April 9, 2000
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State baseball team (21-11 overall, 4-4 in Big Ten) allowed the Minnesota Golden Gophers (19-13 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten) to rally for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Buckeyes, 7-1 at Siebert Field. The two teams split the four-game series with UM winning today’s doubleheader and OSU winning yesterday’s.
“This is what you get when you have two quality programs facing each other,” head coach Bob Todd said. “We played better baseball yesterday and they played better baseball today. We don’t like splits and nobody in our dugout should be happy with a split. We come into every series planning to win. We didn’t take care of business today.”
The Golden Gophers scored the first run of the ballgame in the bottom half of the fifth inning. With two outs, Josh Holthaus walked and scored two batters later on a single by Scott Howard to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes quickly responded in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) walked. Marcello Garofalo (Sr., Worthington, Ohio) then followed by grounding a ball to third baseman Jack Hannahan who proceeded to throw the ball past second baseman Mark Devore which also allowed Turner to advance to third base. Nick Swisher (Fr., Parkersburg, W.Va.) then drove in Turner on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Minnesota retook the lead. Luke Appert drove in two runs with a double to centerfield off reliever Kevin Wynk (Fr., Coldwater, Ohio). Holthaus drove in two runs with a single, Hannahan drove in another with a double and Mike Arlt drove in a run on a groundout to give UM a commanding 7-1 lead.
OSU starting pitcher Nate Smith (So., Bryan, Ohio) took the loss going five innings, throwing 112 pitches, giving up three hits, three runs and striking out a pair. His record falls to 3-2 for the season. Minnesota starting pitcher Kelly Werner improved to 4-3 with the complete game victory.
On Wednesday, the Buckeyes return home to play host to Eastern Michigan at 6:35 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium.