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OHIO STATE
(24-17; 13-7 Big Ten)
vs.
DETROIT
(10-29, 4-8 Horizon League)

6:35 p.m., May 5, 2004
Bill Davis Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

SERIES HISTORY:
Ohio State leads 9-3

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PROBABLE OHIO STATE PITCHER No. Name 2004 Stats 36 Dan DeLucia 1-2, 9.00 ERA, 13K, 27.0 IP

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fresh off a four-game series sweep on the road at Indiana, Ohio State returns home Wednesday against the Detroit Titans riding a five-game win streak that has the team seven games over .500 with a 24-17 overall record. The sweep of the Hoosiers moved the Buckeyes into a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings through the first five weeks of the conference slate.

Ohio State is now tied with Minnesota and Penn State, which visits Bill Davis Stadium this weekend, with 13-7 records with three weeks to play to determine the regular season champion and host of this year’s Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes have not won the regular season league championship since 2001, but have claimed the last two tournament championships.

Last weekend’s sweep of Indiana was the first sweep on the road for Ohio State since beating Purdue four times last season. The Buckeyes out-hit the Hoosiers 54-28 in getting the sweep and outscored them 36-12, winning by scores of 11-6, 9-3, 8-3 and 8-0. It was the first time Indiana had been swept at home since the 1986 season.

Detroit comes into Columbus after splitting its four-game Horizon League series at Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a 10-29 record overall and 4-8 in the conference.

ABOUT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are enjoying a five-game win streak, the longest win streak of the season, and have won 10 of their last 13 games. During that stretch, the team is batting .358 and has three players batting better than .400, including Steve Caravati, who has a .490 batting average with 24 hits, five home runs and 21 RBI. The five-game win streak ran Ohio State’s overall record to 24-17, while the sweep at Indiana improved the Buckeyes to 13-7 in the conference to put them in a three-way tie at the top of the league standings.

Caravati is tearing it up for Ohio State and was again named Big Ten Player of the Week. He has at least one hit in 20 of his last 21 games. The junior from Dover, Ohio, had a career-long 13-game hit streak and is currently enjoying a seven-game hit streak. During those 21 games, Caravati is batting .444 with six home runs and 24 RBI. In the five games last week, he batted .579 with two home runs and 11 RBI to lead the team. Paul Farinacci added 10 hits, including his first home run of the season, to knock in seven runs while scoring six times himself.

Caravati raised his batting average 21 points with his 9-for-16 performance at Indiana and is now batting .371 to lead Ohio State. He also paces the team with nine home runs, 36 RBI, a .610 slugging percentage and a .422 on-base percentage. He is second on the team with 59 hits, trailing leader Drew Anderson by one. Anderson is second on the team with a .349 average, but leads with 14 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 two of 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.

Dan DeLucia will likely get the midweek start against Detroit. The lefty is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts in 27.0 innings.

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 into a 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, two home runs, an on-base percentage of .636 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Caravati, who boasted at least two hits 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 two runs 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.

THE PENN STATE SERIES
Going against the traditional weekend series schedule of Friday through Sunday, the Penn State series will be played Saturday through Monday. The teams will play a single game Saturday at 1:05 p.m., a doubleheader Sunday at 1:05 p.m. before concluding the series Monday at 6:35 p.m.

Penn State Series Schedule
Saturday, May 8 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 9 (DH) 1:05 p.m.
Monday, May 10 6:35 p.m.

CARAVATI TO CHAT LIVE THURSDAY
Ohio State junior leftfielder Steve Caravati will answer questions during a live chat at 1 p.m. Thursday on ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Caravati was tabbed the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after batting .579 against Bowling Green and in the four-game sweep of Indiana last week. The Buckeyes are tied for first place in the Big Ten standings with Penn State and Minnesota and will play host to the Nittany Lions at Bill Davis Stadium in a four-game series Saturday through Monday. Fans are encouraged to submit questions in advance or participate live during the chat.

ABOUT THE TITANS
Detroit improved to 10-29 on the season and 4-8 in the Horizon League after splitting four games at Wisconsin-Milwaukee last weekend. The Titans lost the first game of a doubleheader Saturday 7-3, rebounded to win the next two games 15-14 and 4-3, before losing the finale 2-1.

