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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
21-11, 6-6 Big Ten
at
INDIANA HOOSIERS
13-20, 4-8 Big Ten

April 21-23, 2006
Sembower Field (Capacity: 3,500)
Bloomington, Ind.

Friday, April 21, 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 (DH), 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 1:05 p.m.

Series History: Ohio State leads 146-95
Last Year: Ohio State 3-1 in Columbus

OSU PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Fri: Dan DeLucia (LHP)
Sat: Cory Luebke (LHP) and Jake Hale (RHP)
Sun: J.B. Shuck (LHP)

RADIO
Games 3 & 4 on AM 920 WMNI

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GameTracker and Streaming Audio

Ohio State heads back on the road in Big Ten play for the third time in the last four weeks this weekend when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a four-game conference series that begins Friday at 3:05 p.m. The teams then will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1:05 p.m. before concluding the series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

The Buckeyes snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with an 8-2 victory vs. Oakland. The Scarlet and Gray was swept last weekend at Michigan. Indiana is 13-20 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten after getting by Indiana State 11-5 on Tuesday. The Hoosiers split a pair of home games last weekend vs. Purdue. The Hoosiers won 8-4 and 3-2 before losing the final two games of the series 5-2 and 25-8. Northwestern leads the conference at 9-3 followed by Michigan at 8-4. Purdue is third at 7-5 and then the Buckeyes are tied with Minnesota and Michigan State with 6-6 records. Indiana is tied with Illinois for ninth with a 4-8 conference mark.

The final two games of the Indiana series will be broadcast on the new home for Ohio State baseball, AM 920 WMNI in Columbus. Randy Rhinehart and Eric Welch will call the action. Both games will be available to Ohio State All-Access subscribers at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The web site also will offer GameTracker.

DIFFERENT GAME TIMES
Please note the correct game times for the Ohio State at Indiana series this weekend. Last spring, the Indiana state legislature voted to “spring ahead” to Eastern Daylight Time this year for the first time instead of staying on standard time. Currently, it is the same time in Indiana as it is in Ohio. Most Ohio State baseball schedules were printed with a one-hour adjustment from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern Daylight Time. The teams begin the series Friday at 3:05 p.m. and will continue play Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. The series concludes Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State returned to the win column Wednesday night with an 8-2 victory over Oakland at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes scored five runs with two out in the bottom of the sixth to break open a one-run game and improve to 21-11 overall. The win ended a four-game losing streak after it lost all four games at Michigan last weekend. It was just the third time in Bob Todd’s 19 years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were swept in a four-game series. Minnesota swept the Buckeyes in 1990 and Illinois did it last year in Champaign the opening weekend of league play. Last week in Ann Arbor, Michigan won 14-3 on Friday and then took 7-1 and 2-1 wins to claim both ends of a doubleheader before prevailing 5-4 in the series finale.

Eric Fryer currently leads the team with a .390 batting average. He has 46 hits (six doubles, two triples and three home runs), has knocked in a team-best 37 runs and has scored 26 times. Ronnie Bourquin leads the team with 51 hits and has 36 RBI, one behind Fryer. Matt Angle, who had a seven-game hit streak snapped vs. Oakland, is second on the team with a .387 batting average. He has 48 hits and has scored 42 runs. Jedidiah Stephen has a .376 batting average with 47 hits, including a team-high 14 doubles, three triples and three home runs. He has knocked in 26 runs and has scored 23 times.

The Buckeyes will likely throw the same rotation it did last weekend at Michigan. Dan DeLucia is the Friday starter. Cory Luebke and Jake Hale will pitch Saturday and then J.B. Shuck will toss the finale. DeLucia is 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 58.0 innings. Luebke is 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 43.1 inning while Hale is 1-3 with a 4.11 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Shuck is the leading pitcher in the Big Ten with a 5-1 record and 1.50 ERA. He leads the Buckeyes with 38 strikeouts in 48.0 innings.

OHIO STATE DOWNS OAKLAND 8-2
Ohio State scored five runs with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to blow open a one-run game on its way to a 8-2 victory over Oakland in front of 2,268 fans Wednesday night in non-conference action at Bill Davis Stadium.

All five runs scored with two outs after a ground out and a fly out to start the inning. Justin Miller singled to left and went to second when Jason Zoeller drew a walk. Jonathan Zizzo scored Miller with a single through the left side and then when Matt Angle sent a shot to center, that Oakland center fielder, Brad Competty, dropped that would have been the third out of the inning. Both Zoeller and Zizzo came around to score. To give the Buckeyes a 5-1 lead.

