Feb. 28, 2004
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Ohio State scored four runs in the second inning and hit its way to a 5-3 victory over Kent State Saturday in its second game of the Baseball at the Beach tournament at Coastal Federal Field. Earlier in the day, the Buckeyes beat Richmond and are now 2-3 on the season and will be trying to even its record Sunday against Coastal Carolina.
Ohio State out-hit the Golden Flashes 12-6 in the two-run victory, which improved Ohio State Bob Todd to 6-3 against the team he coached from 1984-87. It was the first meeting between the two Ohio schools since the Buckeyes eliminated Kent State from the 2002 NCAA Tournament in South Bend, Ind. and the first regular season meeting between the schools since facing each other in 1996, a 5-2 Ohio State victory in Montgomery, Ala.
Ohio State came up big in the second inning Saturday, scoring four runs on five hits, including the first career triple by Paul Farinacci (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura). That shot to the deepest part of the park in left-center field came with one out and got the inning started for the Buckeyes. Farinacci scored on a double to left-center field by Brett Hatcher (Jr., Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.
After the second out of the inning, a strike out by Ronnie Bourquin (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South), Hatcher scored on a two-base error on Kent State rightfielder Adam Crowder, who misplayed a fly ball hit off the bat of Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg). Garrard moved to third on an infield single by Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton), his first hit of the season. Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland), who singled to left-center field, scored Garrard before a base hit to right by Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) scored Kinnear to put the Buckeyes out in front 4-0.
Kent State turned a leadoff double in the top of the fifth inning into its first run of the game. Second baseman Andrew Davis doubled down the left-field line and the was bunted over to third by Emmannuel Burris before scoring on a ground out to the shortstop by Matt Sega to make the score 4-1.
The Golden Flashes pulled within one run in the top of the seventh scoring two runs on Sega’s first home run of the season. Also scoring on the shot over the left-field fence was Davis, who led off the inning with a single up the middle. The Buckeyes got out of the inning with a one-run lead, 4-3, despite a pair of hit batsmen by reliever Dan DeLucia (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) that left two runners on base.
The Buckeyes scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Rabin knocked in Bourquin, who boarded with a one-out single through the right side. The Buckeyes got three hits in the inning and squandered a chance at another run, leaving the bases loaded.
Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) had a 3-for-4 game for the Buckeyes while Rabin was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Davis led Kent State with a 3-for-4 effort.
Mike Madsen (Jr., Chesterland, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) evened his record to 1-1, going six innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven. DeLucia pitched 2/3 innings before giving way to Trey Fausnaugh (Fr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall), who picked up his first career save in 2 1/3 innings. He did not allow a run and on one hit with a pair of strikeouts. Andy Sonnanstine dropped to 1-1, allowing four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.
The Buckeyes close the Baseball at the Beach tournament at 1:30 p.m. Sunday against Coastal Carolina, which beat Kent State 4-3 earlier Saturday. Ohio State is 2-0 in the tournament, while Coastal Carolina is 1-0, Richmond is 0-1 and Kent State is 0-2.