April 28, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Purdue catcher David Harrell hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to help the Boilermakers back from a 6-1 deficit en route to a 10-7 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the four-game series. The game was the conclusion of Saturday’s game that had been suspended because of rain.
When play resumed on Sunday morning with the score tied 1-1, the Buckeyes jumped on top of Boilermakers pitching batting around to score five runs on six hits, including home runs by Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersbrug, W.Va./Parkersburg) and Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley). The home run by Deeds was his ninth of the season and scored Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), who hit the first pitch up the middle. Lance Rolston (Jr., Athens, Ohio/Alexander) and Mike Rabin (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) each batted in runs to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead after the third inning.
Ohio State squandered two chances to get out of the top of the fourth without a run scoring, but Purdue went on to score seven runs to take an 8-6 lead. With one out Koester hit a ground ball right to Garrard, the OSU shortstop, but the ball went off his chest and he could only get the runner at second failing to get the tailor-made double play. John Gusich scored on the play.
Another base hit scored Adam Fazio and put runners at first and second. Fazio broke for second, forgetting it was occupied by Koester. Buckeye catcher Joe Wilkins (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) ran toward the runner at second who moved towards third, but the runners safely got back to their bases. They did however move up on a walk from E.J. Laratta (Sr., Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) to rightfielder Daniel Underwood to load the bases. A base hit to left by Nick McIntyre scored Fazio and then David Harrell gave Purdue an 8-6 lead with his first career grand slam, which was hit over the fence in left-centerfield. Purdue added a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to taken 10-6 lead.
Ohio State added a run in the bottom of the ninth when Dendinger scored on a ground ball by Drew Anderson (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg).
Ohio State jumped out to an early lead in the first inning Satruday afternoon. Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central) singled to right to knock in Deeds, who singled to rightfield with two outs.
Purdue tied it up in the top of the third with a two-out double down the left field by leftfielder Nick McIntyre that scored shortstop Mitch Koester. Rain began to fall in the second inning, but then became more steady in the third inning forcing play to be suspended until Sunday
Brian Karpel got the win in relief of Mitch Pruemer. He improved to 3-2 allowing just two hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work. Laratta got just his second loss of the season and fell to 6-2 on the year. He lasted six innings, but surrendered nine runs on 11 hits. Chris Hanners (Fr., Groveport, Ohio/Desales) got the final three outs but have up a run on two hits.
Ohio State, which has now lost five games in a row at home, and Purdue will play two more games today to conclude the series.