April 21, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Dan DeLucia came within one out of his third complete game of the season, but was bailed out by closer Rory Meister as the Buckeyes beat Indiana 4-3 to claim the first game of a four-game Big Ten series Friday at Sembower Field.
DeLucia, a junior left-handed pitcher from Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson), had allowed only two hits in the first seven innings, gave up two hits in the eighth. He started the ninth with a pair of fly outs, but allowed three straight hits to load he bases to draw a visit from head coach Bob Todd. Todd kept DeLucia in the game, but he walked his first batter of the game to make the score 4-2.
Todd then went to the bullpen for Meister, the sophomore right-handed closer from Mansfield, Ohio (Mansfield Madison). Mesiter walked his first batter to pull the Hoosiers within one run, but on his very next pitch, Ryan Parker, who played at Hilliard Davidson High School, flied out to right to end the game.
DeLucia picked up his sixth win of the year against two losses in going 8.2 innings. His six wins are the most by a Big Ten pitcher and equaled his total from 2005. He allowed the three runs on seven hits, though limited the Hoosiers to just two hits through seven innings. He finished the game with five strikeouts and the one walk. Meister picked up his fourth save of the season in facing just two batters. Clint Crossier took the loss for Indiana to fall to 2-3.
The Buckeyes could not make anything of the three hits they had in the first two innings and then snapped a string of three straight innings with three hits to start the top of the sixth inning.
Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) led off the inning with a single to left-center field and went to second when Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) followed with a single to shallow center field. Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South), who was going to bunt until he had two strikes on him, singled to left to plate Angle and break the scoreless tie.
After Jedidiah Stephen (Sr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) popped up a bunt for the first out of the inning, the runners were in motion for designated hitter Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura), who doubled down the left-field line to score two runs and give Ohio State a 3-0 lead.
Indiana spoiled the shutout with a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth inning. Keith Haas singled up the middle after a pair of fly outs started the inning. Ben Greenspan drove him in with a double to the right-center field gap to make it a two-run game.
The Buckeyes got the run back in the top of the ninth. Schneider drew a walk to lead off the inning and was replaced by Tony Kennedy (So., Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South). He went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) and then scored on a two-out error by Hoosier short stop Josh Richardson.
Schneider was the only Buckeye with multiple hits, going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI on his sixth-inning double. The Buckeyes out-hit Indiana 8-7 and the Hoosiers committed the games only error. Haas and Reggie Watson each had two hits for the Hoosiers (13-21 overall, 4-9 Big Ten).
Ohio State (22-11, 7-6) and Indiana will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:05 p.m. before concluding the series Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m.