April 6, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A two-run double in the fifth inning by catcher Joe Wilkins (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) capped a five-run fifth inning by Ohio State to pave the way to a 7-6 victory over Penn State in the first of two games Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State scored five times in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead. Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) and Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) started the inning with base hits. Swisher scored Garrard on his single to left. Doug Dendinger drew a walk to load the bases for Wilkins’ heroics.
Wilkins went 2-for-4, scoring twice with a pair of runs batted in. Both hits were doubles. Leftfielder Mike Rabin (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) also finished with a pair of hits.
Penn State picked up a pair of hits, a double by Wes Reohr and a single by Brian Bishop, to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Reohr was moved to third on a ground out by Clint Eury and scored on a balk by OSU starter Josh Newman (So., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg). Chris Wright, who walked to get on base moved to second on the balk and was then scored on the single by Bishop.
Wilkins got things going in the bottom of the second with a one-out double to right-centerfield. Drew Anderson (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) reached on a fielding error by Nittany Lion second baseman Mike DeRenzo that also moved Wilkins to third. Penn State starter Clayton Hamilton walked designated hitter Lance Rolston (Jr., Athens, Ohio/Alexander) to load the bases and then a base hit by Rabin scored Wilkins. A ground out by Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) scored Anderson to tie the game 2-2. DeRenzo extended his hit streak to 20 games with a single to deep short to lead off the inning and then eventually scored on a grounder to short by Eury to break the tie.
The Nittany Lions opened up the game in the fourth inning scoring three times to take a 6-2 lead. Newman started the inning with retiring the first two batters, but then walked two of the next three batters, hitting the other with a pitch. He walked DeRenzo to plate Richmond and then a single down the leftfield line by Reohr scored both Showalter and Milliron.
Newman got the win for the Buckeyes improving to 5-2 on the year. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing all six runs on six hits. Only three of the six runs were earned. Hamilton got the loss for Penn State to fall to 1-3 this season. Brandon Steen (Hendersonville, Tenn.) picked up his second save for the season after pitching 1 2/3 innings allowing just one hit while striking out three.
The two teams play another game Saturday night before concluding the four-game series