May 7, 2004
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(25-17; 13-7 Big Ten)
(24-18; 13-7 Big Ten)
May 8-10, 2004
Bill Davis Stadium
Sat., May 8 1:05 p.m.
Sun., May 9 1:05 p.m. (DH)
Mon., May 10 6:35 p.m.
OHIO STATE leads 37-19
last game: OHIO STATE 13-3, May 24, 2003
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No. Name 2004 Stats G1 23 Josh Newman 6-4, 4.29 ERA, 74K, 71.1 IP G2 3 Scott Lewis 0-0, 6.48 ERA, 12K, 8.1 IP G3 39 Trent Luyster 4-3, 3.25 ERA, 65K, 74.2 IP G4 6 Mike Madsen 6-3, 4.52 ERA, 42K, 63.2 IP
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Every weekend the stakes are high and this weekend is no different as OHIO STATE and Penn State will square off at Bill Davis Stadium in a battle of first-place teams. The winner of the four-game series, which begins Saturday and concludes Monday, will have the easier path to winning the Big Ten regular season championship and the right to host this season’s conference tournament May 26-30.
OHIO STATE and Penn State, along with Minnesota, are tied with 13-7 records after the first five weeks of the season. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were tied for third place heading into last week, but each team made sure this weekend would highlight the Big Ten schedule by sweeping its respective opponent on the road. OHIO STATE won the four-game set at Indiana and Penn State got by Illinois in Champaign. OHIO STATE closes the regular season at Minnesota after playing host to Northwestern next weekend.
The Buckeyes have not won the regular season league championship since 2001, but have claimed the last two tournament championships. Penn State’s only regular season championship in the Big Ten is 1996. The series takes on a different format this weekend after a week of Penn State final exams. The teams will play a single game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and then play a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Sunday before concluding at 6:35 p.m. Monday.
ABOUT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes cruised past Detroit, 9-4, for its sixth victory in a row, going back to the 8-1 win against Bowling Green April 28. With two triumphs in midweek games and the four-game sweep at Indiana last weekend, OHIO STATE has won 11 of its last 14 games and are getting hot at the right time of the year. Caravati is tearing it up for OHIO STATE and named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after batting .579 with twohome runs and 11 RBI to lead the team in five games. He has at least one hit in 21 of his last 22 games, including the last eight. In the last 22 games, Caravati is batting .435 with six home runs and 26 RBI and has led OHIO STATE to a 15-7 record.
Caravati is batting .368 to lead OHIO STATE and also paces the team with nine home runs, 37 RBI, a .601 slugging percentage and a .422 on-base percentage. He is second on the team with 60 hits, trailing leader Drew Anderson by one. Anderson is second on the team with a .347 average, but leads with 15 doubles and three triples. The Buckeyes hit .386 at Indiana to raise their collective batting average to .308, the highest mark of the season. The average ranks third in the Big Ten.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Carroll picked up twoof the Buckeyes’ five wins last week. He beat Bowling Green last Wednesday and then turned around to beat Indiana in the series finale Sunday. He pitched 11.0 scoreless innings, allowing only six hits. Josh Newman won the 30th game of his career and his sixth game of the season in game one, while Trent Luyster improved to 4-3 with his fourth straight victory in game two. Mike Madsen picked up his sixth victory in game three. The six wins by Newman and Madsen lead the Big Ten. The Buckeyes rank third in the Big Ten with a 4.48 ERA. OHIO STATE is unsure of its pitching rotation this weekend and will depend on whether Scott Lewis will return to the hill after missing the last twoweeekends. If Lewis, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, returns, it is expected he would pitch the second game of the series, meaning the rotation would be Newman, Lewis, Madsen and Luyster. If he cannot go, the Buckeyes will go with the rotation they threw at Indiana: Newman, Luyster, Madsen and Carroll.
ABOUT THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State comes to Columbus on a four-game win streak after claiming all four contests last weekend at Illinois. The Nittany Lions won by 8-1, 3-1, 2-1 and 4-0 scores and then took the week off for final exams. Penn State has won six of its last seven games.
