April 1, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team (17-9 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten) dropped game two of a doubleheader to the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-17 overall, 3-4 in the Big Ten), 10-4, in front of 1,520 in Bill Davis Stadium. The doubleheader loss marks the first-ever for the Buckeyes in their four years at the ballpark (OSU lost the first game, 4-2).
“Iowa jumped to the big lead in the first inning and did a good job preserving it,” head coach Bob Todd said. “I give the Hawkeyes a lot of credit. They’ve come in here ready to play. We’ll have to regroup to hopefully even the series tomorrow.”
In the top of the first, Iowa took a quick 4-0 lead. Andy Jansen had a RBI double and then with two outs, Ian Mattice, Brian Bucklin and Mike Thompson each hit RBI singles to give Iowa the 4-0 edge.
In the bottom half of the inning, OSU cut the Iowa lead to 4-2. Mike Check (Jr., Bay Village, Ohio) led off with a walk. Two batters later, Check advanced to third base on a single by Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio). Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) followed by grounding a ball to Iowa first baseman Brad Carlson who then overthrew second base attempting to throw out Ehrnsberger. The error allowed Check to score and put Ehrnsberger and Turner in scoring position. Ehrnsberger then scored the final run for OSU on a sacrifice fly by Joe Wilkins (So., Grove City, Ohio).
The Buckeyes continued to chip away at the lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Check reached second base when Iowa leftfielder Andy Jansen dropped a fly ball. John Mayor (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) immediately drove in Check with a single to leftfield to cut the Iowa lead to 4-3. In the top of the fifth inning, Kurt Vitense led off with a single and later scored on a double by Carlson to give Iowa a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Mayor led off with a single and then scored two batters later on a ground out by Wilkins to cut the Iowa lead to 6-4.
In the top of the sixth inning, Bucklin led off with his fourth home run of the year to stretch the Iowa lead to 6-4. The offensive outburst continued for the Hawkeyes with three more runs on three hits to increase their lead to 10-4.
OSU starting pitcher Brandon Steen (So., Hendersonville, Tenn.) was charged with his first loss of the year (4-1). He went five innings, gave up nine runs and seven hits. Steen did strikeout a career high nine batters. Iowa starting pitcher Nick Jensen (2-2) was the winning pitcher with a five-inning five-hit effort.
Tomorrow, Ohio State and Iowa finish the series with a game at 1:05 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium.