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April 28, 2006

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State led Purdue by a 2-1 score through five innings, but exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on its way to a 10-5 victory Friday in front of 3,685 fans in the opener of a crucial Big Ten series this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes (25-13 overall, 10-7 Big Ten) pounded out 18 hits, the most since March 19 when the team also had 18 hits in a 14-0 victory vs. Massachusetts to open the spring break trip. Every starter had a hit and five players had multiple hits let by Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling), who finished the game 4-for-5 with three stolen bases. Angle has stolen 21 bases on 24 attempts this season.

The Buckeyes had four straight hits to start the sixth inning with singles from Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South), Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) and Jedidiah Stephen (Sr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) before Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) drove in the first run of the inning, scoring Bourquin with a single to left. That brought an end to the day of Purdue starter Brent Coudron. Reliever Andrew Graves walked in a run and then got a fielder’s choice at home for the first out of the inning.

Jacob Howell (Jr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) cleared the bases with his fourth triple of the season to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead. The scoring was not done in the inning however, as Anlge plated a run with a single to left and Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) drove in another with a double down the right-field line. Bourquin got his second hit of the inning, a single to left, to move Fryer to third before he scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Tony Kennedy (So., Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South).

Purdue (22-16, 8-9) followed with a four-run inning in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a pair of two-run hits, an infield single by Eric Nielson and a two-out single to center by Eric Wolfe to make the score 10-5.

Howell was the top RBI producer in the game thanks to his three-run triple, the 10th triple of his career, which puts him in a tie with Mark Carek (1995-98) and Christian Snavely (2001-03) for sixth most all-time. The team now has 21 triples this season, which is the third most in school history.

Fryer and Bourquin each went 3-for-5. Fryer had two RBI and Bourquin batted in one. Stephen and Howell each had two hits. Purdue had 11 hits off of Buckeye pitching, including eight off starter Dan DeLucia (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson), who picked up his conference leading seventh win of the season (7-2). He gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out five with three walks. Trey Fausnaugh (Jr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) came on to pitch the eighth and allowed only three hits in his two solid innings of relief.

Ohio State got six runs on 11 hits off Coudron before he left the game with no one out in the sixth. He fell to 3-5 with the loss. Neither team committed an error.

The game had the makings of a pitchers’ duel until the Buckeyes’ big inning.

Ohio State turned a lead-off single in the bottom of the first inning by Howell into the first run of the game when Bourquin singled through the right side. Howell had gone to second on a base hit up the middle by Angle and to third when Fryer grounded into a twin killing before Bouruqin extended his hit streak to eight games.

Purdue tied the game 1-1 on a double steal in the top of the third. Nielson and Mitch Hilligoss led off the inning by singling through the right side. Then after a strikeout and a fly out that sent Nielson to third, Hilligoss stole second. Nielson took off for home and slid under the tag from Fryer, the Buckeye catcher, on a throw from Stephen when he could not catch Hilligoss at second on the steal.

Fryer gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead in the third when he drove in Angle with a double to left. Angle singled to center with two out and then stole second to set up the go-ahead score.

The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:35 p.m. and will conclude Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Games three and four will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.