April 10, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bishop Watterson High School graduates Dan DeLucia and Jeffrey Carroll combined to pitch Ohio State past Purdue 4-2 Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 series win over the Boilermarkers.
DeLucia took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning when Neal Gorka sent a 1-1 offering over the fence in left field to pull the Boilermakers within a 2-1 score. DeLucia had retired the first 14 batters of the game. He got into a little bit of trouble in the top of the sixth. After giving up two one-out hits, he hit Andy Dahl to load the bases, but Eric Wolfe grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
The head’s-up defensive play gave the Buckeyes a boost when it went to the bottom of the inning. Caravati led off the inning with a triple off the fence in left-center field and then crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Cody Caughenbaugh (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley). Caravati’s 10th career triple ties him for fifth most by a Buckeye. Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) followed with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephen and to third on a base hit to right by Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura). Third baseman Dane Wolfe misplayed a ball off the bat of Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) and Zoeller was able to score to give the Buckeyes a 4-1 lead.
Purdue added a run on three hits in the top of the seventh. Spencer Ingaldson singled down the left-field line with one out and Gorka delivered an infield single to put two. After a DeLucia’s fifth strikeout of the game, John Phegley singled to right to plate Ingaldson and pull the Boilermakers within 4-2. In the eighth, Purdue chased DeLucia out of the game after he gave up a hit and a throwing error by Chris Macke (Fr., Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) put two on with two out. Carroll came in, threw one pitch and got Ingaldson to ground out to protect the two-run lead.
DeLucia pitched 7.2 innings and allowed the two runs on seven hits to pick up his second win of the season and his first in Big Ten play. Carroll earned the first save of his career for 1.1-inning effort in which he allowed no runs and only one hit with a game-ending strikeout.
The Buckeyes got off to a quick start in the series finale thanks to Purdue starting pitcher Dan Sattler, who walked Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland), the first batter of the game. Howell was caught trying to steal second, but Sattler walked the next three batters to load the bases before giving up a base hit to centerfield by Zoeller to centerfield to score Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and give the Buckeyes their first run of the game. Purdue coach Doug Schreiber pulled his starter to go with Allan Donato, who gave up a sacrifice fly by Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) to shallow left field. Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) slid around the tag, a call protested by Schreiber, who was ejected from the game shortly thereafter.
The Buckeyes had only five hits in the game, coming from Howell, Caravati, Zoeller, Farinacci and Fryer, but it was the four walks in the first that helped Ohio State jump out early, allowing DeLucia to cruise. Purdue, which fell to 9-18 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, had eight hits in the game, including three from Gorka, who was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Each team had one error.
Ohio State, 16-10 and 3-5, will play host to Malone College Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. before returning to Big Ten action next weekend with a four-game home series against Michigan State.