Detroit, which will play Wayne State Tuesday before coming to Columbus for the Wednesday game, is led by Charlie Anderson, who is batting .410 in 37 games. He leads the team with 48 hits, 14 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBI, .761 slugging percentage and a .520 on-base percentage. At .318, Alex Martin is the only other everyday player batting above .300 on a team batting .270.

On the mound, the Titans have a 6.68 ERA. Bob Lothian (2-6, 7.18 ERA) and Mike Czerwieniec (1-4, 7.56) share the team lead with 34 strikeouts, while Adam Myers has the lowest team ERA of pitchers with at least 40 innings. He is 2-5 with a 5.16 ERA. Detroit has yet to name a starter for the game Wednesday.

The Titans are coached by Chris Czarnik, who is 52-132 in his fourth season in Detroit.

AGAINST DETROIT
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Detroit 9-3 and have won the last four in the series. The Buckeyes took both ends of a doubleheader last season after taking two of three games from the Titans in 2002. OSU head coach Bob Todd is 7-1 all-time against Detroit.

Series History (OSU leads 9-3)
April 7, 1895 Detroit 14, Ohio State 12
May 29, 1965 Ohio State 10, Detroit 7*
May 10, 1077 Ohio State 7, Detroit 5**
May 1, 1979 Detroit 4, Ohio State 4**
March 9, 2001 at Ohio State 11, Detroit 1
March 10, 2001 at Ohio State 13, Detroit 0
March 10, 2001 at Ohio State 5, Detroit 4
March 16, 2002 Detroit 6, Ohio State 4
March 16, 2002 at Ohio State 10, Detroit 0
March 17, 2002 at Ohio State 7, Detroit 2
March 16, 2003 at Ohio State 5, Detroit 3
March 16, 2003 at Ohio State 7, Detroit 0
* NCAA Districts, Athens, Ohio
** at Toledo, Ohio

OSU TAKES 2 FROM TITANS IN 2003
Ohio State swept a doubleheader against Detroit March 16, 2003. Derek Kinnear hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in a two-homer day to lift Ohio State to a 5-3 victory. Kinnear went 2-for-3 in the game with four RBI and also scored twice. He was the only Buckeye with multiple hits in a five-hit game by the Buckeyes. Chris Hanners was the pitcher of record when the Buckeyes took the lead in the eighth inning. He did not allow a hit and recorded himself three strikeouts. Eleven hits by Ohio State and 12 strikeouts by the pitching staff led the Buckeyes to a 7-0 shutout victory over Detroit to compete the doubleheader sweep. Drew Anderson led the way for Ohio State hitters as he went 4-for-5 as the lead-off batter. He scored three times and batted in one run. He had a pair of singles, a double and a home run. He led off the game with a double down the right-field line and then singled in the fourth and sixth innings before launching a home run to right field. Trent Luyster got his first win of the season, going 5.0 innings and allowing five hits. He struck out four and walked one.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Ohio State improved to 4-1 in Wednesday night home games this season after the 8-1 win over Bowling Green last Wednesday. After losing the first home midweek date to Eastern Michigan 2-1, the Buckeyes have rattled off four straight victories, downing Oakland 14-4, Dayton 4-1 and Wright State 13-4 to go with the seven run win over the Falcons this past Wednesday.

Led by Steve Caravati’s .556 (10-for-18) batting average, the team is batting .369 in the five games, which is up substantially from the .300 average in all 37 games this season. Among players who have started at least four of the five games, five Buckeyes are batting .300 or better. Joining Caravati on that list are Drew Anderson (.524), Mike Rabin (.381), Brett Garrard (.333) and Jacob Howell (.318). The team also has a 2.20 ERA. Three 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.

Ohio State has out-scored opponents 40-12 and has out hit them 66-33 in Bill Davis Stadium midweek affairs.

LAST WEDNESDAY
Ohio State leftfielder Steve Caravati batted in four runs leading the Buckeyes to an 8-1 victory over Bowling Green Wednesday night in front of 3,956 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.

Caravati opened the scoring in the bottom half of the third inning with a two-out single to score Drew Anderson, who singled to right field then advanced to second after Jacob Howell walked. Caravati drove Anderson home as he smacked Bowling Green pitcher Tyler Smith’s 3-2 pitch through the left side.

