati was out on the play.

Newman left the game with eight strikeouts after eight innings of work, allowing only four hits. Trey Fausnaugh picked up his fifth save of the season. Newman now has 82 strikeouts in 79.1 innings this season and 273 strikeouts in 345 career innings, which is the third highest most innings pitched in school history.

LIONS DEAL BUCKEYES SHUTOUT
With Ohio State starter Scott Lewis out of the game, Penn State got the only run it needed to end the Buckeyes’ seven-game win streak in the top of the sixth handing Ohio State a 1-0 loss in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.

Jesse Paciorek started the sixth in relief of Lewis and got a ground out before a single through the left side by Milliron and a wild pitch put a runner in scoring position. Paciorek walked Clint Eury to end his day as Trey Fausnaugh came to the hill. He gave up a single up the middle to pinch hitter Lance Thompson and Milliron was able to slide past a throw from Mike Rabin in center field to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead.

Lewis made his 2004 home debut in only his third appearance and start of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. Facing a 75-pitch count, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year struck out five batters through five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and did not walk a batter. Lewis has yet to get a decision and has 17 strikeouts vs. three walks in 13.1 innings.

PENN STATE COMPLETES DH SWEEP
Penn State sprinted out to a 6-0 lead through four innings and held on to deal Ohio State a 6-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium. Penn State scored two in the first and third and single runs in the second and fourth innings.

Ohio State got a lead-off triple off the bat of Steve Caravati to start the fourth inning, but he was stranded there after a strikeout, ground out and fly out. The Buckeyes did take benefit from a lead-off double by Paul Farinacci turning it into their first run of the game to prevent getting swept in back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time under head coach Bob Todd. Farinacci went to third on a single by Houser and the scored on a sacrifice fly by Drew Anderson to pull within a 6-1 score. Ohio State scored twice more in the sixth to pull within three runs.

Luyster got his first loss since March 31 to snap a string of four victories and drop to 4-4 on the season. He gave up all six runs, though only five were earned on 11 hits. The doubleheader loss marked the first time since 2002 at Michigan that Ohio State lost both ends of a doubleheader

BUCKEYES WALLOP PSU FOR SPLIT
Ohio State overcame a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the third inning and later scored five runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to defeat Penn State 9-4 in the series finale Monday night at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes, who won the series opener on Saturday, salvaged a split in the four-game series after losing to the Nittany Lions twice Sunday.

Penn State scored three times in the first three innings and starting pitcher Clayton Hamilton kept Buckeye bats silent as he retired the first eight batters of the game. But Ohio State rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the third inning to claim a 4-3 lead.

With two outs, Derek Kinnear got things started with a single to right field. Drew Anderson followed with a single to center before Jacob Howell delivered the first run of the game with an infield single that dribbled past Hamilton and stopped just shy of Leitgeb, the Nittany Lion second baseman. Hamilton walked Steve Caravati to load the bases and then designated hitter Adam Schneider cleared the base paths with a double to the right-field corner to put the Buckeyes lifted the Buckeyes to a one-run advantage.

The Buckeyes picked up two more runs in the sixth inning to build a three-run lead. Farinacci extended the lead to 7-3 when his sacrifice fly scored Kris Moorman, who had come in to pinch run for Schneider, who led off the inning with a single. Penn State got one run back in the top of the eighth inning on Harter’s ninth home run of the year.

The Buckeyes plated two more runs in the eighth inning to the five-run winning margin. Schneider was the leader for the Ohio State offense, going 2-for-4 with the bases clearing double in the third that gave the Buckeyes the lead for good.

Madsen kept pace with Josh Newman for the team lead with his seventh win of the season. He pitched eight innings, allowing all four runs on seven hits and tied his career high with seven strikeouts.

TODD CLAIMS VICTORY NO. 800
Ohio State head coach Bob Todd won the 800th victory of his career Friday with the 3-1 triumph over Penn State. Todd was 800-420-2 (.655) going into Monday night’s series final against the Nittany Lions and is in his 21st season as a college head coach. He was 124-82 (.602) in four seasons at Kent State and is 676-338-2 (.666) at Ohio State.

Todd won the 700th game of his career March 17, 2002 against Detroit. Todd, who is the winningest coach in school history, entered the season with the 27th most wins among active coaches in the NCAA. Earlier this season, Todd became only the second coach in the history of the Big Ten to win 300 league games.

