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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
24-12, 9-7 Big Ten
vs.
CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS
10-22, 7-1 Horizon

April 26, 2006 o Noon
Bill Davis Stadium (Capacity: 4,450)
Columbus, Ohio

Series History: Ohio State leads 32-6

PROBABLE OSU PITCHER
Josh Barrera (LHP) or Dan Barker (RHP)

RADIO
None

OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES.COM
GameTracker and Streaming Video

Ohio State returns to Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday when it will play host to Cleveland State in a noon matinee for Columbus Public School Day. More than 3,500 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools will attend the game as part of CPS Day at Ohio State which begins at 10 a.m. with a pep rally at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Buckeyes improved to 24-12 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten after beat Indiana in three of four games this past weekend in Bloomington. Cleveland State is 7-26 overall and 6-12 in the Horizon League after dropping two of three home games to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Beginning Wednesday, the Buckeyes will play 15 of their last 19 regular-season games at Bill Davis Stadium. That includes three of the last four Big Ten series against Purdue, Minnesota and Penn State. The four remaining road games will be at Michigan State, May 5-7 at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing, Mich.

There will not be a radio broadcast of the Cleveland State game, but ohiostatebuckeyes.com will offer GameTracker and streaming video of the game. CPS DAY AT OHIO STATE
More than 3,500 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools will visit The Ohio State University on Wednesday as part of a program to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education. The Ohio State University has joined Columbus Public Schools for “CPS Day,” which begins at 10 a.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Guests will include Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics, Dr. Gene Harris, Superintendent of Columbus Public Schools and Thad Matta, Ohio State Men’s Basketball Head Coach. Student athletes and Columbus Public School graduates Ron Lewis (Men’s Basketball), Star Allen (Women’s Basketball), Stefan Thomas (Men’s Track) and Ayrizanna Favours (Women’s Track) will also make guest appearances. The group will cross the parking lot in time for the opening pitch between Ohio State and Cleveland State.

ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State won its third conference series of the year by winning three of four games at Indiana this past weekend to improve to 24-12 overall and 9-7 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes have won series at Iowa and Indiana and at home against Illinois and are two games behind league-leading Northwestern and Michigan, which are both 11-5.

Last week, the Buckeyes beat Oakland 8-2 and then won three of four games at Indiana, winning game one 4-3, game three 11-4 and game four 8-6. The Hoosiers won the second game 5-3. Eric Fryer and Ronnie Bourquin both batted .500 in the five games last week. Fryer was 9-for-18 with two triples, a home run, four RBI and eight runs scored, while Bourquin was 8-for-16 with a double, a triple, two home runs, eight RBI and five runs scored. Ohio State batted .296 in the Indiana series and Bourquin led the team with a .462 batting average. He was 6-for-13 with a triple, two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored. Jacob Howell, who returned in game one after missing 10 games with a pulled hamstring, and Fryer both were 6-for-14 (.429). Howell had two RBI and scored twice, while Fryer had a triple, a home run, three RBI and six runs scored.

Both Dan DeLucia and J.B. Shuck won their sixth games of the season. DeLucia (6-2) beat Indiana Friday missing his third complete game of the season by one out. Rory Meister came in and picked up his fourth save of the season. Shuck (6-1) won the series finale and did not allow an earned run on eight hits. Jake Hale was the other winner this past weekend. He won the third game and allowed three runs on five hits in his six innings. The Buckeyes will go with either Dan Barker or Josh Barrera Wednesday vs. Cleveland State. Barker is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 24 innings, while Barrera is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 29.0 innings.

LAST WEEK: OSU 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 last Wednesday 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 CLEVELAND STATE
The Vikings took a 7-26 overall record into a Tuesday game vs. Kent State. Cleveland State slipped to 6-12 in the Horizon league after dropping two of three games to Wisconsin-Milwaukee at home this past weekend. Cleveland State won 6-4 in the opener but lost 16-0 and 11-6.

Steve Chinn leads the team with a .373 batting average. He has 47 hits (10 doubles, one triple, two home runs) and has driven in a team-high 19 RBI and has scored 16 runs. John Westra is batting .290 and Vasili Pahoulis is batting .283. The team is batting .263 as a team and is averaging four runs on nine hits per game. The pitching staff has an 8.20 ERA and opponents are batting .335. Opponents are scoring 9.2 runs on 11.7 hits per contest. Nathan Schaefer leads the team with 40 strikeouts. He is 1-4 with a 5.91 ERA in 45.2 innings. He and teammate, Stephen Procner each have made eight starts this season. Procner is 0-8 with a 7.83 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. A starter has not been named for the Wednesday game vs. Ohio State.

Jay Murphy (Oswego State, 1981) is 181-331 in his ninth season at Cleveland State. He is 297-464-1 in his 15th season as a college coach.

AGAINST THE VIKINGS
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Cleveland State 32-6, after winning 12-4 last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series. Cleveland State last won 7-2 in 2004. The series dates back to 1980. OSU coach Bob Todd is 20-2 against Cleveland State.