Caravati collected his 27th and 28th RBI of the season two innings later as he belted his team-leading eighth home run to left-center field with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Buckeyes scored another run in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to four runs. Anderson led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single through the right side and then stole bases 13 and 14 of the season to get to third before a sacrifice fly by Caravati gave the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. It was his fourth RBI of the game. Ohio State began the eighth inning with three straight hits to add three more runs.

The Falcons spoiled the Buckeye bid at their first shutout of the season, scoring one run without the benefit of a hit. After a fly out to start the inning, reliever Brett Hatcher walked the next three batters and then plunked Jimmy Lipari to make the score 8-1. Hatcher struck out the next batter and then got a fly out to end the game.

Caravati finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and added the sacrifice. Anderson was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, while Paul Farinacci was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Rabin batted in the other run in a 1-for-4 effort.

OSU starter Jeffrey Carroll, who left with a 3-0 lead after five innings of action, got the win to improve to 2-2 this season.

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 to nine, 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 two huge 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 so in 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 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.

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 two hits as Ohio State out-hit the Hoosiers 15-5. Anderson, Caravati, Bourquin and Kinnear batted in two runs apiece.

OSU EYES SWEEP AFTER GAME 3 WIN
Ohio State outfielder Steve Caravati went 2-for-4 and batted in two runs 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 into left-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 two runs 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 two hits each, though the two other 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 two more 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.

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 two victories 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 six game hit streak. The junior from Westlake Village, Calif., is batting .458 (11-for-24) 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 seven games. Jedidiah Stephen also owns a six-game hit streak. Caravati’s 13-game hit streak was the longest of the season.

TODD NEARING VICTORY NO. 800
Ohio State head coach Bob Todd needs two more victories to earn the 800th victory of his career. Todd is 798-418-2 (.656) in his 21st season as a college head coach. He was 124-82 (.602) in four seasons at Kent State and is 674-336-2 (.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)

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.

TODD 4TH AMONG BIG TEN COACHES
Bob Todd ranks fourth in all-time wins among active Big Ten coaches.

Coach School Yr. Record “Itch” Jones Illinois 38th 1,201-781-5 Bob Morgan Indiana 28th 1,042-547-6 John Anderson Minnesota 23rd 826-511-3 Bob Todd OhioState 21st 798-418-2

BUCKEYE BULLETS

Steve Caravati leads the Buckeyes in batting average in allgames (.371) and in the Big Ten (.392). Ohio State is batting .308in all games and .325 in conference games. Drew Anderson is batting.407 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 .324 at home compared to.302 at away and neutral sites. In the 24 victories, Steve Caravatiis the top Buckeye with a .447 batting average. Brett Garrard isbatting .418 and Drew Anderson is batting .396 when Ohio State isvictorious. As a team, the Buckeyes hit .366 when they aretriumphant, compared to .226 in the 17 losses. The team has batted.369 in the five Wednesday night home games and is led by SteveCaravati’s .556 batting average. Steve Caravati is the top Buckeyein the team’s last 10 games. He has a .486 batting average. DrewAnderson is .436 during that stretch. Drew Anderson is the teamleader with 23 multiple-hit games, including 18 games with twohits, four games with three hits and one game with four hits. SteveCaravati leads the team with 12 multiple-RBI games. He has had ninegames with two RBI, two three-RBI games and one four-RBI game. Theteam is batting .325 against left-handed pitchers compared to a.303 average against right-handed pitchers. Buckeye pinch hittershave a .350 average and are led by Cody Caughenbaugh, who isbatting .357 in a pinch-hit role. Ohio State has a .324 averagewith runners in scoring position. With runners on third, with atleast two out, Ohio State is batting .541. The team has 98 two-outRBI, compared to only 64 by opponents. Steve Caravati’s nine homeruns is a season high and his 21 in his career are tied for 21stmost in school annals. Steve Caravati’s current .344 career battingaverage is tied for 16th best in school history. With 121 careerRBI, he is within four of cracking the school’s career Top 25 list.Brett Garrard needs nine RBI to reach 100 for his career. The 141runs he has scored in his career are tied for 18th all-time at OhioState. Drew Anderson’s 199 career hits is tied for 17th most inschool history, while his 41 doubles is tied for 16th most by aBuckeye. Three Ohio State players rank among the Top 26 in all-timeat bats: Drew Anderson is tied for 16th with 637; Brett Garrard is19th with 624 and Mike Rabin is 26th with 558. Mike Madsen needsfour more strikeouts and 2.0 innings to surpass his totals from2003. He has 42 strikeouts this season and has pitched 63.2innings. Madsen’s 14-5 career record ranks 14th all-time in winpercentage (.737). Josh Newman’s 74 strikeouts this season is fourmore than he had in each of the last two seasons. The Buckeyes areaveraging 3,742.8 fans in the last four home dates. The warmerweather, not to mention games against Michigan and Buck-A-BurgerNight, might have had something to do with it. Ohio State isaveraging 2,060 fans in 11 homes dates this season.