Scott Gummois the top batter for the Nittany Lions with his .321 batting average. He has 42 hits, eight doubles, six home runs and has batted in 23 runs. Mike Milliron is second on the team with a .320 batting average and paces the team with 48 hits. Clint Eury has batted in a team-best 25 runs and leads the team with 11 doubles. Matt Harter has seven home runs to lead the team in its 24-home run season. As a team, Penn State is batting .257, which ranks ninth in the Big Ten. Instead, the Nittany Lions are getting it done on the mound, ranking second in the conference with its 4.46 team ERA, and on defense, leading the Big Ten with a .975 fielding percentage. Eury, the PSU first baseman, also is a relief pitcher and leads the team with a 1.76 ERA. He is 2-0 with five saves. The Nittany Lions are expected to go with the same starting lineup which got them the sweep last week against Illinois. Jim Farrell will get the ball in game one. He is 3-7 with a 5.34 ERA. Sean Stidfole will pitch the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. He is 4-3 with a 3.66 ERA and leads the team with 63 strikeouts. Aaron Tressler, who is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA an 42 strikeouts, goes in game three, while Clayton Hamilton will close out the series Monday. He is 4-3 with a 5.19 ERA and 44 strikeouts. Penn State is coached by Joe Hindelang, who is 603-544-3 in his 27th season as a college coach. He is 385-344-2 in his 14th season with the Nittany Lions.
AGAINST PENN STATE
OHIO STATE leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 37-19 and is 11-7 since the 2000 season. Last season, the teams split a series in State College, before the Buckeyes claimed a 13-3 victory in the Big Ten tournament on their way to a second straight and sixth overall tournament championship. The Buckeyes took 3-of-4 in the 2000 and 2002 seasons, but the teams split in 2001 with Penn State handing the Buckeyes a 4-3 second-round loss in the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus.
The series goes back to 1958 when the OHIO STATE took two of three games against the Nittany Lions. The next year in State College, Penn State returned the favor winning the final twogames of a three-game series. The teams also met at a neutral site near the start of the 1970 season with the Buckeyes claiming a 1-0 decision. Since Penn State came into the Big Ten in 1992, OHIO STATE has twofour-game sweeps and one three-game sweep with five other 3-1 series victories. The teams have split three times with the Nittany Lions winning their lone series in 1996. Penn State has never swept the Buckeyes. OSU head coach Bob Todd is 33-16 all-time against Penn State.
Four-Game Series History Since 1992
OHIO STATE 4-0 1999, 1993
OHIO STATE 3-0 1994
OHIO STATE 3-1 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1992
Split 2-2 2003, 2001, 1995
Penn State 3-1 1996
Penn State 4-0 None
Series History Since 2000 (OSU leads 11-7)
May 6, 2000 OHIO STATE 8, at Penn State 5
May 7, 2000 OHIO STATE 9, at Penn State 3
May 7, 2000 at Penn State 4, OHIO STATE 1
May 8, 2000 OHIO STATE 9, at Penn State 8
Arpil 20, 2001 Penn State 8, at OHIO STATE 3
April 21, 2001 Penn State 9, at OHIO STATE 4
April 21, 2001 at OHIO STATE 16, Penn State 6
April 22, 2001 at OHIO STATE 6, Penn State 4
May 17, 2001 Penn State 4, at OHIO STATE 3*
April 5, 2002 Penn State 14, at OHIO STATE 2
April 6, 2002 at OHIO STATE 7, Penn State 6
April 6, 2002 at OHIO STATE 10, Penn State 0
April 7, 2002 at OHIO STATE 11, Penn State 0
April 4, 2003 OHIO STATE 4, at Penn State 3
April 5, 2003 at Penn State 2, OHIO STATE 1
April 5, 2003 OHIO STATE 7, at Penn State 5
April 6, 2003 at Penn State 10, OHIO STATE 2
May 24, 2003 OHIO STATE 13, Penn State 3**
* Big Ten Tournament, Columbus, Ohio
** Big Ten Tournament, Minneapolis, Minn.
OSU AND PSU SPLIT IN 2003 OHIO STATE took wins in two of the first three games to go for a series win in the finale, but the Buckeyes lost game four to split the regular season with Penn State in 2003.
