COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State was victimized by a grand slam and good pitching Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium as the Buckeyes lost to Purdue, 8-0. Ohio State falls to 18-14 overall and 7-6 in the Big Ten, while Purdue improves to 19-16 and 11-3 in conference play.
Purdue took control of the game with a five-run third inning. Alex Jaffe led off with a double, and Brandon Haveman drove him home with a single. After another single, a walk and a strikeout, Dan Black hit a two-out grand slam to right center to give the Boilermakers a 5-0 lead.
After Purdue’s big inning, a steady rain delayed the game for one hour and 53 minutes. Play resumed at 3:30 p.m., and both starting pitchers, Ohio State’s Dan DeLucia and Purdue’s Matt Jansen, returned to the mound.
The Buckeyes collected their first hits of the game in the fourth inning. J.B. Shuck doubled to left with two outs. Justin Miller followed with a single to left, but Purdue left fielder Jordan Comadena threw out Shuck at the plate to end the inning and keep Ohio State scoreless.
Black hurt the Buckeyes with his bat again in the fifth with another two-out homer to right center, this time a two-run shot to increase Purdue’s lead to 7-0. The Boilermakers added another run in the sixth when Ben Wolgamot’s infield single to short scored Nick Overmyer.
DeLucia, making his first start since March 29, suffered the loss, dropping his record to 1-2. He allowed seven runs in five innings, walking two and striking out four. Jansen threw a complete game shutout, scattering six hits with three strikeouts and no walks over seven innings.
The second game of the doubleheader was rescheduled for Sunday due to the threat of rain for the remainder of the day. Two games will be played on Sunday. The first will be a seven-inning game starting at 1:05 p.m, while the second game will be nine innings long.
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