Last 10 Games (OSU leads 8-2)

Date W/L Score Site
4/26/1997 L 5-3 H
4/27/1997 W 23-6 H
5/6/1998 W 15-4 H
4/28/1999 W 12-8 H
5/9/2001 W 9-0 H
5/15/2002 W 14-0 H
5/6/2003 W 4-1 1N
5/14/2003 W 6-1 H
5/19/2004 L 7-2 H
5/4/2005 W 12-4 H

1-at Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

LAST YEAR VS. CLEVELAND STATE
Ohio State jumped out to an 8-0 lead and cruised to a 12-4 non-conference, mid-week victory over Cleveland State Wednesday in front of a season-high 3,930 fans as part of CPS Day at Ohio State. More than 3,000 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools attended the game.

Ohio State did not disappoint the young crowd as it jumped out to the early lead getting a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Buckeyes plated two more runs in the second inning and then scored four more runs in the third inning and another in the fourth to build its lead to 9-0.

While the offense was getting it done at the plate and on the base paths, the job of OSU starting pitcher Dan Barker was going unnoticed. He retired all 12 batters he faced to start the game, including a season-high six strikeouts. It was his first win as a Buckeye (1-0) in the four-inning designated short start.

Cleveland State finally got on the scoreboard with two runs in the fifth off reliever Jeffrey Carroll. The Vikings went in order in the sixth and seventh but got one run in each the eighth and ninth innings. Ohio State added three runs in the seventh. Ten different Buckeyes had hits, but it was Jason Zoeller and Tony Kennedy who each had two hits to lead Ohio State, which out-hit Cleveland State 12-7. The Buckeyes, who sent 17 different batters to the plate in the game, benefited from a Bill Davis Stadium record nine errors by Cleveland State and stranded nine runners on base.

BOURQUIN LED BUCKEYES LAST WEEK
Ohio State third baseman Ronnie Bourquin batted an even .500 last week (8-for-16) and had a slugging percentage of 1.063 as he touched 17 bases in the five games. Of his eight hits, he had a double, a triple and two home runs to knock in eight RBI. The junior from Canton, Ohio (Canton South), scored five runs. Two of his three walks for the week were intentional.

Bourquin led the Buckeyes in the four-game series at Indiana with a .462 batting average (6-for-13) and had a triple and two home runs for seven RBI and seven runs scored. His slugging percentage in the series was 1.077. He had a double and an RBI single in the midweek win vs. Oakland and then opened the series at Indiana with an RBI single that scored the first run of a 4-3 victory. Bourquin hit a solo home run in the second inning of the 5-3 loss to Indiana and later added an RBI single to score the team’s third run. In game three, he again drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first and later added a two-run homer in the third to give him three long balls for the season. He drove in another run with his second triple of the season in the first.

BUCKEYES HAVE 20 TRIPLES
Ohio State already has 20 triples this season and is rapidly approaching the school record of 25, which was set in 1991. The team had three triples at Indiana, all in the first two innings of the finale. Currently tied with the 1997 team with 20 three-baggers. The 1966 national championship team had 23. Ten different players on the current team have tripled this year, led by four players with three triples each, including Eric Fryer, Jedidiah Stephen, Adam Schneider and Jacob Howell. Ronnie Bourquin and Jason Zoeller each have two.

OHIO STATE HOMERS SIX TIMES AT INDIANA
The Buckeyes entered the weekend series at Indiana with only 10 home runs through 32 games. In the four games with the Hoosiers, Ohio State batters hit six home runs and now have 16 for the season. Ronnie Bourquin and Jedidiah Stephen each hit two in the series. Bourquin had one in each game of the doubleheader and Stephen hit two in the nightcap. Eric Fryer and Jason Zoeller also homered at Indiana.

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.

IN THE BIG TEN
Northwestern and Michigan stayed on top of the Big Ten standings after conference play last weekend. Despite splitting it series with Penn State, Northwestern is 11-5 and survived a push from Michigan, which won three of four games at Purdue. The Wolverines also are 11-5. The Buckeyes are two games back and are alone in third place in the standings at 9-7. Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan State each are 8-8 in the league and are tied for fourth. Ohio State will play host to the Boilermakers and in other action, Indiana is at Penn State, Northwestern is at Iowa, Illinois is at Minnesota and Michigan and Michigan State play two in Lansing and two in Ann Arbor.

BIG TEN STATS
Ohio State continues to be the top batting and pitching team in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lead the league with its .330 batting average and their 3.76 ERA. Michigan State (.318), Purdue (.316), Illinois (.313) and Michigan (.301) are the only other teams batting better than .300. Ohio State is joined by Minnesota (3.96) as the only other team with an ERA of less than four. The team is ranked eighth in fielding with a .957 fielding percentage.

