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OHIO STATE
(31-20; 18-10 Big Ten)
vs.
CLEVELAND STATE
(14-28; 10-9 Horizon)

6:35 p.m., May 19, 2004
Bill Davis Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads 31-5

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OHIO STATE PROBABLE PITCHER 36 Dan DeLucia 2-2, 6.75 ERA, 18K, 36.0 IP

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State ushers out another season at Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday night when it plays host to Cleveland State at 6:35 p.m. The Buckeyes are 15-8 at home this season and are 6-1 in home Wednesday night games.

Ohio State improved to 31-20 overall by taking three of four games from Northwestern last weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The Wildcats won the first game 4-1 forcing the Buckeyes to win the final three games. The Buckeyes won 4-2 and 9-1 Saturday and claimed the series with an 8-4 triumph Sunday.

The wins improved Ohio State to 18-10 in the Big Ten and kept the Buckeyes one game behind first-place Minnesota, which won three of four games at Illinois last weekend. The Golden Gophers lead the standings with a 19-9 record, meaning Ohio State will have to win three of four games in Minneapolis this weekend to win its 15th overall regular season conference championship and the first since 2001. Michigan State is lurking behind with a 17-11 record and can share the title with a home sweep of Northwestern should Ohio State and Minnesota split this weekend. Michigan and Penn State are tied for fourth with 16-12 records, while Purdue is sixth at 15-13.

Ohio State and Minnesota will play a single game Friday at 7:35 p.m. (6:35 p.m., CDT), a doubleheader Saturday at 3:05 p.m. (2:05 p.m., CDT) and a single game Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m., CDT).

ABOUT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament with the 8-4 victory over Northwestern Sunday. They are one of four teams to have locked down a spot in the tournament, joining Minnesota, Michigan State and Penn State. Only Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State can play host to the 24th annual Big Ten Tournament, May 26-30.

Ohio State, which trails the Golden Gophers by one game in the conference standings, must win three of four games this weekend against Minnesota if it wants to win the championship and return to Bill Davis Stadium to host the tournament. Minnesota has won the last two regular season championships, though it has been the Buckeyes that have won the last two conference tournament championships.

The Buckeyes are 18-10 after taking three of four games at home against Northwestern. Ohio State came out flat in the series opener and tied a season-high with four errors in the contest as the Wildcats won 4-1. The Scarlet and Gray rebounded to win the last three games of the series, just as it had done in the Michigan State series in East Lansing, Mich., April 16-18. Ohio State won both ends of the Northwestern doubleheader by 4-2 and 9-1 scores before the 8-4 win in the finale.

Steve Caravati batted .786 (11-for-14) to lead the Buckeyes against Northwestern. The junior from Dover, Ohio, earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time in three weeks, after having two doubles and batted in six runs during the week while scoring once. Jacob Howell batted .429 (6-for-14) against Northwestern, scored twice and had five RBI. The Buckeyes batted .314 against the Wildcats, but did not have a home run in a Big Ten series for the first time this season.

Caravati leads Ohio State and is second in the Big Ten with his .390 batting average, up from .356 after the Penn State series May 10. In conference games, the average swells to .422, which leads all batters in the league. Caravati also leads the team with 76 hits, nine home runs, 45 RBI, a .615 slugging percentage and a .443 on-base percentage. He has 43 hits in Big Ten play nine doubles and 28 RBI. Drew Anderson has 69 hits, including a team-best 16 doubles, and is second on the team with a .330 batting average. Howell is third, batting .330 with a team-high four triples. The Buckeyes are batting .305 as a team.