Eric Fryer followed with his third triple of the season to score Angle from first and then Ronnie Bourquin delivered him with a slow dribbler to short to extend the Buckeye lead to six. Fryer’s triple was the team’s 17th this season. The Buckeyes scored one more run in the eighth when pinch hitter Chris Macke drove in Zoeller with a single to center field. Oakland got that run back in the top of the ninth.

Ohio State starter Josh Barrera pitched a solid six inning and struck out a career-high seven batters allowing just one run on three hits and a walk.

AT HOME ON WEDNESDAY
Ohio State improved to 4-0 in non-conference home games after the 8-2 victory over Oakland Wednesday night. The Buckeyes also have beaten Toledo (8-5), Miami (9-2) and Central Michigan (8-5). The Buckeyes have hit .329 in the four wins and are led by Eric Fryer, who is a monstrous 11-for-16 with eight runs scored. He was 4-for-4 vs. Toledo, 3-for-4 vs. Miami, 1-for-4 vs. Central Michigan and then went 3-for-4. Jason Zoeller is 4-for-10 (.400), while Jedidiah Stephen and Ronnie Bourquin each are 6-for-16 (.375). Stephen has seven RBI to pace the squad in home non-conference action. Dan Barker won the first three games before Josh Barrera won vs. Oakland. Barker has struck out 11 in 11 innings and has not allowed a run on seven hits.

ABOUT INDIANA
The Hoosiers are 13-20 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten. Indiana beat Indiana State 11-5 Tuesday afternoon in Bloomington after splitting four games vs. Purdue last weekend. Indiana won the first two games 8-4 and 3-2 before the Boilermakers took the final two games of the series by 5-2 and 25-8 scores.

Keith Haas is the leading batter for the Hoosiers. He has a .352 batting average and has 38 hits. Jay Brant has a team-high 42 hits, including six doubles and four home runs. He has driven in 13 runs and scored 27 times. Reggie Watson has 41 hits and has scored a team-best 31 runs. Brant is batting .347 while Watson is batting .331. Indiana is batting .290 as a team and scoring 5.5 runs per game.

Joe Vicini leads the pitching staff with a 3-1 record and a 2.55 ERA. He also has 21 strikeouts in 35.1 innings and has two saves. Josh Lewis is 3-5 with a 5.59 ERA and a team-high 32 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. Chris McCombs is 1-1 with three saves to go with a 3.57 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Clint Crosier has made starts in five of his eight appearances, including the Friday start last week vs. Purdue. He is 2-2 with 20 strikeouts and a 4.33 ERA in 27.0 innings. Lewis pitched game two and McCombs pitched game three. The staff has a 5.69 ERA and is holding opponents to a .299 batting average and 6.7 runs per game. Crossier, Lewis and McComb are slated for games one through three, respectively and then Vicini will toss in the finale.

Tracy Smith (Miami, Ohio, 1988) is in his first year at Indiana after leaving his alma mater last year. He is 330-240 in his 10th season as a college head coach.

AGAINST THE HOOSIERS
Ohio State leads the all-time series against Indiana 146-95 and has won 17 of 23 meetings since the 2000 season, including three of the four games last season. The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 14. The series dates back to 1897 when Ohio State won 24-2. OSU skipper Bob Todd is 49-24 all-time against the Hoosiers.

OSU vs. Indiana Since 2000 (OSU leads 17-6)

4/21/2000 W 13-5 H
4/22/2000 L 9-4 H
4/22/2000 W 4-3 H
4/23/2000 W 9-3 H
5/5/2001 W 10-1 A
5/6/2001 W 10-8 A
5/6/2001 L 5-4 A
4/19/2002 W 14-11 A
4/20/2002 L 5-4 A
4/20/2002 W 3-2 A
5/23/2002 W 11-10 1N
4/19/2003 W 9-3 H
4/20/2003 W 13-12 H
4/20/2003 L 13-2 H
4/20/2003 L 6-3 H
5/1/2004 W 11-6 A
5/2/2004 W 9-3 A
5/2/2004 W 8-3 A
5/3/2004 W 8-0 A
4/29/2005 L 10-1 H
4/30/2005 W 3-0 H
4/30/2005 W 7-3 H
5/1/2005 W 10-8 H

1-Big Ten Tournament, Minneapolis, Minn.