Individually, Jacob Howell is leading the conference with a .417 batting average. Four Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 10, including Eric Fryer (third, .394), Ronnie Bourquin (fourth, .393) and Jedidiah Stephen (10th, .362). Bourquin’s 55 hits lead the Big Ten and Fryer has 52, which ranks fourth. Bourquin and Fryer rank 1-2 in RBI. Bourquin has 43, while Fryer has 40. Matt Angle has scored 44 runs, which ranks second, one behind Purdue’s Mitch Hilligoss, and Bourquin is tied for third with Michigan State’s Kyle Day with 37.

J.B. Shuck continues to lead the Big Ten with a 1.29 ERA. He and teammate Dan DeLucia each have six wins, which are the most wins by a conference pitcher. Shuck is 6-1 and DeLucia is 6-2. DeLucia’s 66.2 innings is two innings longer than Penn State’s Craig Clark.

In Big Ten games, Ohio State is batting .304 to rank fourth and the pitching staff has a 4.09 ERA to also rank fourth. The team is fielding .961 in conference games and that, too, ranks fourth.

BUCKEYES FIND EARLY GAME SUCCESS
Ohio State has found success this season by building early leads against opponents. While that ingredient was missing at Michigan, the Buckeyes won their final two games at Indiana by following the formula. Ohio State built a 7-0 lead in the first four inning before winning game three 11-4 and in the finale, the team went up 8-0 before winning 8-6. Through the first four innings, the Buckeyes have outscored their opposition 137-62.

SPEED WORKING ON BASE PATHS
Buckeye center fielder Matt Angle has stolen 16 of 19 bases this season. Jacob Howell and Wes Schirtzinger, the other two outfielders, also are a threat to steal. Howell is perfect in eight attempts, while Schirtzinger has been thrown out once on seven tries. The team is 40 for 51 in stolen bases this season after Howell swiped two at Indiana. Howell has 32 career stolen bases and is tied for 15th on the career list, while Angle has stolen 29 bases and needs one to get ranked on the school’s all-time list.

CRACKING THE TOP 10 IN APPEARANCES
Ohio State reliever Trey Fausnaugh has made nine appearances this season, including one inning of work in game three at Indiana. That appearance was the 65th of his career, a figure that ranks eighth in school history. The all-time record for appearances is 96 held by Cory Cox (1998-2001). He needs one more appearance to tie Gary Fragle (1993-96) in seventh place.

DELUCIA MOVES INTO CAREER RANKINGS
Dan DeLucia has pitched 207.1 career innings and needs seven more innings to move into the Top 25 of career innings pitched by a Buckeye. 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 204 hits, the 11th lowest total by a Buckeye. He has walked just 59 batters, which is tied for the third fewest by an Ohio State pitcher. He has allowed 109 runs (eighth lowest) and 94 earned runs (10th lowest). DeLucia is 15-10 with a 4.08 ERA and 121 strikeouts, though this year he is 6-2 with a 3.78 ERA and has 37 strikeouts.

OTHER BUCKEYE BANTER

Eric Fryer is the team’s leading batter through the team’s 36games this season. He has a batting average of .394, which ranksfourth in the Big Ten. Jason Zoeller is the team’s leading batterin Big Ten play with his .364 batting average. The team is batting.330 in all games, but just .304 in conference play. Ohio State is4-0 at home in non-conference action this season. Fryer leads theteam with a .688 batting average. 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 isbatting .330 at both home and in the 28 games away from Bill DavisStadium. Ohio State is 6-8 in true road games and is 11-3 inneutral site contests. In the 24 wins this season, the team isbatting .356 and is led by Howell’s .467 batting average. Fryer hasa .444 average, while Bourquin is at .423 and Stephen is .413.Conversely, in the 12 losses, Ohio State is batting just .273. MattAngle is the top batter when the team loses. He is batting .383 inthose 12 games. Ohio State is 19-10 and batting .334 during theday, compared to 5-2 and .310 at night. Fryer is batting .433 vs.left-handed pitchers and .382 vs. righties. Bourquin is batting.418 with runners on base and .431 with runners in scoringposition. Howell is batting .485 with runners in scoring position.Fryer is the team’s leading two-out hitter. He is batting .460(23-for-50) with two out and has driven in 20 RBI in the situation.With a runner at third and at least two outs, Fryer has driven in11 RBI in 15 opportunities. Bourquin also has had success therehaving knocked in 13 runs in 19 tries. J.B. Shuck has driven ineight runs in 10 while designated hitter Adam Schneider has drivenin seven runs in 15 tries.

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.

Remaining 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
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 steps back into conference play when it plays host to Purdue in a four-game series this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The series opens Friday with a single game at 6:35 p.m. and will be followed with a pair of games Saturday at 1:35 p.m. before concluding Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Games one, three and four of the series will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI. Fireworks return at Bill Davis Stadium for the first time this season. It also is Roosters’ Dime-A-Wing Night with chicken wings available for 10 cents. Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob will be at the game Saturday and Sunday is The Zoo at OSU with animals from the Columbus Zoo at the game.