Mike Madsen won his eighth game of the season to lead the Big Ten in wins. He is 8-3 on the year with a 4.12 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Madsen tossed a three-hit complete game win in the third game of the Northwestern series. Josh Newman is the team lead in strikeouts (88) and innings pitched (88.1) and is second on the team with a 7-5 record and 3.67 ERA. Trent Luyster, who did not pitch against Northwestern, has a 3.57 ERA to lead the regular starting rotation. Scott Lewis won his first game of the season (1-0) striking out six in a four-inning start in game two against the Wildcats. He allowed two unearned runs in a 4-2 victory. Jeffrey Carroll started the fourth game, but did not get a decision, instead yielding the win to Brett Hatcher, who moved to 3-0. Ohio State has a 4.07 team ERA, which is the lowest mark of the season and leads the Big Ten.

Dan DeLucia likely will start Wednesday against Cleveland State. The freshman from Bishop Watterson High School, is 1-0 on Wednesday and has not allowed an earned run in four previous midweek appearances (14.0 innings).

ABOUT THE VIKINGS
Cleveland State took a 14-28 record into its Tuesday game against Ohio University. The Vikings moved to 10-9 in the Horizon League after splitting a four-game series with Detroit in Cleveland this past weekend.

Steve Chinn leads the team with a .343 batting average, 47 hits, nine doubles and 20 RBI. Ben Smith is second on the team with a .297 batting average, while Doug Besozzi is third, batting .294. As a team, Cleveland State is batting .251 with 16 home runs.

On the hill Mike Ochwat paces the squad with a 1.21 ERA in 37.1 innings. David Boyza is the team’s strikeout leader with 62, while Matt Kaltenbach has 52. Boyza is 3-6 on the year with a 4.67 ERA. Kaltenbach is 3-6 with a 5.35 ERA.

The Vikings are coached by Jay Murphy, who is 155-263 in his eighth season with Cleveland State. He is 271-397 in his 13th season as a head coach.

AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Cleveland State 31-5 and has won the last seven games in the series going back to April 27 when the Buckeyes won 23-6 the day after the last Viking win in the series, a 5-3 win in Columbus. Last season, Ohio State won 4-1 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland and 6-1 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.

Last 11 Meetings (Ohio State leads 10-1)
March 27, 1993 – at Ohio State 8, CSU 5
March 28, 1993 – at Ohio State 9, CSU 5
April 27, 1993 – at Ohio State 10, CSU 1
April 26, 1997 – CSU 5, at Ohio State 3
May 27, 1997 – at Ohio State 23, CSU 6
May 6, 1998 – at Ohio State 15, CSU 4
April 28, 1999 – at Ohio State 12, CSU 8
May 9, 2001 – at Ohio State 9, CSU 0
May 15, 2002 – at Ohio State 14, CSU 0
May 6, 2003 – Ohio State 4, CSU 1*
May 14, 2003 – at Ohio State 6, CSU 1
* Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

LAST YEAR VS. CLEVELAND STATE
Steve Caravati went 3-for-4 and Jedidiah Stephen hit a home run to lift Ohio State to a 4-1 victory over Cleveland State at Jacobs Field May 6 for the Buckeyes’ 30th win of the season. The win went to Kyle Brown who was the pitcher of record when Ohio State took the lead with a three-run sixth inning. With no one out, Matt Davis came in to relieve Brown and pitched the final four innings to earn his ninth save of the season. Davis was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round last season and is now playing in Kinston.

In the second game of the season, Wes Schirtzinger and Christian Snavely each finished 2-for-3 to lead Ohio State to a 6-1 win over Cleveland State, May 14. Snavely knocked in two runs and scored once, while Schirtzinger batted in one and scored twice. The Buckeyes out-hit the Vikings 9-6 and neither team committed an error. Justin Myers got his first collegiate win in just his third game, pitching just two innings. He allowed one earned run on a pair of hits with a strikeout.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Ohio State improved to 6-1 in Wednesday night home games after the 4-3 victory against Akron last Wednesday. After losing the first home midweek date to Eastern Michigan 2-1, the Buckeyes have rattled off six straight victories, downing Oakland 14-4, Dayton 4-1, Wright State 13-4, Bowling Green 8-1 and Detroit 9-4 to go with the one-run win over the Zips a week ago.