LAST YEAR VS. INDIANA: OSU WINS THREE
Ohio State had to rebound after its Friday night loss to Indiana to claim the final three games of the series to win the series three games to none. Indiana kept the Buckeyes winless on Friday in Big Ten play with a 10-1 triumph before Ohio State came back to win 3-0 and 7-3 in the doubleheader and 10-8 in the series finale.

The Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Ohio State scored its only run of the game in the fourth and then they added two more runs in the seventh before a Buckeye meltdown allowed five more runs to cross the plate in the top of the ninth. Dan DeLucia struck out seven and walked two in giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 6.1 innings before turning over the reigns to the bullpen in the seventh.

In game two, Cory Luebke threw his third complete game as a Buckeye and was supported by runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings as Ohio State recorded its first shutout of the season. Luebke allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out three to improve to 4-2 on the year. Jedidiah Stephen drove in the first run in the second, Steve Caravati knocked in Mike Rabin in the fifth and then Ronnie Bourquin hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot, to lead off the sixth and give OSU the 3-0 win.

In the nightcap, Ohio State pitchers struck out a season-high 12 batters, including a career-best eight strikeouts from Mike Madsen, and Rory Meister earned his first career save as the Buckeyes beat Indiana 7-3 Saturday. Leading 5-3 with runners at the corners and two out in the fifth, Meister came in to retire the final seven batters of the game to earn his first career save. Matt Angle and Jason Zoeller each went 3-for-4.

In the series finale, Ohio State had to fight back from a 4-1 deficit to win 10-8. The Buckeyes tied the game in the fourth and added single runs in the fifth and sixth before Caravati got things going in the seventh with his first home run of the season that sparked a four-run inning. The Buckeyes gave up four runs in the top of the eighth, but Meister came in to preserve the two-run win to get his second straight save.

INDIANA LOSS THE TURNING POINT IN ’05
Indiana beat Ohio State 10-1 in the series opener last year on April 29 at Bill Davis Stadium, a loss that put the Buckeyes in last place in the Big Ten standings. The Scarlet and Gray responded to win 15 of its next 17 games to tie for fourth in the standings and earn the fifth seed in the conference tournament. The Buckeyes won their third Big Ten tournament title in four years to earn the school’s 11th bid to an NCAA regional under coach Bob Todd.

BIG TEN SERIES HISTORY VS. INDIANA
Ohio State has won 13 series against Indiana since the Big Ten began playing four-game series in 1981. That total includes four four-game sweeps, the last coming in 2004. Ohio State also has won twice in three-game rain-shortened series in 2001 and 2002. There have been eight splits. The Hoosiers have won only four series against the Buckeyes and has one sweep against Ohio State, though that was a two-game series in 1983. Indiana has never won a four-game series against the Buckeyes.

Big Ten Series History vs. Indiana

Ohio State 4-0 2004, 1991, 1989, 1982
Ohio State 3-1 2005, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1994, 1993, 1981
Ohio State 2-1 2002, 2001
Split 2-2 2003, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1984
Indiana 3-1 1996, 1992, 1986
Indiana 2-0 1983
Indiana 4-0 None

BUCKEYES SWEPT AT MICHIGAN
For just the third time in Bob Todd’s 19 years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were swept in a four game series. Minnesota swept Ohio State in Columbus in 1990 and then during the opening weekend of Big Ten play last year, Illinois took all four games. Michigan won 14-3 on Friday and then won by scores of 7-1 and 2-1 Saturday before winning 5-4 Sunday to complete the sweep.

The Buckeyes took a .343 batting average into Ann Arbor, but left with a .334 average after batting .269. Ohio State did not hit the ball all that poorly, but it did not get the timely hitting it had displayed entering the series. Center fielder Matt Angle led the Buckeyes at the plate in going 6-for-14 (.429) at Michigan. He drove in two runs and scored twice and was 1-for-2 in stolen bases. Jedidiah Stephen was 5-for-15 (.333) and Jonathan Zizzo was 4-for-13 (.308) as he continues to get playing time in left field.

The pitching staff also showed vulnerability allowing Michigan to hit .368 for the weekend as it outscored the Buckeyes 28-9. The Buckeyes, which had led the Big Ten with a 3.29 ERA before the series, had an 8.28 ERA in the four games. Dan DeLucia and Cory Luebke the starters in the first two games allowed uncharacteristic nine and seven earned runs, respectively. Even J.B. Shuck, who had allowed only five earned runs all year, allowed three in the series finale. Jake Hale pitched well in his 7.1 innings in the third game of the series despite getting the loss.

IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State slipped into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten standings by virtue of getting swept at Michigan last weekend. The Buckeyes are tied with Minnesota and Michigan State with 6-6 records. Northwestern, which won three of four games at Illinois, remained in first place with a 9-3 record, while Michigan is in second place at 8-4. Purdue is third at 7-5. This weekend, Ohio State is at Indiana, Minnesota is at Michigan State, Michigan is at Purdue, Penn State is at Northwestern and Iowa is at Illinois.

BIG TEN STATS
Ohio State still leads the Big Ten in team batting average at .333. Purdue is second with a .320 batting average, while Michigan State (.315) and Illinois (.310) all are above .300. With the rocky weekend at Michigan, Ohio State’s team ERA slipped to second in the league. The Buckeyes have a 3.79 ERA and trail only Minnesota, which has a 3.70 ERA to lead the conference. Ohio State is tied for seventh with its .955 fielding percentage.

Individually, Jacob Howell has the top batting average in the Big Ten. Despite having not played since April 5 vs. Miami (Ohio), Howell’s .416 average is on top. He leads Purdue’s Mitch Hilligoss, who has a .413 batting average. Other Buckeyes ranked in the Top 10, include Eric Fryer (fourth, .390), Matt Angle (sixth, .387), Ronnie Bourquin (seventh, .386) and Jedidiah Stephen (ninth, .376). Bourquin (51) and Angle (48) rank first and third in hits, while Angle leads the league with 42 runs scored. Fryer (37) and Bourquin (36) are 1-2 in RBI.

J.B. Shuck continues to lead the league with his 1.50 ERA. Chris Fetter from Michigan joins him as the only other player in the conference with a sub-2.00 ERA, though Minnesota’s Cole DeVries is right at 2.00. Fetter has an ERA of 1.85 in 34 innings compared to Shuck, who has pitched 48.0 innings. No other Buckeye pitcher is ranked in the Top 10 in individual ERA. Dan DeLucia leads the Big Ten with his 58 innings pitched, while he and Shuck continue to pace the conference with five wins. Shuck is 5-1, while DeLucia is 5-2.

BUCKEYE GREAT STEVE ARLIN NOMINATED FOR COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Former Ohio State pitcher Steve Arlin is one of 22 former players who appear on the 2006 ballot for induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. A total of 46 all-time collegiate baseball greats, which also includes 12 former coaches and 12 veteran candidates, appear on the ballot for the first-ever Hall of Fame induction class. The class will be announced Wednesday.

“It is very special being nominated for the College Baseball Hall of Fame, even more so since it is the initial class,” Arlin said. “There are some awesome statistics included for the nominees and I am happy to represent not only Ohio State, but the Big Ten.”

Arlin helped lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back appearances at the College World Series in 1965 and 1966. He not only is considered the top pitcher in Ohio State baseball history, but he also is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the College World Series. In the 1965, facing elimination against Washington State, Arlin struck out a CWS-record 20 batters in a 15-inning 1-0 victory by Ohio State. The next year, the Buckeyes won the National Championship with Arlin on the mound in five of the team’s six games, twice beating top-seeded Southern California.

With a two-year record of 24-3 with the Buckeyes, Arlin held OSU marks for victories and strikeouts (294) until 1999 and his .889 win percentage is the best in school history. He led the nation in strikeouts as a sophomore with 165 and went 13-2 that year in leading the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the 1965 College World Series. The next year he went 11-1 and helped Ohio State claim the championship.

BUCKEYES FIND EARLY GAME SUCCESS
Ohio State has found success this season by building early leads against opponents. That was one of the indredients missing last weekend in the four losses to Michigan. Through the first four innings, the Buckeyes have outscored their opposition 121-57. Last weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan scored 15 runs in the first four innings, while the Buckeyes score just four runs. Only 11 times this season in 31 games has an opponent scored in the first inning. The sixth inning also has been particularly potent for the Buckeyes, which have outscored opponents 45-12.

TWO-OUT HITTING
Every coach preaches getting hits with two outs, but Ohio State players really seems to be taking it to heart this season. The team has 115 two-out hits and has driven in 88 runs with two outs. The Buckeyes are batting .307 (115-for-375) with two outs.

That too, was another part of the Buckeye game that was missing at Michigan. Ohio State drove in four runs on 11 hits with two out, while the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes at their game using 11 two-out hits to score nine runs, including both three-run homers in the 7-1 win in game two. Ohio State got that part of its game back in the 8-2 win vs. Oakland, scoring seven runs with two out, including all five runs in the sixth inning.