Christian Snavely provided the tying run in the top of the ninth inning and a winning triple in the top of the 10th as the Buckeyes overcame seven errors to hand Penn State a 4-3 loss in its home opener April 4. Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth inning, Snavely delivered with a lead-off home run. In the 10th inning, Snavely got his ninth triple of his career to score Derek Kinnear and give the Buckeyes the win. Mike Madsen picked up the win in relief to move to 2-1 on the year. Madsen came on to relieve starter Scott Lewis in the eighth inning trailing 3-1. Madsen pitched 2.0 innings and allowed just one hit while Lewis went 7.0 innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks. He gave up three runs on seven hits.
Penn State capitalized on two OHIO STATE errors, one more costly than the other, to hand the Buckeyes a 2-1 defeat in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Beaver Field. Willie Melendez and Mike Milliron got hits to start the bottom of the fourth inning and scored on an error by Snavely, and a single by Derrick Barr. Those runs would be all the Nittany Lions would need to counter OHIO STATE’s only run, which was scored in the second inning. Mike Rabin went 3-for-4 in the game to lead OHIO STATE. Drew Anderson finished 2-for-3.
Steve Caravati knocked in three on a pair of doubles and scored once to help lead OHIO STATE to a 7-5 win over Penn State in game three. Wes Schirtzinger and Kinnear joined Caravati in going 2-for-4. Kinnear delivered an RBI and scored twice. Kyle Brown got the win for the Buckeyes.
Penn State sprinted out to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings before handing the Buckeyes a 10-2 loss in the series finale. Penn State used five hits and twoOHIO STATE errors to jump out to an early 5-0 lead. A home run by Wes Reohr scored twoin the bottom of the third. OHIO STATE finally got on the board in the fifth inning thanks to back-to-back doubles by Brett Garrard and Schirtzinger.
BUCKS DOWN LIONS IN TOURNEY Steve Caravati launched twothree-run home runs and Christian Snavely added another as OHIO STATE hit four home runs in beating Penn State 13-3 in an elimination game Saturday night at Siebert Field. The Buckeyes scored three times in the third, four times in the fourth and five times in the fifth before adding a run in the eighth. Caravati gave the Buckeyes the early 3-0 lead with his second home run of the season. Caravati added his second three-run home run of the game in the fourth inning The two-out blast gave the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead as Brett Garrard led off the inning with his fifth home run of the year. OHIO STATE put up a five-spot to take a 12-2 lead. The Buckeyes benefited from another three-run home run, this time a shot over the fence in right field by Snavely. Caravati finished the game 2-for-4 with six RBI and scored twice with the twothree-run home runs. Snavely finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and scored three times. Madsen kept Penn State to just three runs on five hits.
TODD NEARING VICTORY NO. 800 The next win by OHIO STATE head coach Bob Todd will be the 800th victory of his career. Todd is 799-418-2 (.656) in his 21st season as a college head coach. He was 124-82 (.602) in four seasons at Kent State and is 675-336-2 (.667) at OHIO STATE.
Todd won the 700th game of his career March 17, 2002 against Detroit. Todd, who is the winningest coach in school history, entered the season with the 27th most wins among active coaches in the NCAA. Earlier this season, Todd became only the second coach in the history of the Big Ten to win 300 league games.
MILESTONE CAREER WINS 1 March 23, 1984 vs. Mercer (18-4) 100 March 25, 1987 vs. UNC-Wilm. (12-10) 200 April 1, 1990 vs. Wisconsin (7-4) 300 April 22, 1992 vs. Ohio(16-2) 400 May 14, 1994 vs. Purdue (8-7) 500 March 30, 1997 at Michigan St. (4-0) 600 May 5, 1999 vs. Oakland (11-9) 700 March 17, 2002 vs. Detroit (7-2) 800 ???