MILESTONE CAREER WINS
1 – March 23, 1984 vs. Mercer (18-4)
100 – March 25, 1987 vs. UNC-Wilm. (12-10)
200 – April 1, 1990 vs. Wisconsin (7-4)
300 – April 22, 1992 vs. Ohio (16-2)
400 – May 14, 1994 vs. Purdue (8-7)
500 – March 30, 1997 at Michigan St. (4-0)
600 – May 5, 1999 vs. Oakland (11-9)
700 – March 17, 2002 vs. Detroit (7-2)
800 – May 8, 2004 vs. Penn State (3-1)

MILESTONE OHIO STATE WINS
1 – Feb. 27, 1988 vs. Louisville (16-2)
100 – Feb. 22, 1991 vs. Dartmouth (14-7)
200 – March 28, 1993 vs. Cleveland St. (9-5)
300 – April 13, 1995 at Wright State (16-6)
400 – May 16, 1997 at Michigan (9-2)
*479 – May 7, 1999 vs. Michigan St. (34-4)
500 – March 22, 2000 vs. Florida Int’l (2-0)
600 – May 19, 2002 vs. Minnesota (9-2)
*became the winningest coach in Ohio State history.

MILESTONE BIG TEN WINS
1 – April 3, 1988 vs. Illinois (14-6)
100 – May 1, 1993 vs. Michigan (3-2)
200 – May 10, 1998 vs. Michigan State (5-4)
300 – April 2, 2004 vs. Illinois (5-1)

Only victories recognized by the NCAA calculated in determining milestone wins. Ohio State defeated Windsor 12-5 on April 9, 1991. The NCAA does not count victories against teams outside the United States and treats that game as an exhibition, thus not counting towards Bob Todd’s overall career record.

FARINACCI RIDES HIT STREAK
First baseman Paul Farinacci is enjoying a season-long 11-game hit streak. The junior from Westlake Village, Calif., is batting .462 (18-for-39) during the streak, which features two three-hit games and three two-hit games. He had three hits in the series opener at Indiana and duplicated it with a 3-for-3 effort in game three against Penn State. He had two doubles and a single in that game and drove in one run. He has driven in 10 runs during the streak, which is the longest active streak on the Buckeye roster and one off his career high of 12 straight.

HOWELL’S AVERAGE CLIMBING
Rightfielder Jacob Howell is on the heels of the hit streak of Paul Farinacci with a career-long 10-game streak of his own. Howell is batting .385 (15-for-39) during the last 10 games with one triple and two home runs. The freshman from Ashland, Ohio, was 3-for-4 in the opening game of the Penn State series and was 2-for-4 in game three. He has four multiple-hit games in his last 10.

Howell batted .471 in the five games last week, including a .538 batting average in the four-game series split with Penn State. He was 7-for-13 against the Nittany Lions with his fourth triple of the season and his second home run (his first at Bill Davis Stadium). The triple and home run came in the first game of the series and then after a single in his first at bat in game two, Penn State pitching walked him twice. He went 2-for-4 in game three and then added an RBI and scored twice in a 1-for-4 effort in game four. For the week, Howell had a .765 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .571. He upped his average to .317 after hitting only .298 before the hit streak.

BUCKEYES SWEEP AT INDIANA
Steve Caravati was 9-for-16 (.563), batted in seven runs and scored six to help lead Ohio State to a four-game sweep at Indiana April 30-May 2.

In the first game of the series, Caravati belted a three-run home run to break a 6-6 tie in the sixth inning and then the Buckeyes scored twice more in the ninth inning to get past Indiana 11-6. The Ohio State leftfielder cleared the fence in right-center field above the 370 sign and extended his team lead in home runs to nine, but more importantly gave the Buckeyes the lead for good. Derek Kinnear and Drew Anderson also scored on the play. Kinnear led off the inning with a single to left-center field and Anderson followed with a single through the left side before getting bunted up with a sacrifice by Jacob Howell, his fifth of the season. The Buckeyes plated two huge insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. Farinacci finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Caravati was 2-for-3 with three RBI to pace the Buckeyes, which out-hit the Hoosiers 15-10 in the game to overcome three errors.

Ohio State overcame a second-inning home run by Indiana rightfielder Joe Kemp to score six runs in the top of the third inning, including back-to-back home runs by Kinnear and Anderson, and then added three more in the fifth inning to defeat Indiana 9-3 in the second game of the series. Kemp gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a shot over the fence in left-center field. But, Kinnear led off the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season. The shot to straight away center field tied the game 1-1 before Anderson followed with his fourth home run of the year to give the Buckeyes the a one-run lead. The Buckeyes scored a total of six runs in the inning, including a two-run shot by Ronnie Bourquin, the third long ball of the inning. The five-run lead only seemed to strengthen OSU starter Trent Luyster, who pitched his third complete game of the season to get the win and improve to 4-3. He allowed three runs on five hits. He had limited the Hoosiers to three hits through the first six innings.