Led by Steve Caravati’s .500 (13-for-26) batting average, the team is batting .346 in the seven games, which is up substantially from the .305 average in all 47 games this season. Among players who have started at least six of the seven games, four Buckeyes are batting .300 or better. Joining Caravati on that list are Drew Anderson (.448), Brett Garrard (.348) and Mike Rabin (.346). The team also has a 2.29 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 and again against Akron, 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 53-19 and has out hit them 84-49 in Bill Davis Stadium midweek affairs.

LAST WEDNESDAY
Ohio State scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Akron 4-3 Wednesday night in front of 2,315 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.

Drew Anderson, who was hitless in his previous three at bats, led off the inning with a single to left. He reached second on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt by Jacob Howell that caught Akron shortstop Doug Kruthaupt off the bag on a throw from third baseman Shaun Hinssen. A second bunt, this time by Steve Caravati, went into no-man’s land between third base and the pitcher to load the bases for Adam Schneider. Schnieder reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Anderson to score as the equalizing run, but caught Caravati at second. With runners at the corners for Brett Garrard, who sent a shot to deep center field to score Howell on the sacrifice and give the Buckeyes the 4-3 lead.

Caravati and Derek Kinnear each had two hits to lead the Buckeyes, who were aided with RBI by Schneider, Garrard and Jedidiah Stephen, who hit his seventh home run of the season in the fifth inning to tie the game 2-2.

Brett Hatcher, the third Buckeye pitcher of the game who came on to start the top of the eighth, took all the benefit of the two Buckeye runs in the bottom of the inning to get his second win of the season against no losses. Trey Fausnaugh came on in the ninth to get his sixth save of the season.

SENIOR SENDOFF
Three Ohio State seniors are playing their final regular season home game at Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday. The trio, including Brett Garrard, Derek Kinnear and Josh Newman, were recognized prior to the start of the Sunday 8-4 win vs. Northwestern.

Garrard has played 201 games with 182 starts. The shortstop from Brownsburg, Ind., has 657 career at bats to rank 10th on the school’s all-time list. He has scored 146 runs to rank 16th all-time. As quarterback of the Buckeye infield, Garrard helped guide the Buckeyes to their second straight Big Ten Tournament championship in 2003 when he was 9-for-19 with four home runs and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Garrard was also named to the NCAA Auburn Regional team helping seal the regional championship for Ohio State.

Kinnear is a veteran of 119 games with 106 starts. Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors a season ago when he moved into a starting role. The catcher from Kenton, Ohio, has started 39 of his 44 games this season after starting all 57 games in which he played in 2003 and earned national recognition when he earned a spot on the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best college catcher.

Newman will go down in the Ohio State record books as one of the finest pitchers to wear the scarlet and gray. The left-handed pitcher from Wheelersburg, Ohio, will rank among the school’s Top 5 leaders in wins (31), innings pitched (354.0) and strikeouts (279). He has made 59 career appearances with 52 starts and is 31-20 with a 4.12 ERA. Newman, who was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2003, also was named All-Big Ten on the diamond, earning second-team honors. He also earned a spot on the 2003 Big Ten Tournament team.

NORTHWESTERN TAKES GAME ONE
Ohio State tied a season high with four errors that lead to two unearned runs by Northwestern in a 4-1 loss to the Wildcats Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium in the opening game of a four-game Big Ten series.

Jason Krynski gave Northwestern a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. The Wildcats added two more runs to take a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to a pair of miscues by Ohio State.

Ohio State used a pair of doubles to get its first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Derek Kinnear led off the inning with a double just inside the third-base bag and into left field and then two outs later, Steve Caravati delivered Kinnear home with a double to the gap in right-center field.

Northwestern extended its lead to 4-1 with one run on two hits in the sixth. Anthony Wycklendt doubled with two outs and then scored on a single to center by Doug Beatty.