MILESTONE OHIO STATE WINS 1 Feb. 27, 1988 vs. Louisville (16-2) 100 Feb. 22, 1991 vs. Dartmouth (14-7) 200 March 28, 1993 vs. Cleveland St. (9-5) 300 April 13, 1995 at Wright State (16-6) 400 May 16, 1997 at Michigan (9-2) *479 May 7, 1999 vs. Michigan St. (34-4) 500 March 22, 2000 vs. Florida Int’l (2-0) 600 May 19, 2002 vs. Minnesota (9-2) *became the winningest coach in OHIO STATE history.
MILESTONE BIG TEN WINS 1 April 3, 1988 vs. Illinois (14-6) 100 May 1, 1993 vs. Michigan (3-2) 200 May 10, 1998 vs. Michigan State (5-4) 300 April 2, 2004 vs. Illinois (5-1)
Only victories recognized by the NCAA calculated in determining milestone wins. OHIO STATE defeated Windsor 12-5 on April 9, 1991. The NCAA does not count victories against teams outside the United States and treats that game as an exhibition, thus not counting towards Bob Todd’s overall career record.
BUCKEYES WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT OHIO STATE stormed out to a 9-0 lead before giving up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to get by Detroit 9-4 Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes struck first, crossing twobatters in the bottom of the third inning on a single by designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh. Jacob Howell delivered a one-out single through the right side before Detroit starter Tim Polley walked Steve Caravati to put runners at the corners for Caughenbaugh, who delivered his fifth double of the season and 12th and 13th RBI.
After adding a single run in the fourth, OHIO STATE plated three more runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Jedidiah Stephen led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to second on Polley’s first wild pitch of the season. Stephen got to third when a fly ball off the bat of Caughenbaugh went off the glove of Titan leftfielder Todd Kalmbach. The fast-moving Buckeye DH was able to reach second. Polley then walked Brett Garrard to end his day. The Titans went with reliever Bob Lothian, who gave up a sacrifice fly by Paul Farinacci that scored Stephen before getting a ground out for the second out of the inning. Kelly Houser followed with a single to score both Caughenbaugh and Garrard. Three more Buckeyes scored in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 9-0 and put the pitching staff in a position for its second straight shutout. Jesse Paciorek, the fourth OHIO STATE pitcher in the game, gave up twostraight singles, hit the third and then walked the next twobatters for the first tworuns of the inning. Trent Luyster came in to get the Buckeyes out of the game with any further damage. He struck out his first twobatters before a double by Moehlig score twomore runs. Luyster ended the game with a strikeout.
Dan DeLucia picked up his second win as a Buckeye after going four innings in the abbreviated start. He did not allow a run and gave up only twohits. Brett Hatcher pitched three innings and Trey Fausnaugh added an inning before the Titans got to the Buckeye bullpen. The Buckeye starting nine each had hits and was aided with a pinch hit by Zoeller to account for the 10-hit attack. Caughenbaugh and Houser each delivered twoRBI.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS OHIO STATE improved to 5-1 in Wednesday night home games after a 9-4 victory against Detroit last Wednesday. After losing the first home midweek date to Eastern Michigan 2-1, the Buckeyes have rattled off five straight victories, downing Oakland 14-4, Dayton 4-1, Wright State 13-4 and Bowling Green 8-1 to go with the five-run win over the Titans this past Wednesday.