SHUCK DOES IT ALL FOR THE BUCKEYES
When J.B. Shuck started in left field in the second game of the Illinois series, it was the third position the Buckeye freshman has played. He has made seven starts as a pitcher, 13 at first base and three in left field. He was an outfielder in high school and had not played in the infield until OSU coach Bob Todd asked him to share responsibilities at first base at the start of the season after the departure of three-year starter Paul Farinacci.

Shuck’s exploits as a pitcher have been well documented, earning mention on the College Baseball Foundation National Honor twice this season. The first time came after he earned the win over then-No. 12 Missouri in his first collegiate start the opening weekend of the season. The next time, April 4, after he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 15-1 victory over Iowa to clinch the series.

Despite losing for the first time this season in the series finale at Michigan, he leads the Big Ten with five wins (5-1) and sports a 1.50 ERA, which leads the Big Ten, and has a team-high 38 strikeouts in 48 innings. In his 17 starts at first and in left field, he boasts an admirable .324 batting average with 22 hits in 68 at bats with 15 RBI and 11 runs scored. He has a hit in all but four of the 20 games he has batted, including his first six games to start the season and again in seven straight. In his first collegiate at bat, as a pinch hitter in the season opener vs. Wake Forest, he had a single.

CRACKING THE TOP 10 IN APPEARANCES
Ohio State reliever Trey Fausnaugh has made eight appearances this season, including one inning of work Wednesday vs. Oakland. That appearance was the 64th of his career and he now is tied for eighth in school history. The all-time record for appearances is 96 held by Cory Cox (1998-2001). He needs two more appearances to tie Gary Fragle (1993-96) in seventh place.

SPEED YIELDING MORE TRIPLES
Ohio State has already hit 17 triples this season, which is tied for eighth in school history. Jedidiah Stephen and Jacob Howell each have three to lead the team. Jason Zoeller and Eric Fryer has two, while five other players each have one. The school record for three-baggers is 25 set in 1991 and the team already has exceeded last year’s total of 16.

SPEED ALSO WORKING ON BASE PATHS
Buckeye center fielder Matt Angle has stolen 16 of 19 bases this season after going 1-for-2 at Michigan. Jacob Howell and Wes Schirtzinger, the other two outfielders, also are a threat to steal. Howell is perfect in six attempts, while Schirtzinger has been thrown out once on seven tries. The team is 38 for 46 in stolen bases this season after Jonathan Zizzo and Eric Fryer swiped a base Wednesday vs. Oakland. Howell has 30 career stolen bases and is tied for 17th on the career list, while Angle has stolen 29 bases and needs one to get ranked on the school’s all-time list.

DELUCIA MOVES INTO CAREER RANKINGS
Dan DeLucia has pitched 198.2 career innings. When he topped 175 career innings on the team’s spring break trip, he reached the stat minimum for several career pitching stats. DeLucia has allowed 197 hits, the ninth lowest total by a Buckeye. He has walked just 58 batters, which is the third fewest by an Ohio State pitcher. He has allowed 106 runs (eighth lowest) and 91 earned runs (eighth lowest). DeLucia is 14-10 with a 4.12 ERA and 116 strikeouts, though this year he is 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA and has 37 strikeouts.

OTHER BUCKEYE BANTER

Eric Fryer is the team’s leading batter through the team’s 32games this season. He has a batting average of .387, which ranksfourth in the Big Ten. Matt Angle is the team’s leading batter inBig Ten play with his .386 batting average. Angle also leads theteam in the last 10 games with a .378 batting average. The team isbatting .333 in all games, but just .307 in conference play. OhioState is 4-0 at home in non-conference action this season. Fryerleads the team with a .688 batting average. The Buckeyes play hostto Cleveland State Wednesday at noon. Jacob Howell is the team’sleading batter in the 20 non-conference games this season. He isbatting .438 with 32 hits, 12 RBI and 21 runs scored. The Buckeyesare 7-1 at home this season and are led by Fryer’s .529 battingaverage (18-for-34) with eight RBI and 11 runs scored. JedidiahStephen and Ronnie Bourquin have nine RBI at home. The team bats.330 at home and .334 in the 24 games away from Bill Davis Stadium.Ohio State is 3-7 in true road games and is 11-3 in neutral sitecontests. In the 21 wins this season, the team is batting .364 andis led by Howell’s .462 batting average. Fryer has a .449 averageand Stephen is batting .432. Conversely, in the 11 losses, OhioState is batting just .272. Angle is the top batter when the teamloses. He is batting .409 in those 11 games. Ohio State is 16-9 andbatting .340 during the day, compared to 5-2 and .310 at night.Fryer is batting .458 vs. left-handed pitchers and .372 vs.righties. Bourquin is batting .400 with runners on base and withrunners in scoring position. Fryer is the team’s leading two-outhitter. He is batting .467 (21-for-45) with two out and has drivenin 20 RBI in the situation.