Newman did not pitch poorly, but had almost no help at the plate or defensively as all four infielders had an error. Newman allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out six without a walk until the ninth inning. He fell to 7-5 on the season in pitching his second complete game of the year. Caravati was 2-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Buckeyes’ six-hit offense, while six different players had all the Northwestern hits.

LEWIS GETS FIRST WIN IN 2004
Left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis struck out six and allowed two unearned runs to earn his first win of the season as Ohio State claimed the first game of a twin bill against Northwestern 4-2 Saturday.

Lewis, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, made his first appearance and start of the season after working his way back from Tommy John surgery, less than one year ago. He allowed the two unearned runs on three hits and struck out six in 4.0 innings on the hill. He now has a 3.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 17.1 innings of work.

Jon Mikrut was the only Northwestern base runner in the first three innings until he boarded on the error in the fourth on the only Buckeye error of the game. He singled up the middle with one out in the first inning before Lewis went on to retire the next eight batters. Lewis’ day was over after the fourth inning though as he threw 63 pitches on a pitch count. Trey Fausnaugh came on to pitch the final three innings and earn his seventh save of the season.

Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, capitalizing on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly. With one out, Mike Rabin singled and with a hit-and-run on made it to third on a single through the left side by Steve Caravati. Rabin scored the Buckeyes’ first run of the game on a sac fly by Adam Schneider.

Northwestern knotted the score with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Back-to-back base hits by Brett Garrard and Paul Farinacci led to two more runs. Garrard reached third on the hit-and-run on the Farinacci single through the right side. After an out Jacob Howell delivered Garrard home with a sac fly. Farinacci scored from second on a throwing error by Northwestern first baseman Mark Ori, who was throwing to pitcher Dan Brauer to first on a ground ball by Derek Kinnear. That made the score 4-2. Caravati finished 3-for-3 with one RBI, while Garrard added a pair of hits in three at bats.

MADSEN TOSSES 3-HIT COMPLETE GAME IN 9-1 WIN TO SWEEP DH
Ohio State right-handed pitcher Mike Madsen took a no-hitter into the top of the fifth inning and limited Northwestern to three hits in leading the Buckeyes to a 9-1 victory in the third game of the series to sweep a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium.

Madsen retired 12 of the first 14 batters of the game before designated hitter Dan Brauer delivered a base hit up the middle for the first Wildcat hit of the game. The first two base runners to that point were the only walks issued by Madsen, who gave up two hits in the sixth inning as the Wildcats were able to score their only run of the game. He pitched his third complete game of the season in holding Northwestern to three hits with four strikeouts to go with the two walks in the first and third innings.

Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs in the fifth inning, Anderson drew a walk to spark a Buckeye rally. Ohio State followed with three straight hits to take a 3-0 lead.

The bid at the second Buckeye shutout of the season ended in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Mark Ori that scored Jon Mikrut who doubled off the wall in right field. That run sparked the Ohio State offense to six runs in the bottom of the inning.

Madsen retired the final five batters of the game in order, including his fourth strikeout to end the game. The eight wins (against three losses) give Madsen the highest win total of all Big Ten pitchers. Caravati went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored in the nightcap to go with a 3-for-3 effort with one RBI in the first game. Howell was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap.

OSU WINS N’WESTERN SERIES 3-1
Ohio State scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to fight back from a 3-1 deficit and clinch the Big Ten series with a 7-3 victory over Northwestern.

Ohio State used three hits and a pair of Northwestern errors for the five spot in the sixth to move in front. Brett Garrard led off with a double down the right-field line. Paul Farinacci grounded to first, but an error on first baseman Mark Ori allowed Garrard to reach third. Ronnie Bourquin singled to left-center field to knock in Garrard and make it 3-2 game before a walk by Mike Rabin loaded the bases.

Derek Kinnear skied a shot to left field, but Anthony Wycklendt dropped the ball, though Farinacci was still able to score on the sacrifice to tie the game, 3-3. A two-run single to right by Jacob Howell gave Ohio State a 5-3 lead. Adam Schneider drove in the fifth run of the inning, scoring Kinnear on a sacrifice fly to center.