Led by Steve Caravati’s .500 (11-for-22) batting average, the team is batting .357 in the six games, which is up substantially from the .308 average in all 42 games this season. Among players who have started at least five of the six games, six Buckeyes are batting .300 or better. Joining Caravati on that list are Drew Anderson (.480), Mike Rabin (.391), Brett Garrard (.350), Paul Farinacci (.313) and Jacob Howell (.308). The team also has a 2.50 ERA. Four different pitchers have accounted for the wins. Jesse Paciorek was the pitcher of record against Oakland and Brett Hatcher picked up the win against Dayton, while Jeffrey Carroll, who has made three starts in Wednesday night home games, getting the wins against Wright State and Bowling Green. Dan DeLucia got the win against Detroit. OHIO STATE has out-scored opponents 49-16 and has out hit them 76-40 in Bill Davis Stadium midweek affairs.
CARAVATI’S 3-RUN HOME RUN PROPELS OSU PAST HOOSIERS 11-6 OHIO STATE junior outfielder Steve Caravati belted a three-run home run to break a 6-6 tie in the sixth inning and then the Buckeyes scored twice more in the ninth inning to get past Indiana 11-6 to claim the first game of a four-game series between the schools.
Caravati cleared the fence in right-center field above the 370 sign and extended his team lead in home runs tonine, but more importantly gave the Buckeyes the lead for good. Derek Kinnear and Drew Anderson also scored on the play. Kinnear led off the inning with a single to left-center field and Anderson followed with a single through the left side before getting bunted up with a sacrifice by Jacob Howell, his fifth of the season. The Buckeyes plated twohuge insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Farinacci finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Caravati was 2-for-3 with three RBI to pace the Buckeyes, which out-hit the Hoosiers 15-10 in the game to overcome three errors.
BUCKEYES HOMER 3 TIMES IN THIRD TO CRUISE TO GAME 2 VICTORY
OHIO STATE overcame a second-inning home run by Indiana rightfielder Joe Kemp to score six runs in the top of the third inning, including back-to-back home runs by Derek Kinnear and Drew Anderson, and then added three more in the fifth inning to defeat Indiana 9-3 May 1.
Kemp gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a shot over the fence in left-center field. But, Kinnear led off the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season. The shot to straight away center field tied the game 1-1 before Anderson followed with his fourth home run of the year to give the Buckeyes the a one-run lead. It was the second time this season OHIO STATE had gone back-to-back. Steve Caravati and Jedidiah Stephen were the first, doing soin game one of the Michigan State series April 16.
Jacob Howell ran out a bunt single down the third-base line and then moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a single to right-center field by Caravati. Ronnie Bourquin hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, to build a 5-1 lead. The Buckeyes added another run, getting Paul Farinacci in from second after he doubled on a base hit by Kinnear to take a 6-1 lead.
The five-run lead only seemed to strengthen OSU starter Trent Luyster. After walking the lead-off batter of the third inning, he recorded his fourth strikeout of the game and then got a fly out and a foul out to get out of the inning. In the fourth, he struck out the first twobatters before allowing the third Hoosier hit of the game. He then caught Josh Richardson looking at strike three for his seventh strikeout of the game.
Then the rain came. The teams headed to their respective dugouts where they sat for 55 minutes, until play resumed. The rain delay did not have any negative affect on the Buckeye offense as it added three runs in the sixth inning. Luyster pitched his third complete game of the season to get the win and improve to 4-3. He allowed three runs on five hits. He had limited the Hoosiers to three hits through the first six innings. Six Buckeyes had twohits as OHIO STATE out-hit the Hoosiers 15-5. Anderson, Caravati, Bourquin and Kinnear batted in tworuns apiece.
OSU EYES SWEEP AFTER GAME 3 WIN OHIO STATE outfielder Steve Caravati went 2-for-4 and batted in tworuns and Mike Madsen pitched his second complete game of the season as the Buckeyes beat Indiana 8-3 in game three.
The Buckeyes wasted little time jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Drew Anderson swung at the first pitch and sent it intoleft-center field for a double. Mike Rabin attempted to bunt him over on a sacrifice down to first base, but the flip from first baseman Joe Kemp to second baseman Jay Brant got past, allowing Anderson to score from second to give OHIO STATE a 1-0 lead. A double by Steve Caravati plated Rabin and the third double of the inning, this time by Jedidiah Stephen, put runners at second and third. Caravati scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Garrard to give the Buckeyes a three-run lead.