Caravati went 2-for-4 and batted in two runs and Mike Madsen pitched his second complete game of the season as the Buckeyes beat Indiana 8-3 in the third game. The Buckeyes wasted little time jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Indiana scored one run in the third, but four Buckeye runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning to build a 7-1 lead. Paul Farinacci batted in his fifth run of the weekend and the eighth run of the game, scoring Stephen in the top of the seventh inning. Indiana countered with two runs off a two-run home run by Donley to right-center field in the bottom of the inning. Madsen went the distance, allowing the three Hoosier runs on five hits in the seven-inning start. It was his second complete game of the season, also going the distance in a 19-2 Buckeye victory at Michigan State.

Jeffrey Carroll and Trey Fausnaugh combined for an eight-hit shut out and the Buckeyes belted out 13 hits to beat Indiana 8-0 in the series finale. The Buckeyes plated one run in three of the first four innings, before scoring three times in the fifth to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Caravati was 3-for-4 to lead Ohio State, while Bourquin was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Carroll picked up his first win in the Big Ten and improved to 3-2 on the season. He pitched 6.0 innings without a run on five hits. Fausnaugh picked up his fourth save of the season.

CARAVATI NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN
Ohio State junior leftfielder Steve Caravati has been named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a four-game road sweep at Indiana to move into a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings, the league office announced Monday. Caravati batted .563 (9-for-16) with seven runs batted in and six runs scored against the Hoosiers. For the week, the junior outfielder batted .579 (11-for-19), while racking up 11 RBI, seven runs, two home runs, an on-base percentage of .636 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Caravati, who boasted at least two hits in all five games, opened with four RBI and a long ball in a midweek win over Bowling Green. He added another homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the opener against the Hoosiers.

BUCKEYE BULLETS

Steve Caravati leads the Buckeyes in batting average in allgames (.356) and in the Big Ten (.364). Ohio State is batting .305in all games and .318 in conference games. Brett Garrard leads theteam in non-conference games with a .387 average. He has 24 hits,including eight doubles in non-league games. Drew Anderson is rightbehind with a .378 batting average and the team is batting .292 innon-league games. The team has batted .357 in the six Wednesdaynight home games and is led by Steve Caravati’s .500 battingaverage. Paul Farinacci is the top Buckeye in the team’s last 10games. He has a .486 batting average and has knocked in 10 runs.Steve Caravati is batting .405 with 14 RBI. Drew Anderson is theteam leader with 24 multiple-hit games, including 19 games with twohits, four games with three hits and one game with four hits. SteveCaravati leads the team with 12 multiple-RBI games. He has had ninegames with two RBI, two three-RBI games and one four-RBI game. Theteam is batting .322 against left-handed pitchers compared to a.300 average against right-handed pitchers. Buckeye pinch hittershave a .318 average and are led by Cody Caughenbaugh, who isbatting .357 in a pinch-hit role. Ohio State has a .314 averagewith runners in scoring position. With runners on third, with atleast two out, Ohio State is batting .545. The team has 109 two-outRBI, compared to only 68 by opponents. Steve Caravati’s nine homeruns is a season high and his 21 in his career are tied for 21stmost in school annals. Brett Garrard needs seven RBI to reach 100for his career. The 143 runs he has scored in his career are 17thall-time at Ohio State. Drew Anderson’s 203 career hits rank 16thin school history, while his 42 doubles is tied for 12th most by aBuckeye. Three Ohio State players rank among the Top 24 in all-timeat bats: Drew Anderson is 10th with 655; Brett Garrard is 16th with639 and Mike Rabin is 24th with 572.

NEWMAN CLIMBING STRIKEOUT LIST
Josh Newman struck out eight batters in the opening game against Penn State to increase his career strikeout total to 273, which is good enough for fourth place on the school’s all-time strikeout list. He trails the 281 strikeouts by Bill Cunningham (1982-85) by eight. Newman recorded a career high 14 strikeouts against Illinois, April 2, bettering his all-time best off 11 against Michigan in 2001. Newman had a stretch three games in which he struck out a total of 33 batters earlier this season.

Scott Lewis, who returned to action April 11 following a 10-month, 25-day layoff after he tore his ulnar collateral ligament at Minnesota the final weekend of the 2003 regular season, returned to strikeout six batters in a five-inning start at Purdue and another six at Michigan State. After a two-week layoff, Lewis returned for a 5.0 inning start in game two against Penn State. He struck out five batters without a walk and kept the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard on three hits. Lewis had Tommy John surgery on May 29, 2003. Lewis is 11th on the school’s all-time strikeout list with 235.