BUCKEYES WIN THREE VS. ILLINOIS
Ohio State improved to 19-7 after winning three of four games at home vs. Illinois. After getting rained out Friday night, Ohio State and Illinois were forced to play two doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday, playing the series in order with a nine-inning and a seven-inning game Saturday followed by a seven-inning and a nine-inning game Sunday. Ohio State won 4-1 and 5-1 on Saturday. Down 6-0 in the first game Sunday, the Buckeyes tied the game in the bottom of the sixth before allowing two runs in the top of the ninth in an 8-6 extra-inning defeat. The Scarlet and Gray clinched the series with a 9-1 triumph in the nightcap.

For the series, the team batted .331 and was led by center fielder Matt Angle, who was 7-for-15 (.467) with a pair of doubles and four runs scored. Shortstop Jedidiah Stephen batted .462 and third baseman Ronnie Bourquin batted .429, while J.B. Shuck, who had one start at first and two in left field, batted .400. Shuck, also a freshman pitcher, went the distance to pitch his first career complete game in the series clinching victory on Sunday. He allowed only one run on seven hits and struck out five. Catcher/first baseman Eric Fryer batted .389 with six RBI and seven runs scored.

Six pitchers combined for a 2.12 ERA and struck out 30 Illini batters in 34.0 innings pitched and limited Illinois to a .203 batting average. Dan DeLucia and Cory Luebke joined Shuck in pitching complete games. DeLucia allowed one run on six hits with a career-high tying nine strikeouts, while Luebke allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts in his 7.0-inning complete game.

BUCKEYES EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Four players have earned Big Ten Player or Pitcher of the Week honors this season, including Cory Luebke (pitcher, March 7), Matt Angle (player, March 14), Ronnie Bourquin (player, March 20) and Eric Fryer (player, April 11).

BUCKEYES OPEN LEAGUE PLAY 3-1 AT IOWA
Ohio State won three of four games from Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, March 31-April 2. Ohio State won the first, third and fourth games of the series by respective scores of 12-5, 6-4 and 15-1, with the only blemish of the week coming in game two, a 7-1 loss. The most dominating win was the 15-1 series clincher on Sunday that kept the Buckeyes on top of the Big Ten standings.

While the offense pounded out 17 hits, it was the pitching that grabbed national headlines as freshman pitcher J.B. Shuck took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a solo home run to the lead-off batter that inning. It was the only hit allowed by Buckeye pitching. Shuck struck out eight batters in the game and turned the game over to Dan Barker, who pitched the ninth without a hit.

The team outscored the Hawkeyes 34-17 while 15 of the team’s 44 hits were for extra bases. The team had nine doubles, two triples and four home runs after entering the weekend with only three round-trippers the first 17 games of the season. Ronnie Bourquin batted .438 in the four games, going 7-for-16 with three doubles, a home run, five RBI and six runs scored. He had an .813 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. He did not strikeout in the series and drew two walks. Jason Zoeller also had a strong series, batting .417.

SHUCK MAKES NATIONAL HONOR ROLL
For the second time this season freshman pitcher J.B. Shuck made the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll April 4. Shuck, a left-handed pitcher from Galion, Ohio (Galion), took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 15-1 victory in the series at Iowa. The Hawkeyes broke it up with a solo-home run to lead off the eighth inning, but he retired the next three batters to get out of the inning and handed the game over to a reliever who did not allow a hit in the ninth. The two pitchers combined to allow only the one hit. Shuck struck out a season-high eight batters, equaling the most by a Buckeye this season, and did not issue a walk.

Shuck also started the midweek game against Toledo, but pitched only three innings after allowing one earned run on five hits in the short start. After beating Iowa, Shuck improved to 4-0 and boasts a 1.12 ERA, the lowest in the Big Ten. Opposing hitters are batting just .161. He has allowed only four earned runs this season and also holds his own at first base, where he has made eight starts. Shuck is batting .400 in 12 games (14-for-35) with 10 RBI.