Indiana scored one run in the third, but four Buckeye runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning to build a 7-1 lead. Paul Farinacci batted in his fifth run of the weekend and the eighth run of the game, scoring Stephen in the top of the seventh inning. Indiana countered with tworuns off a two-run home run by Donley to right-center field in the bottom of the inning.
Madsen went the distance, allowing the three Hoosier runs on five hits in the seven-inning start. It was his second complete game of the season, also going the distance in a 19-2 Buckeye victory at Michigan State. Anderson, Stephen and Kinnear joined Caravati with twohits each, though the twoother RBI came from Garrard and Farinacci.
SWEEP COMPLETE WITH SHUTOUT Jeffrey Carroll and Trey Fausnaugh combined for an eight-hit shut out and the Buckeyes belted out 13 hits to beat Indiana 8-0 in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday to gain its first Big Ten series sweep of the season. The win also was the team’s fifth in a row, which is a season long, and the team’s first shutout of the season.
The Buckeyes plated one run in three of the first four innings, before scoring three times in the fifth as OHIO STATE took a commanding 6-0 lead. Caravati led off the inning with an infield single to short and then moved to second on a ground out by Stephen. Bourquin walked before an error on third baseman Corby Heckman loaded the bases for Farinacci. Farinacci then sent a ground ball to shortstop Seth Bynum who’s errant throw trying to catch Garrard at second allowed Caravati and Bourquin to score. Garrard moved to third on the error before scoring on a wild pitch, giving the Buckeyes a six-run lead. OHIO STATE scored twomore runs, adding single tallies in the seventh and eighth innings.
Caravati was 3-for-4 to lead OHIO STATE, while Bourquin was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Carroll picked up his first win in the Big Ten and improved to 3-2 on the season. He pitched 6.0 innings without a run on five hits. Fausnaugh picked up his fourth save of the season.
CARAVATI NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN
OHIO STATE junior leftfielder Steve Caravati has been named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a four-game road sweep at Indiana to move intoa first-place tie in the Big Ten standings, the league office announced Monday. Caravati batted .563 (9-for-16) with seven runs batted in and six runs scored against the Hoosiers. For the week, the junior outfielder batted .579 (11-for-19), while racking up 11 RBI, seven runs, twohome runs, an on-base percentage of .636 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Caravati, who boasted at least twohits in all five games, opened with four RBI and a long ball in a midweek win over Bowling Green. He added another homer, three RBI and tworuns scored in the opener against the Hoosiers. The Dover, Ohio, native ranks among the Top 5 in league-only games in batting average (fifth at .392), RBI (third with 20) and runs scored (tie-third with 20). He also was honored April 19 as the conference player of the week.
BROOM FOR SPRING CLEANING
The sweep at Indiana was the first for OHIO STATE since beating Purdue four times last season in West Lafayette, Ind. It was the first time Indiana had been swept at home since the 1986 season. Last season, the Buckeyes had three sweeps, taking four games from Iowa (April 11-13) and Michigan State (May 9-11) at home sandwiching a sweep on the road at Purdue (April 26-27). Since the Big Ten began playing four-game series in 1981, the Buckeyes 31 four-game sweeps against conference competition and one three-game sweep.
CARROLL WINS TWICE LAST WEEK
Jeffrey Carroll won both of his starts last week, picking up the win against Bowling Green Wednesday night before winning his first Big Ten game in the series finale at Indiana. In 11.0 innings, the freshman from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, allowed six hits while keeping opponents off the scoreboard. He had four strikeouts and one walk and held opposing batters to a .154 batting average. Improved to 3-2 on the season with the twovictories and now has an ERA of 2.86.
FINALLY, A SHUTOUT
Jeffrey Carroll and Trey Fausnaugh combined to throw an eight-hit shutout in the series finale at Indiana Sunday. It was the first shut out of the season for the Buckeyes, which set a school record with nine shutouts a season ago.