OHIO STATE CAREER STRIKEOUTS 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 382 2. Steve Arlin 1965-66 294 3. Bill Cunningham 1982-85 281 4. Josh Newman 2001-present 265 5. Tim Smith 1989-91 254 6. Mark Dempsey 1977-80 250 7. Paul Semall 1974-77 247 8. Matt Beaumont 1992-94 245 9. Tom Schwarber 1987-91 244 10. Scott Klingenbeck 1990-92 238 11. Scott Lewis 2002-present 235

NEWMAN TIED FOR THIRD IN WINS
Josh Newman picked up his 31st career victory last Saturday afternoon in a 3-1 victory against Penn State. The figure is the third most in the history of the program. The senior from Wheelersburg, Ohio, who was drafted in the 31st round of the 2003 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, needs three more wins to tie E.J. Laratta (1999-2002) for second. Newman, who is 7-4 this season, won eight games each of his first three seasons. The school record for career victories is 36 by Justin Fry (1995-99).

Newman’s 345.0 career innings ranks third all-time. He now needs 35.0 innings to move past E.J. Laratta (1999-2002), who is second with 379.2 career innings. Fry also is the school record holder with 419.2 career innings.

OHIO STATE ALL-TIME VICTORIES 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 36 2. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 34 3. Josh Newman 2001-present 31 4. Pete Perini 1947-50 30

OHIO STATE CAREER INNINGS PITCHED 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 419.2 2. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 379.2 3. Josh Newman 2001-present 345.0 4. Pete Perini 1947-59 344.0 5. Chris Granata 1991-94 295.1

ANDERSON THIRD IN STEALS
Drew Anderson increased his career stolen base tally to 53 with a pair of steals at Indiana. The two steals in Bloomington pulled him within 10 of Mike Check (1998-2001), who is in second place with 63. Anderson is a perfect 16-for-16 this season. He was 20-for-25 as a freshman and was 17-for-19 last season. The school record is 73 set by Roy Marsh (1992-94).

STOLEN BASES 1. Roy Marsh 1992-94 73 2. Mike Check 1998-01 63 3. Drew Anderson 2002-present 53 4. Bo Rein 1965-67 49 5. Wade Manning 1976-78 44

ANDERSON A TRIPLE THREAT
Ohio State second baseman Drew Anderson tripled three times in a span of five games (games 14-18) to move into a second-place tie on the school’s all-time triples list. The figure is within one of the record set by Jason Driscoll (1997-2000). Steve Caravati hit his ninth career triple in the finale against Penn State to tie for sixth place all-time.

TRIPLES 1. Jason Driscoll 1997-00 12 2. Drew Anderson 2002-present 11 Scott Meadows 1985-88 11 Tim Kauffman 1975-78 11 5. Mark Carek 1995-98 10 Christian Snavely 2001-03 10

BUCKEYES WIN ON FIRST BUCK-A-BURGER NIGHT
Ohio State leftfielder Steve Caravati batted in four runs leading the Buckeyes to an 8-1 victory over Bowling Green Wednesday night in front of 3,956 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.

Caravati opened the scoring in the bottom half of the third inning with a two-out single to score Drew Anderson, who singled to right field then advanced to second after Jacob Howell walked. Caravati drove Anderson home as he smacked Bowling Green pitcher Tyler Smith’s 3-2 pitch through the left side.

Caravati collected his 27th and 28th RBI of the season two innings later as he belted his team-leading eighth home run to left-center field with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Buckeyes scored another run in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to four runs. Anderson led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single through the right side and then stole bases 13 and 14 of the season to get to third before a sacrifice fly by Caravati gave the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. It was his fourth RBI of the game. Ohio State began the eighth inning with three straight hits to add three more runs.

The Falcons spoiled the Buckeye bid at their first shutout of the season, scoring one run without the benefit of a hit. After a fly out to start the inning, reliever Brett Hatcher walked the next three batters and then plunked Jimmy Lipari to make the score 8-1. Hatcher struck out the next batter and then got a fly out to end the game.

Caravati finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and added the sacrifice. Anderson was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, while Paul Farinacci was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Rabin batted in the other run in a 1-for-4 effort.

OSU starter Jeffrey Carroll, who left with a 3-0 lead after five innings of action, got the win to improve to 2-2 this season.

MICHIGAN WINS SERIES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
For the second straight season, Michigan handed Ohio State a home series loss. The Wolverines are the only team to take three of four games in the eight-year history of Bill Davis Stadium.

Michigan scored three runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth inning and held Ohio State to only three hits the rest of the way to knock off the Buckeyes 6-1 in the first game of the series. Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Ohio State got the run back in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on a pair of base hits by Steve Caravati and Jedidiah Stephen to start the inning. Jason Zoeller delivered the two-out RBI scoring Caravati to tie the game 1-1. The Wolverines scored three runs in the fifth inning to break the tie and take a 4-1 lead. Michigan turned another leadoff walk in the seventh and added a run in the top of the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly. Zoeller led Ohio State at the plate going 3-for-4 with the team while five others provided one hit apiece.