Northwestern committed two more errors in the seventh inning and the Buckeyes were able to convert the miscue into another run. Garrard doubled to score Kris Moorman, who came in to pinch run for Schneider, who reached on a fielder’s choice. That was the eighth run of the game. Northwestern added its final run of the game in the top of the ninth.

Caravati was the offensive star in the game, going a perfect 4-for-4 in the game with one RBI. Garrard was 3-for-5 in the Northwestern finale, while Anderson, Howell, and Bourquin each had two of the Buckeyes’ 15 total hits. Howell and Kinnear each batted in two.

Brett Hatcher came in to relieve Carroll to start the sixth inning, trailing 3-1. Hatcher got Jason Krynski to ground out before a pair of strikeouts ended the inning. Hatcher benefited from the Buckeyes’ big inning to improve to 3-0 on the year. Northwestern starter Dan Konecny got the loss to fall to 4-8 on the season.

CARAVATI NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK 3RD TIME IN 5 WEEKS
Steve Caravati has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time in five weeks after batting .722 (13-for-18) in five games last week and .786 (11-for-14) in the 3-1 series win against Northwestern. The junior from Dover, Ohio had two doubles and batted in six runs during the week while scoring once himself. Against Northwestern, Caravati had a slugging percentage of .929 and an on-base percentage of .813. He was perfect in three at bats in the second game of the series and was perfect in four at bats in the finale. In game three, Caravati drove in three runs. In all five games last week, he had at least two hits. Already a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, Caravati is now batting .390 overall and .422 in Big Ten play. He is currently enjoying a seven-game hit streak. Caravati, who has at least one hit in 43 of his 51 games this season, also was the Big Ten Player of the Week April 19 and May 3.

CAUGHENBAUGH NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT BY COSIDA
Ohio State designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh was named a Second Team Academic All-District IV selection Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Caughenbaugh, a redshirt sophomore from Newark, Ohio, is a mechanical engineering major and carries a 3.81 GPA in his third year of study. He was named the top freshman mechanical engineering student at Ohio State after his first year and the top sophomore mechanical engineering student after his second year. On the field, Caughenbaugh has appeared in 28 games this season with nine starts. The Licking Valley High School graduate is batting .235 (12-for-51) with four doubles, two home runs and has driven in 13 runs and scored another eight. He is the best pinch hitter on the team with five hits in 15 pinch-hit at bats.

The Academic All-District IV Team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of CoSIDA members within the district. The academic all-district team is part of the Academic All-America program.

SAVES RECORD IN JEOPARDY
The Ohio State season saves record is in jeopardy again for the second straight season. The Buckeyes set the school record with 16 saves last season, mostly in part to school-record 14 saves by closer Matt Davis, who is now playing in the Cleveland Indians organization with Kinston (2-0, 1.80 ERA in 20.0 innings with one save through May 16). Ohio State already has 15 saves, one away from the record.

Trey Fausnaugh has seven saves this season to lead the Buckeyes. Fausnaugh is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 40.1 innings. Trent Luyster has four saves to go with his 4-4 record and 3.57 ERA in 80.2 innings. Jesse Paciorek has two saves while Brett Hatcher and Dan DeLucia have the other two.

Fausnaugh, a redshirt freshman from Circleville, has made 27 appearances this season, which is the 10th most in school history. His seven saves are tied for eighth most, seven behind Davis’ record.

