April 20, 2002
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Indiana 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader and avoid what would have been just the first doubleheader sweep by an opponent since 2000.
Ohio State (23-10-1 overall, 11-4 Big Ten) manufactured a pair of runs to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Drew Anderson (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) drew a walk to lead off the inning and then stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Paul Farinacci (Fr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura). Mike Rabin tied the game 2-2 on a double to leftfield and later scored when Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) singled to short rightfield.
With the win Ohio State extended its lead in the Big Ten standings to two games over Indiana (28-10, 9-6) and Purdue, which was swept Saturday by Iowa. The Hoosiers took game one of the doubleheader against Ohio State 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh.
Ohio State jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in game two as Joe Wilkins’ (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) sacrifice fly in the second scored Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg). Swisher led off the inning with a double to shallow rightfield. He moved to third on a ground out by Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central).
Indiana came back to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, on a two-run homer by Gibran Hamdan over the leftfield fence that was aided by the wind. Vasili Spanos was on second after doubling down the leftfield line with one out when Hamdan went long distance.
Rabin finished the game 2-for-3 with the game-tying RBI and Snavely was 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI. Ohio State and Indiana each had six hits and the Buckeyes won despite two errors.
Scott Lewis (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing both Hoosier runs on six hits. He also had seven strikeouts and just one walk in improving to 4-2 with the 109-pitch victory. Brandon Steen (Sr., Hendersonville, Tenn./Hendersonville) came on to get the final out of the game to earn his fourth save of the season.
Ryan Smith, who got the win in game one, was tagged with the loss in game two. He fell to 3-1 on the season after pitching 6 1/3 innings. He gave up the winning run in the seventh after starter Nick Vitielliss gave up the tying run earlier in the inning.
A loss to Indiana in game two would have been the first doubleheader sweep in Big Ten play since the Buckeyes lost both games on April 15, 2000 at Michigan.
Ohio State and Indiana will close out the four-game series with a single game on Sunday at 2 p.m.