Stephen singled down the right-field line with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning to deliver the winning run as Ohio State defeated Michigan 2-1 in game two. Derek Kinnear reached on a fielding error on Michigan third baseman A.J. Scheidt. Wolverine starting pitcher Derek Feldkamp walked Drew Anderson. A base hit through the right side by Jacob Howell moved Anderson to third before Feldkamp and the Wolverines intentionally walked Caravati to load the bases. Stephen got his only hit of the game to deliver Anderson as the winning run. Anderson finished 3-for-3, while Howell finished 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. He was also hit by a pitch. Trent Luyster improved to 3-3 after pitching a three-hit complete game, allowing the only Michigan run in the fourth inning, to go with five strikeouts and a three walks.

With a one-run lead going into the sixth inning of game three, Michigan scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to save a doubleheader split with an 8-4 victory. The Wolverines moved ahead 6-3 with a pair of runs on five base hits in the sixth inning. Garrard singled in the fourth Buckeye run in the sixth inning. Four different Wolverines finished the game with two hits, including Mahler, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Getz, Roberts and Roblin each added two hits as Michigan out-slugged the Buckeyes 11-5. Five different Ohio State players had singles, including a two-RBI home run by Caravati.

In the series finale, Michigan broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning by scoring nine runs en route to a 13-2 victory against Ohio State that clinched the second straight 3-1 series win against the Buckeyes on their home field. OSU starter Dan DeLucia walked the first two batters of the fourth inning and hit the third to load the bases. DeLucia had started strong retiring nine of his first 10 batters. He allowed the first six runs on three hits, three walks and one hit batsman. He had only one strikeout in falling to 1-2 on the year. The Buckeyes scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kunkel finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored to lead Michigan. Four other Wolverines added two hits each as they out-hit Ohio State 13-6. Hammond picked up the win, going 8.0 innings, allowing the two runs in the fourth inning with two walks. He did not have a strikeout in the game. Rabin was the only Buckeye to have multiple hits.

BUCKEYES WIN BIG OVER WRIGHT ST.
Drew Anderson was a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles while Steve Caravati was 3-for-5 to power Ohio State past Wright State 13-4 April 21. The Buckeyes, which won four consecutive games for the first time this season, jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first four innings and finished with 18 hits.

Anderson provided three doubles, a single and added a sacrifice fly in the second inning for his lone RBI. Caravati doubled in the second, singled in the third and provided a two-run home run in the fourth, but missed a triple for the cycle in his final two at bats. Caravati is the last Buckeye to hit for the cycle, doing so in 2001.

Wright State put up a three spot in the first inning thanks to a bases-clearing double to right-center field by Matt Barhorst. The Buckeyes countered with two runs in each of the next two innings to take a 4-3 lead before Adam Schneider launched a three-run home run in the third to give Ohio State a 7-3 lead in the third inning.

Caravati’s sixth home run of the year made the score 9-3 in the bottom of the fourth. The team’s 10th run was set up on a two-out double by Anderson in the sixth. Rabin knocked him in with a single through the left side. Wright State snapped a five-inning scoreless streak win a single run in the top of the seventh inning, but Ohio State scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning for the seven-run final margin of victory.

Rabin, Stephen and Howell each had two hits in the offensive attack.

Carroll picked up his first win as a Buckeye in the scheduled abbreviated start. He went 3.0 innings, allowing the three runs in the first inning on three hits. He struck out a career-high five batters against three walks. Three others also pitched, including Jesse Paciorek, who also struck out a career-high five batters.

BUCKEYES WIN FINAL THREE AT MICHIGAN STATE FOR SERIES WIN
Ohio State took the final three games of the Michigan State series to win the series 3-1 and move alone to the top of the Big Ten Conference standings through the first three weeks of conference play. The Spartans won 10-7 in the first game, but the Buckeyes came back to win 8-7, 19-2 and 6-1. Ohio State hit nine home runs in the series and out-scored Michigan State 46-29. The 46 runs were the most scored in a four-game series with a Big Ten opponent since 1999, when the Buckeyes out-scored Michigan State 66-14.

Michigan State broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a two-run lead before adding another in the eighth to defeat Ohio State 10-7 in a seesaw battle April 16 in the opening game of the series. For Michigan State in the bottom of the seventh, third baseman James Moreno doubled to left-center field with one out and then designated hitter Sean Walker doubled down the left-field line with two outs to score Moreno. Walker scored on a single through the right side by shortstop Troy Krider. The Spartans added an insurance run in the eighth, scoring Oliver Wolcott from second on a single up the middle by Travis Gulick. Jesse Paciorek was responsible for the eighth and ninth runs of the game by Michigan State and was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season. Josh Newman came out of the game in the sixth inning. He allowed seven runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Ohio State sprinted out to a 6-2 lead only to stave off a comeback bid by Michigan State and hand the Spartans their first home loss by a score of 8-7 April 17 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Spartans slowly whittled back at the Buckeye four-run lead, getting three to cross the plate in the next two innings to tie the game 6-6 heading to the top of the sixth. The Buckeyes broke the tie with two runs in the sixth, scoring both runs with two outs. Derek Kinnear delivered a one-out double, but then was caught stealing for the second out of the inning. Drew Anderson drew a walk and then stole second before getting hit in with a single to center field by Mike Rabin. Rabin scored from first on a fielding error by the Spartan centerfielder to take an 8-6 lead. The Spartans took benefit of a two-out walk by Wolcott. He moved to third on a double by Gulick and then scored on wild pitch by Buckeye reliever Brett Hatcher to pull within the final one-run tally. Trey Fausnaugh picked up the win in relief to improve to 2-1 on the season. Trent Luyster finished out the game to pick up his fourth save.