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.

OHIO STATE CAREER STRIKEOUTS 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 382 2. Steve Arlin 1965-66 294 3. Bill Cunningham 1982-85 281 4. Josh Newman 2001-present 265 5. Tim Smith 1989-91 254 6. Mark Dempsey 1977-80 250 7. Paul Semall 1974-77 247 8. Matt Beaumont 1992-94 245 9. Tom Schwarber 1987-91 244 10. Scott Klingenbeck 1990-92 238 11. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 234 12. Scott Lewis 2002-present 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.

OHIO STATE ALL-TIME VICTORIES 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 36 2. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 34 3. Josh Newman 2001-present 30 Pete Perini 1947-50 30

OHIO STATE CAREER INNINGS PITCHED 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 419.2 2. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 379.2 3. Pete Perini 1947-59 344.0 4. Josh Newman 2001-present 331.0 5. Chris Granata 1991-94 295.1

ANDERSON THIRD IN STEALS
Drew Anderson increased his career stolen base tally to 53 with a pair of steals last weekend at Indiana. The two steals 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).

STOLEN BASES 1. Roy Marsh 1992-94 73 2. Mike Check 1998-01 63 3. Drew Anderson 2002-present 53 4. Bo Rein 1965-67 49 5. Wade Manning 1976-78 44

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).

TRIPLES 1. Jason Driscoll 1997-00 12 2. Drew Anderson 2002-present 11 Scott Meadows 1985-88 11 Tim Kauffman 1975-78 11 5. Mark Carek 1995-98 10 Christian Snavely 2001-03 10

CARAVATI NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Leftfielder Steve Caravati was named the Big Ten Player of the Week (April 19) after leading Ohio State to first place in the Big Ten by batting .474 (9-for-19) as the Buckeyes took three of four games against Michigan State April 16-18. The junior leftfielder from Dover, Ohio, drove in seven runs with two home runs, three doubles and sacrifice fly. He also scored five runs. He had an on-base percentage of .947 and was on base 45 percent of the time. In five games last week, Caravati batted .435 (10-for-23).

BOURQUIN SHARES BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Ohio State designated hitter Ronnie Bourquin was named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week (April 5) for leading the Buckeyes to a 3-1 series win over Illinois the opening weekend of conference play. Bourquin, a freshman from Canton, Ohio (Canton South), hit .529 in the Buckeyes’ five games last week against Eastern Michigan and four games against Illinois. He hit .643 against Illinois and was 9-for-17 (including two doubles and a home run) with five RBI and scored four runs. Bourquin was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday against the Illini and in game two hit a walk-off, two-run home run, which clinched the 5-3 victory. He posted a 1.000 slugging percentage against Illinois while adding a .667 on-base percentage. He shared the honor with Michigan State’s Travis Gulick. Northwestern’s J.A. Happ won pitcher of the week honors.

STEPHEN, NEWMAN EARN BIG TEN PLAYER, PITCHER OF WEEK HONORS
Ohio State infielder Jedidiah Stephen and left-handed pitcher Josh Newman have been named the Big Ten Baseball Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week, respectively (March 16). Stephen led Ohio State to wins against McNeese State and Winthrop in the classic by batting .727 (8-for-11) with two home runs and five runs batted in to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors. He was perfect at the plate in his first two games, going 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the win over McNeese State before batting 3-for-3 with another long ball, a double and three RBI against South Alabama. Newman racked up a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks to pick up the win over McNeese State. The senior right-hander went 7.2 innings and allowed only four hits and one unearned run. Newman picked up the 26th victory of his career.

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.

www.wosu.org or www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com

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

UP NEXT…
The Buckeyes continue the homestand this weekend when Penn State (24-18, 13-7) comes to Bill Davis Stadium to battle for first place. With Penn State in final exams this week, the teams will open this weekend’s series with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday before playing a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The series concludes Monday at 6:35 p.m.