The multi-position player also made the honor roll after his first win of the season, a 4-2 win over Missouri the opening weekend of the season, when the Tigers were ranked No. 12 in the nation.

BUCKEYES MAKE NATIONAL HONOR ROLL
Four different Ohio State players have been named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll, which recognizes the top national performances each week in college baseball. Dan DeLucia and Jake Hale were mentioned March 21 after getting the Buckeyes off to a strong start on the spring trip with solid pitching performances against UMass and Cornell. Eric Fryer gained mention last week (April 11) after leading the team vs. Illinois. Pitcher/first baseman/left fielder J.B. Shuck is the only Buckeye to have appeared more than once on the list, gaining mention Feb. 28 after he beat then-No. 12 Missouri in his first college start and again April 4 after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 15-1 victory vs. Iowa.

DELUCIA, HOWELL & STEPHEN ARE CAPTAINS
Junior left-handed pitcher Dan DeLucia, junior outfielder Jacob Howell and senior short stop Jedidiah Stephen will serve as tri-captains for the 2006 baseball team. DeLucia, a third-team All-Big Ten pick last season, led the Buckeyes with a 2.92 ERA, 95.2 innings pitched and 55 strikeouts to go with a 6-5 record in 15 starts. Howell was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2004 and made 31 starts in 39 games last season after missing 12 games because of a shoulder injury. Howell ended up batting .270 with 31 hits and 16 RBI in 2005 after batting .336 in 58 starts as a freshman. Stephen is one of three seniors on the squad. Stephen batted .305 last season with 52 hits, including 13 doubles, two triples and five home runs to go along with 46 RBI, the second best on the team.

In addition to their on-field exploits, all three captains have excelled in the classroom as well. DeLucia is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2005, while Howell is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Stephen has been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an OSU Scholar-Athlete each of the last two years.

OSU AMONG BEST ALL-TIME CWS TEAMS
Ohio State has been named one of the top College World Series teams of all-time in a story that appeared in the Omaha World-Herald last summer. Ohio State was listed No. 22 in the Top 25 rankings. The Buckeyes have made four appearances in the College World Series, winning the national championship in 1966 after a runner-up finish in 1965. Southern California was ranked as the top CWS team of all time.

As for Ohio State, the World-Herald said, “(Steve) Arlin was selected as one of the two pitchers on the CWS’ 50-year anniversary team for his work in the 1965 and 1966 tournaments. Arlin still holds the CWS career record for ERA (0.96), and his four victories and 47 innings pitched are tied for the all-time lead. In leading the Buckeyes to the 1966 title, Arlin finished all five of their wins – two on complete games. His most memorable performance might have come the year before, when he pitched a 15-inning, 1-0 victory over Washington State after lasting just one-third of an inning in his first CWS start against Arizona State.”

The 1966 national championship is the last won by a team in the Big Ten.

BUCKEYES HAVE 15 TRUE FRESHMEN
Ohio State welcomed 15 true freshmen to the roster this season. Six players are pitchers: Taylor Barnes, Josh Barrera, Eric Best, Jake Hale, Brad Hays and Jake Weber; three are catchers: Shawn Forsythe, Justin Miller and Nick Steponovich; four are infielders: Matt Curran, Seth Sanders, J.B. Shuck (also a pitcher) and Ben Toussant; and two are outfielders: Chris Griffin and Zach Hurley.

Add to that a group of three red-shirt freshmen – pitcher Matthew Selhorst, catcher Josh Hula and infielder Michael Arp – and the Buckeyes have 18 players who have not played college baseball before this season. Ohio State is believed to be among the national leaders in number of freshmen on 2006 rosters. Arkansas and Auburn also have 15 true freshmen on their rosters.

But as many new faces on the Ohio State roster, the total is not as high as it was in 1993 when Todd welcomed 19 true freshmen and another four redshirt freshmen for a total of 23 freshmen. The Buckeyes went 44-19 overall and 19-9 to finish atop the Big Ten regular season standings.

10TH SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
This year marks the 10th season of Ohio State baseball at Bill Davis Stadium. One of the best college baseball stadiums has been quite an advantage for the Buckeyes, who have a 171-67 (.718) overall record there. The venue has played host to two Big Ten tournament championships (1999 and 2001), two regional championships (1999 and 2001) and two super regional championships (1999 and 2003).