After squeaking by with a one-run victory in the first game of the doubleheader with Michigan State, Ohio State made no doubt about it in the second game pounding the Spartans 19-2. Ohio State put up two runs in the first and then single runs in the second, third and fourth inning before exploding for eight runs in the fifth to take a 13-2 lead. The Buckeyes scored two more in the sixth and added five in the final frame of the day. Starting pitcher Mike Madsen pitched his first complete game of the season allowing the two runs by Michigan State in the first three innings. The score after three innings was 4-2. Madsen improved to 5-2 with the victory allowing the two runs on seven hits. Madsen retired 10 of 11 batters to end the game. Brett Garrard was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game driving in four runs in eight-run fifth inning with a grand slam. He walked in the first, singled in the third, doubled in his first at bat in the fifth and capped the inning with the four-run blast before doubling in the eighth inning. He missed the cycle by a triple. His grand slam was the first by a Buckeye since March 15, 2003 when Terry Pettorini belted a fourth-inning grand slam in a 15-7 victory against Eastern Michigan. Anderson, Jacob Howell, Steve Caravati and Kinnear added three hits apiece.

Ohio State squandered a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but stormed back with five runs in the eighth to claim a 12-10 victory April 18 clinch the Big Ten series 3-1. Trailing 7-4 at the seventh-inning stretch, Michigan State homered three more times to take a 9-7 lead. Ohio State responded with five runs of its own in the top of the eighth thanks to four doubles and a pair of Spartan errors. Rabin doubled with one out before Kinnear doubled to put runners at second and third. After the second strikeout of the inning, Howell reached on a costly error on the Michigan State shortstop. Scoring on the play were Rabin and Kinnear after the ball rolled into center field. Howell stole second and on a fielding error that went into center field, Howell was able to get to third. Caravati doubled to score Howell and give the Buckeyes a 10-9 lead. Jedidiah Stephen drew a walk before Ronnie Bourquin doubled in Caravati and Stephen for two more runs and a 12-9 lead. Michigan State scored once more in the bottom of the ninth for the two run loss. Luyster picked up the victory to improve to 2-3 on the season despite allowing six runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. Brett Hatcher picked up his first save this season. Caravati and Bourquin each finished 3-for-5 in the game and each batted in three runs.

CARAVATI NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Leftfielder Steve Caravati was named the Big Ten Player of the Week (April 19) after leading Ohio State to first place in the Big Ten by batting .474 (9-for-19) as the Buckeyes took three of four games against Michigan State April 16-18. The junior leftfielder from Dover, Ohio, drove in seven runs with two home runs, three doubles and sacrifice fly. He also scored five runs. He had an on-base percentage of .947 and was on base 45 percent of the time. In five games last week, Caravati batted .435 (10-for-23).

BUCKEYES AND PURDUE SPLIT
Ohio State left-handed pitcher Josh Newman took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out 10 batters in 8.2 innings to lead Ohio State to a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the Purdue series. Newman retired the first nine batters of the game, before back-to-back Buckeye errors put runners on base in the fourth inning as Purdue was able to get a sac fly to take a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Drew Anderson hit his second home run of the season in the top of the fifth to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. Newman took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth when second baseman Eric Osborn tripled to right-center field with one out. Newman responded with a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning without any damage. In the eighth inning, Jacob Howell doubled down the left-field line with one out and then scored on a single by leftfielder Steve Caravati to extend the Buckeye lead to 3-1. The Boilermakers answered the run in the bottom of the inning to close within the final score. Offensively for the Buckeyes, Rabin was the only player with two hits. He was 2-for-4 while Anderson batted in two runs in going 1-for-4. Caravati was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Ohio State scored two runs to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning, but gave up a bases-loaded walk to lose a 5-4 decision to Purdue in the first game of a doubleheader April 10. First baseman Paul Farinacci led off the seventh inning with his first home run of the season. The shot cleared the fence in left field and pulled the Buckeyes within one run, 4-3. Jedidiah Stephen singled to left field to score Rabin and tied the game 4-4 and forced Purdue to bat in the bottom of the inning, when Jeffrey Carroll hit third baseman Simon Klink to load the bases and then walked Eric Osborn, the winning run. Rabin was 2-for-3 and both Howell and Stephen were 2-for-4.

