May 1, 2004
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – 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 Saturday afternoon in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at Sembower Field.
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, his sixth home run of the year.
Kinnear, a senior from Kenton, Ohio (Kenton) led off the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season. The shot to straight away centerfield tied the game 1-1 before Anderson, a junior from Brownsburg, Ind. (Brownsburg) 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 (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Jedidiah Stephen (So., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) did so in game one of the Michigan State series April 16.
Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) 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 (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) 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 (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) 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 (Jr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central). 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 two batters 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. Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch and then reached third on a single by Farinacci. Garrard scored the Buckeyes’ eighth run of the game when a ball hit by Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) went between the legs of third baseman Josh Richardson. Kinnear, who had hits in his first two at bats moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Anderson’s infield single to short scored Farinacci and then Caravati singled to shallow left-center field to plate Rabin to build the lead to 9-1.
Indiana scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double by Cody Wargo that scored Ryan Donley and Richardson. Donley reached on an error and Luyster walked Richardson. It was his third walk of the day against nine strikeouts, which was tied his career high.
Luyster pitched his third complete game of the season to get the win and improve to 4-3. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits. He had limited the Hoosiers (23-19 overall, 7-10 Big Ten) to three hits through the first six innings. Indiana starter Josh Lewis got the loss to fall to 3-6.
Six Buckeyes had two hits as Ohio State (22-17, 11-7) out-hit the Hoosiers 15-5. Anderson, Howell, Caravati, Bourquin, Farinacci and Kinnear each had two hits, while Anderson, Caravati, Bourquin and Kinnear batted in two runs apiece.
Game three of the series was never started and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 12 noon. The teams will play a seven-inning game and will follow it up with a nine-inning game to conclude the series.