KINNEAR FINDING STRIDE
Senior catcher Derek Kinnear is finding his stride after struggling in the team’s first 23 games when he managed only a .197 batting average. Since April 10 in the second game of the Purdue series, the co-captain from Kenton, Ohio, has raised his batting average 81 points. During his 15 games since that time, Kinnear is 16-for-39 (.410) to improve his season average to .278. He has a current four-game hit streak in which he is batting .461 with three RBI. He hit his first home run of the season in the second game of the Indiana series.
FARINACCI RIDES HIT STREAK
First baseman Paul Farinacci is enjoying a season-long seven game hit streak. The junior from Westlake Village, Calif., is batting .462 (12-for-26) during the streak, which featured his first three-hit game of the season in the opener at Indiana last Friday. He hit his first home run of the season in that game and knocked in three runs with the shot to straightaway center field in the third inning to give the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. Farinacci, whose career-long hit streak is 12 games, added another RBI with a single in the ninth and tied his career high in RBI with four. The longest active hit streak on the team belongs to Steve Caravati, who has a hit in his last eight games. Jedidiah Stephen also owns a seven-game hit streak. Caravati’s 13-game hit streak was the longest of the season.
LUYSTER MOST CONSISTENT HURLER
Nopitcher on the Buckeye roster has been as consistent of late as left-handed pitcher Trent Luyster. The junior from Flushing, Ohio, has a win or a save in seven of his last 10 appearances and has not lost since March 31 against Eastern Michigan.
He beat Illinois in game the third game of the series for his first win of the year and then picked up a pair of saves at Purdue (games one and three) before making a six-inning relief appearance in the 16-inning finale. He did not factor intothe decision in that game or his next appearance in the first game at Michigan State. Luyster then rattled off three straight wins, beating Michigan State in the finale and then got game-twowins against Michigan and Indiana. Luyster has struck out 21 (and allowed only seven walks) in his last three outings, which included an inning of work Wednesday in the win over Detroit. He tied a season high with nine strikeouts against the Hoosiers in the 9-3 win in game two. He leads the Buckeyes with a 3.25 ERA and with 74.2 innings pitched.
Steve Caravati leads the Buckeyes in batting average in allgames (.368) and in the Big Ten (.392). OHIO STATE is batting .308in all games and .325 in conference games. Drew Anderson is batting.397 in home games to lead the team. In all games away from home(either away or neutral), Jedidiah Stephen paces the team with a.371 batting average. The team is batting .322 at home compared to.302 at away and neutral sites. In the 25 victories, Steve Caravatiis the top Buckeye with a .439 batting average. Brett Garrard isbatting .420 and Drew Anderson is batting .390 when OHIO STATE isvictorious. As a team, the Buckeyes hit .363 when they aretriumphant, compared to .226 in the 17 losses. The team has batted.357 in the five Wednesday night home games and is led by SteveCaravati’s .500 batting average. Steve Caravati is the top Buckeyein the team’s last 10 games. He has a .441 batting average. PaulFarinacci is batting .433, while Drew Anderson is .359 during thatstretch. Drew Anderson is the team leader with 23 multiple-hitgames, including 18 games with twohits, four games with three hitsand one game with four hits. Steve Caravati leads the team with 12multiple-RBI games. He has had nine games with twoRBI, twothree-RBIgames and one four-RBI game. The team is batting .325 againstleft-handed pitchers compared to a .302 average againstright-handed pitchers. Buckeye pinch hitters have a .326 averageand are led by Cody Caughenbaugh, who is batting .357 in apinch-hit role. Kelly Houser, with only three pinch-hit at bats is2-for-3. OHIO STATE has a .323 average with runners in scoringposition. With runners on third, with at least twoout, OHIO STATEis batting .544. The team has 102 two-out RBI, compared to only 66by opponents. Steve Caravati’s nine home runs is a season high andhis 21 in his career are tied for 21st most in school annals. SteveCaravati’s current .343 career batting average is tied for 18thbest in school history. With 122 career RBI, he is within three ofcracking the school’s career Top 25 list. Brett Garrard needs nineRBI to reach 100 for his career. The 142 runs he has scored in hiscareer are tied for 17th all-time at OHIO STATE. Drew Anderson’s200 career hits is tied for 16th most in school history, while his42 doubles is tied for 12th most by a Buckeye. Three OHIO STATEplayers rank among the Top 26 in all-time at bats: Drew Anderson istied for 14th with 641; Brett Garrard is tied for 18th with 626 andMike Rabin is 26th with 560. Mike Madsen needs four more strikeoutsand 2.0 innings to surpass his totals from 2003. He has 42strikeouts this season and has pitched 63.2 innings. Madsen’s 14-5career record ranks 14th all-time in win percentage (.737). JoshNewman’s 74 strikeouts this season is four more than he had in eachof the last twoseasons.