Shortstop Brett Garrard and designated hitter Adam Schneider each homered and combined for five RBI as the Buckeyes beat Purdue 9-5 in the second game of a doubleheader Garrard went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Schneider went 2-for-4 to score two. Stephen finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. The Buckeyes scored in every inning except the sixth. The Buckeyes took a 7-4 lead in the top of the fifth on a three-run home run to left-center field by Garrard. His first home run of the season also scored Stephen and Schneider. The Boilermakers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning before the Buckeyes added their final two runs on the second home run of the day by Adam Schneider. Dan DeLucia picked up his first win as a Buckeye, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing all five runs on seven hits. He had one walk and two strikeouts. Trent Luyster picked up his third save of the season and his second of the weekend.

Purdue scored one run in the bottom of the 16th inning on a fielding error to hand Ohio State a 5-4 loss in the Big Ten series finale April 11. The win gave the Buckeyes and Boilermakers a series split. Anderson committed the first error of the game on a ground ball by Purdue catcher Ben Fritz, which allowed Mike Coles to score the winning run. Scott Lewis, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, started the game in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery May 29, 2003. Lewis threw 66 pitches over five innings and had six strikeouts without allowing a walk. He gave up four hits and left the game with a 3-1 lead.

LEWIS MAKES RETURN
Ohio State left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis made his return April 11 in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten series finale at Purdue. Lewis struck out six in his five-inning start and left the 16-inning game with a 3-1 lead. It was his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery May 29, 2003 after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in a game-one start the final weekend of the regular season at Minnesota on May 16, 2003. He struck out six Michigan State batters in game two, but did not pitch against Michigan.

Lewis, a junior from Washington Court House, Ohio (Washington), was named the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference with a 1.61 ERA, 127 strikeouts and a .160 opponent batting average in 83.2 innings. He also was named Ohio State’s 10th-ever First Team All-American and the first since 1999. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association District V Player of the Year was 9-1 as a sophomore and was 17-3 in the first two years of his career. He ranks 15th on the school’s career strikeout list with 218 and has a 2.25 career ERA, which ranks third. Lewis was a 2004 preseason All-American as selected by the NCBWA.

BUCKS WIN OPENING BIG TEN SERIES VS. ILLINOIS 3-1
Ohio State won the first three games against Illinois, including the game Friday April 2, the 300th Big Ten victory for head coach Bob Todd, before falling 12-4 in the finale. The Buckeyes won 5-1 Friday, 14-3 in the first game of the doubleheader and 5-3 in the nightcap.

Josh Newman pitched his 15th-ever complete game and fanned a career high 14 batters to lead Ohio State to a 5-1 victory over Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams April 2. Newman struck out six Illini batters through three innings. The senior lefty gave up a lead-off double in the second and a one-out home run in the third as Illinois took a 1-0 lead. Newman responded to the home run by retiring the next 10 batters before the third hit of the game by the Illini. Newman gave up a total of seven hits in picking up the first complete game by a Buckeye pitcher this season. He allowed only the one run and fanned 14 without a walk. The Buckeyes answered the third-inning home run by scoring three runs on four hits on a pair of Illini errors in the bottom of the inning. With runners at the corners, Jedidiah Stephen doubled down the left-field line to score Drew Anderson from third. Howell, who was at first, was waved home, but was thrown out at the plate. However, the Illinois third baseman was called for obstruction as he nudged Howell rounding third. The interference allowed the run to score and then Paul Farinacci doubled in the third run of the inning. Anderson plated two more runs for Ohio State in the bottom of the sixth inning with his 11th career triple giving the Buckeyes a 5-1 lead. Four different players each had two hits. Anderson and Howell each finished 2-for-5, while Farinacci was 2-for-4 and Ronnie Bourquin was 2-for-3. Anderson delivered two RBI, while Stephen and Farinacci provided the other two. OSU Slugs Way Past Illinois 14-3

In the second game of the series, Ohio State stormed out to a 12-3 lead through three innings and cruised to a 14-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday. Illinois took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and then Ohio State answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to five hits, including singles by both Anderson and Jacob Howell to open the inning. That lead did not last long as the Illini scored twice in the top of the second to tie the game, but Ohio State erupted for six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 9-3 lead. The Buckeyes plated another three runs in the third inning to take a 12-3 lead on singles by Anderson, Howell and Bourquin. Howell finished 3-for-5 with one RBI and scored three times while Bourquin was 3-for-3 with RBI. Ohio State scored twice more in the fifth inning to go up 14-3. In addition to the three-hit efforts by Howell and Bourquin, Anderson, Caravati and Kinnear each added two hits. Mike Madsen pitched 6.0 innings giving up the three Illinois runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked five. Jesse Paciorek pitched the final inning for Ohio State. Walk-off Home Run Lifts Bucks

