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April 9, 2005

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jacob Howell was 2-for-2 and batted in two runs and Mike Madsen pitched his first complete game to guide Ohio State to a 5-1 triumph over Purdue in game two to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Boilermakers Saturday in front of 2,667 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.

Howell, a sophomore from Ashland, Ohio (Ashalnd), drove in two runs in the bottom of the second inning to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. Both runs scored with two outs in the inning. Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) singled through the left side to get the rally started. He went to second on a base hit to center field by Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg). Purdue starter Brent Coudron hit Chris Macke (Fr., Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) to load the bases for Howell.

Purdue cut the lead to one run in the top of the fourth inning. Andy Dahl led off with a double to right-center field and then went to third on a wild pitch by Madsen, a senior from Canfield, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin). With one out, Dahl crossed the plate on a ground out by Neal Gorka to pull within a 2-1 score.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ohio State was able to add another pair of runs. After doubling to lead off the inning, Macke scored on a hit and an error to put the Buckeyes up by two runs. Howell beat out his bunt down the third-base line, but Mike Marx’s throw was well wide of first and Macke was able to score, while Howell went to second. A second bunt, this time by Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East), moved Howell to third and a sacrifice fly by Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) allowed him to score to put the Buckeyes up by three. Fryer singled up the middle with two out in the sixth to bring home Farinacci for another run of insurance.

Madsen went the distance for the first time this season and struck out six in his seven-inning outing. He allowed only four hits that produced Purdue’s lone run. The victory was the 19th career win for Madsen, who evened his record at 2-2. Brent Coudron (2-3) got the loss for Purdue, which fell to 9-16 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten.

Farinacci and Macke each had four hits between the two games Saturday. Farinacci was 2-for-3 in each game, while Macke, who is filling in a third base for an injured Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South), was 3-for-3 in game one and 1-for-2 in game two.

The doubleheader sweep for Ohio State ended a string of six straight losses, which was the longest losing skid for the Buckeyes since 1995 when they lost eight straight games early in the season. The 0-5 conference start was the team’s worst beginning since 1936 when it lost its first nine conference games. The win in game one of the doubleheader was the 700th victory at Ohio State for head coach Bob Todd, who is in his 18th season.

Ohio State, now 15-10 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten, and Purdue conclude the series Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and on the Internet at www.wosu.org. Dan DeLucia (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) will pitch for the Buckeyes in the series finale.