BUCKEYES LEAD BIG TEN IN ATTENDANCE
Ohio State baseball led the Big Ten in attendance in 2005 by welcoming an average of 2,570 in 18 home dates at Bill Davis Stadium, NCAA attendance figures released last November revealed.

The Buckeyes welcomed a total of 46,266 fans to Columbus last season which was the 36th best overall figure in the NCAA. The 2,570 average ranked 23rd among NCAA institutions.

No other Big Ten team ranked in the Top 50 either in total or average attendance. Notre Dame averaged 1,991 fans to rank 28th and drew a total of 43,798 fans for the season to rank 38th. No school in the Mid-American Conference or other Ohio school cracked the Top 50. LSU led in both categories, drawing a total of 270,300 fans over 36 dates for an average of 7,508. The Buckeyes’ drew a season-high crowd of 5,128 for the doubleheader against Minnesota the final series of the regular season. That weekend, Ohio State drew 10,876 fans over three dates, outdistancing previous weekends of 7,782 vs. Indiana, 7,370 vs. Purdue and 6,839 vs. Michigan State.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL ON WMNI-AM IN 2006
Ohio State baseball games will be broadcast this season on WMNI Radio (920 AM), Gene Smith, Ohio State athletics director, announced March 9. The station will carry a minimum of 27 regular-season games and any postseason games the team could play in 2006, including the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

Games one, three and four of six Big Ten series – Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota and Penn State – as well as two games of the series at Indiana and Michigan State will be available on WMNI. The station also will carry five home midweek evening games against Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan, Oakland, Eastern Michigan and Pittsburgh.

The WMNI broadcast schedule begins Friday, March 31 at 7:05 p.m. when the team opens a four-game series at Iowa, and continues through the regular season, which ends Sunday, May 21 against Penn State. Any postseason games the team would qualify for also would be carried by the station.

WMNI has a long-standing history of sports coverage since it went on the air in 1958 and that has included Ohio State basketball, football, men’s hockey and now baseball.

In addition, the complete WMNI broadcast inventory of OSU baseball games also will be available on the Internet at the official web site of the Ohio State athletics, ohiostatebuckeys.com.

ALL-ACCESS PASS THE KEY TO ONLINE AUDIO, VIDEO COVERAGE
The official web site of Ohio State athletics, ohiostatebuckeyes.com, in conjunction with College Sports Television, is offering subscription coverage for streaming audio and video of select Buckeye baseball games this spring.

For $6.95 per month, fans can receive streaming audio for a minimum of 27 regular-season baseball games that will be carried on the radio in the Columbus market at AM 920 WMNI. The station also is committed to all of Ohio State’s postseason games and those, too, would be available to subscribers of the CSTV All-Access pass. All Ohio State programming is included in the monthly subscription price, not just baseball coverage.

Included in the CSTV All-Access package is streaming video for nine Ohio State home games.

Available Games in Streaming Video

March 29 Wed. Toledo 2 p.m.
April 5 Wed. Miami (Ohio) 6:35 p.m.
April 9 Sun. Illinois 1:05 p.m.
April 26 Wed. Cleveland State Noon
April 28 Fri. Purdue 6:35 p.m.
April 30 Sun. Purdue 1:05 p.m.
May 12 Fri. Minnesota 6:35 p.m.
May 14 Sun. Minnesota 1:05 p.m.
May 19 Fri. Penn State 6:35 p.m.
May 21 Sun. Penn State 1:05 p.m.

Bob Todd RADIO SHOW
The Bob Todd weekly radio show, hosted by Skip Mosic on WBNS Radio 1460 The Fan, will run each week for 10 weeks with the final program broadcast on Monday, May 22. The nights of the show vary this year because of station conflicts with either Columbus Blue Jackets or Cleveland Indians broadcasts. Six shows will be broadcast on Monday with two shows each on Tuesday and Thursday. Each of the remaining 30-minute shows will begin at 7 p.m. To participate, dial (614) 821-1460.

Bob Todd Radio Show Remaining Schedule
Monday, April 24 @ 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 11 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 18 @ 7 p.m.
Monday, May 22 @ 7 p.m.

UP NEXT FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State heads to Bloomington, Ind., this weekend for a four-game Big Ten series at Indiana. The series begins Friday at 3:05 p.m., EDT and continues Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. The series concludes Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Games three and four of the series will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and on ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The next home game for the Buckeyes is next Wednesday when they welcome Cleveland State to Bill Davis Stadium at noon for Columbus Public Schools Day.