Bourquin took a 0-1 fastball and launched a rocket over the fence in right field for two runs lifting Ohio State to a 5-3 victory over Illinois in the nightcap of the doubleheader. It was his first home run as a Buckeye. Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the seventh, Illinois catcher Chris Robinson tied the game with a two-run home run he poked over the fence in right field. JR Kyes led off the inning with a single through the right side. After giving up the home run, Ohio State starter Trent Luyster got two groundouts and a strikeout to get out of the inning. Stephen reached on a one-out walk in the seventh before Farinacci skied a shot to a windy right field, but it was caught at the wall for the second out of the inning. Bourquin, who was 3-for-3 with three RBI in the first game of the doubleheader, provided the heroics giving the Buckeyes their second win this season in their last at bat. Bourquin finished the Saturday nightcap 2-for-4 and was 5-for-7 on the day with five RBI. Bourquin was the only Buckeye with multiple hits as the team out hit the Illini 6-5. Illinois had only two hits the first five innings. Luyster improved to 1-3 on the season, picking up his first complete game of the season, allowing the three runs on five hits. He recorded eight strikeouts against two walks.

Facing a potential sweep by Ohio State in the opening Big Ten series of the season, Illinois stormed out to a 12-0 lead, which is all it needed in a 12-4 victory over the Buckeyes Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium, denying the Buckeyes their first sweep of the Illini since 1999. Ohio State put the leadoff runner on base five times in the game and turned it into all four of Buckeye runs. Anderson, Caravati and Bourquin each finished with two hits. Illinois out-hit Ohio State 13-11, but committed three errors to the Buckeyes’ zero. Dan DeLucia got his first loss of the season.

Bob Todd BECOMES SECOND BIG TEN COACH TO REACH 300
With the Buckeyes 5-1 victory over Illinois April 2, 17th year coach Bob Todd won his 300th career Big Ten game, becoming the second coach to ever top the number. Current Minnesota coach John Anderson guided the Golden Gophers to 354 Big Ten victories entering his 23rd season in Minneapolis. He recorded his 300th conference victory during the 2001 season, his 20th season at Minnesota. Former Golden Gopher coach Dick Siebert had 295 conference wins.

BOURQUIN SHARES BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Ohio State designated hitter Ronnie Bourquin was named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week (April 5) for leading the Buckeyes to a 3-1 series win over Illinois the opening weekend of conference play. Bourquin, a freshman from Canton, Ohio (Canton South), hit .529 in the Buckeyes’ five games last week against Eastern Michigan and four games against Illinois. He hit .643 against Illinois and was 9-for-17 (including two doubles and a home run) with five RBI and scored four runs. Bourquin was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday against the Illini and in game two hit a walk-off, two-run home run, which clinched the 5-3 victory. He posted a 1.000 slugging percentage against Illinois while adding a .667 on-base percentage. He shared the honor with Michigan State’s Travis Gulick. Northwestern’s J.A. Happ won pitcher of the week honors.

STEPHEN, NEWMAN EARN BIG TEN PLAYER, PITCHER OF WEEK HONORS
Ohio State infielder Jedidiah Stephen and left-handed pitcher Josh Newman have been named the Big Ten Baseball Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week, respectively (March 16). Stephen led Ohio State to wins against McNeese State and Winthrop in the classic by batting .727 (8-for-11) with two home runs and five runs batted in to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors. He was perfect at the plate in his first two games, going 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the win over McNeese State before batting 3-for-3 with another long ball, a double and three RBI against South Alabama. Newman racked up a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks to pick up the win over McNeese State. The senior right-hander went 7.2 innings and allowed only four hits and one unearned run. Newman picked up the 26th victory of his career.

ON THE RADIO
NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) will again serve as the broadcast home for Ohio State baseball and will broadcast a total of 40 regular-season games, plus all postseason contests. Joining veteran broadcaster Frank Fraas will be newcomers Neil Sika and Paul Barnes.

www.wosu.org or www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com

ALL HOME GAMES TO FEATURE CSTV GAMETRACKER
The official athletics web site for Ohio State will offer Gametracker, live scoring Internet software, for all home games this season. Access live stats at:

www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com

UP NEXT…
The Buckeyes continue their 11-game homestand this weekend when they play host to Northwestern in the final home Big Ten games this season. Ohio State and Northwestern will open the series Friday at 6:35 p.m. before playing a doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday three seniors will be honored prior to the 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The final home game is next Wednesday against Cleveland State at 6:35 p.m.