NEWMAN CLIMBING STRIKEOUT LIST
Josh Newman struck out four batters at Indiana last Friday to increase his career strikeout total to 265, which is good enough for fourth place on the school’s all-time strikeout list. He trails the 281 strikeouts by Bill Cunningham (1982-85) by 16. Newman recorded a career high 14 strikeouts against Illinois, April 2, bettering his all-time best off 11 against Michigan in 2001. Newman had a stretch three games in which he struck out a total of 33 batters earlier this season.
Scott Lewis, who returned to action April 11 following a 10-month, 25-day layoff after he tore his ulnar collateral ligament at Minnesota the final weekend of the 2003 regular season, returned to strikeout six batters in a five-inning start at Purdue and another six at Michigan State. Lewis had Tommy John surgery on May 29, 2003. Lewis is 12th on the school’s all-time strikeout list with 230.
NEWMAN TIED FOR THIRD IN WINS
Josh Newman picked up his 30th career victory last Friday night in an 11-6 victory at Indiana The figure is tied for the third most in the history of the program. The senior from Wheelersburg, Ohio, who was drafted in the 31st round of the 2003 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, needs four more wins to tie E.J. Laratta (1999-2002) for second. Newman, who is 6-4 this season, won eight games each of his first three seasons and is 3-3 in 2004. The school record for career victories is 36 by Justin Fry (1995-99).
Newman’s 337.0 career innings ranks fourth all-time. He now needs 7.1 innings to move past Perini, who is third with 344.0 career innings and 43.0 innings to move past E.J. Laratta (1999-2002), who is second with 379.2 career innings.
ANDERSON THIRD IN STEALS
Drew Anderson increased his career stolen base tally to 53 with a pair of steals last weekend at Indiana. The twosteals in Bloomington pulled him within 10 of Mike Check (1998-2001), who is in second place with 63. Anderson is a perfect 16-for-16 this season. He was 20-for-25 as a freshman and was 17-for-19 last season. The school record is 73 set by Roy Marsh (1992-94).
ANDERSON A TRIPLE THREAT
OHIO STATE second baseman Drew Anderson tripled three times in a span of five games (games 14-18) to move into a second-place tie on the school’s all-time triples list. The figure is within one of the record set by Jason Driscoll (1997-2000).
ON THE RADIO
NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) will again serve as the broadcast home for OHIO STATE baseball and will broadcast a total of 40 regular-season games, plus all postseason contests. Joining veteran broadcaster Frank Fraas will be newcomers Neil Sika and Paul Barnes.
ALL HOME GAMES TO FEATURE CSTV GAMETRACKER
The official athletics web site for OHIO STATE will offer Gametracker, live scoring Internet software, for all home games this season. Access live stats at: www.OHIOSTATEbuckeyes.com
The Buckeyes continue the 11-game homestand Wednesday with the next-to-last midweek game against Akron. The game gets underway at 6:35 p.m. and is the last Buck-A-Burger Night of the season. OHIO STATE closes home Big Ten play next weekend against Northwestern.