BUCKEYE BULLETS

Steve Caravati leads the Buckeyes in batting average in allgames (.390) and in the Big Ten (.422). He is second in the leaguein all games and leads the conference in Big Ten games only. OhioState is batting .305 in all games (third in the Big Ten) and .317in conference games (second in the Big Ten). Brett Garrard leadsthe team in non-conference games with a .385 average. He has 25hits, including nine doubles in non-league games. Drew Anderson isright behind with a .372 batting average and the team is batting.291 in non-league games. Steve Caravati is the team’s best batterin the last 10 games. He is batting .472 with 17 hits, includingfour doubles and one triple, and has driven in nine runs. JacobHowell is second on the team with a .412 average. He has 14 hits,including a triple and home run and has driven in seven runs, whilescoring nine times of his own. Steve Caravati leads the team with a436 average in home games and has 19 RBI at home. Jacob Howell isbatting .345 and Drew Anderson is batting .341 at home. Ohio Stateis 15-8 and batting .310 as a team. Jedidiah Stephen is the teamleader in the 28 games away from Bill Davis Stadium. He has a .371batting average. Of his 33 hits, he has five doubles, two triplesand five home runs that have produced 16 RBI. His road sluggingpercentage also leads the team. Steve Caravati’s 26 road RBI leadthe Buckeyes. Drew Anderson is the team leader with 25 multiple-hitgames, including 20 games with two hits, four games with three hitsand one game with four hits. The team his batting .365 in the 31wins, while batting .228 in the losses. Steve Caravati is batting.462 and has six home runs and 34 RBI when the Buckeyes arevictorious. Brett Garrard is batting .412 with three home runs and25 RBI in those games. The team is batting .313 against left-handedpitchers compared to a .303 average against right-handed pitchers.Buckeye pinch hitters have a .304 average and are led by CodyCaughenbaugh, who is batting .333 in a pinch-hit role. Ohio Statehas a .308 average with runners in scoring position. With runnerson third, with at least two out, Ohio State is batting .554. Theteam has 117 two-out RBI, compared to only 76 by opponents. SteveCaravati’s nine home runs is a season high and his 21 in his careerare tied for 21st most in school annals. His .353 career battingaverage is tied for ninth all-time. Caravati’s 130 career RBI aretied for 21st. Brett Garrard needs five RBI to reach 100 for hiscareer. The 145 runs he has scored in his career are 16th all-timeat Ohio State. His 189 hits are tied for 22nd. Garrard’s 37 careerdoubles are tied for 21st. Drew Anderson’s 208 career hits tie himfor 14th in school history, while his 43 doubles is tied for ninthmost by a Buckeye. Three Ohio State players rank among the Top 24in all-time at bats: Drew Anderson is seventh with 674; BrettGarrard is 10th with 657 and Mike Rabin is 22nd with 588.

NEWMAN CLIMBING STRIKEOUT LIST
Josh Newman struck out six batters in the opening game against Northwestern to increase his career strikeout total to 279, which is good enough for fourth place on the school’s all-time strikeout list. He needs three more to move into third place and 16 more to move into second place all-time. 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. He won his first game of the season in a four-inning effort in a seven-inning game against Northwestern. He had another six strikeouts and now has 23 this season in four games. Lewis had Tommy John surgery on May 29, 2003. Lewis is 10th on the school’s all-time strikeout list with 241.

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 279 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 Lewis 2002-present 241

NEWMAN TIED FOR THIRD IN WINS
Josh Newman picked up his 31st career victory in a 3-1 win over Penn State May 8. 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 7-5 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 354.0 career innings ranks third all-time. He now needs 26.0 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 354.0 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 54 with a steal in the second game of the Northwestern series. The steal against the Wildcats pulled him within nine of Mike Check (1998-2001), who is in second place with 63. Anderson is a perfect 17-for-17 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 54 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

UP NEXT…
No. 2 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota begin a four-game set that will have a major impact on the regular-season championship and who will host next week’s Big Ten Tournament. The teams will play a single game Friday at 7:35 p.m. (6:35 p.m., CDT), a doubleheader Saturday at 3:05 p.m. (2:05 p.m., CDT) and a single game Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m., CDT).

Friday’s game will be televised by Fox Sports North (DIRECTV Ch. 641). All four games will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and live on the Internet at www.wosu.org. Live stats are available at www.gophersports.com.