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April 27, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State rallied from a two-run deficit to score the final three runs of the game, including the game winning run on a bases-loaded walk by Paul Farinacci, as the Buckeyes beat Eastern Michigan 3-2 to sweep a midweek doubleheader Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.

With the score tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) got things started with a base hit to left-center field. He went to second on a wild pitch before coach Bob Todd brought in Wes Schirtzinger (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) to pinch run. Schirtzinger went to third on a bunt single by pinch hitter Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland).

Jeff Fischer, the fourth pitcher used by the Eagles in game two, intentionally walked Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) to load the bases and get to red-hot Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah), who already had four hits and six RBI in the two games. Stephen popped up to second before Farinacci, the senior first baseman from Westlake Village, Calif. (Agoura), drew the game winning walk on a pitch above his chest to plate Schirtzinger and give the Buckeyes the second win in their last at bat this season.

Stephen led the Buckeyes in going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Ohio State had five hits to Eastern Michigan’s four, but left 13 base runners in the game, taking benefit from eight walks and one hit batsman.

Trey Fausnaugh (So., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) picked up the win (3-1) despite not entering the game until two were gone in the seventh. With one runner on base, he fanned Ben Jones, who had already delivered one of the two Eastern Michigan runs to get out of the inning.

Eastern Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Jeff Hehr drew a two-out walk. He went to third on a single through the left side by Derek Lehrman and then scored on a base knock through the right side by Ryan Arnett. The Eagles added a second run in the second when Trumaine Riley scored on an infield single by Ben Jones. Riley reached on a single to center, went to second on a ground out and to third on a wild pitch by OSU starter Trent Luyster (Sr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central) before scoring on the Jones base hit.

Ohio State answered with one run in the bottom of the second to cut the game to a one-run deficit. Zoeller led off the inning beating out an infield single to short and then went to second on a single up the middle by Stephen. A balk moved both runners into scoring position and then a sacrifice fly by Kelly Houser (Jr., New Holland, Ohio/Adena) score Stepehen to make it a 2-1 game.

The Buckeyes tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fifth frame, capitalizing on a one-out walk by Zoeller. Zoeller stole second and scored on a single to right-center field by Stephen, who recorded his fourth hit of the day and delivered his sixth RBI of the doubleheader.

Luyster went three innings in the shortened midweek start. He gave up both runs on four hits before giving way to Rory Meister (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) to start the fourth. Meister, who had pitched the final two innings in the first game, pitched 3.2 innings of relief and did not allow a hit or run in striking out a season best five batters against two walks.

Prior to the second game of the doubleheader, Gene Smith, the new Ohio State athletics director, threw out the first pitch. The eighth athletics director in school history delivered a slider to reserve catcher Jamey Moore (So., Senecaville, Ohio/Ohio Valley College/Shenandoah H.S.) in the ceremonial first pitch. Smith, who was the athletics director at Eastern Michigan from 1985-93, began his Ohio State tenure April 15.

Ohio State, which won its 20th game of the season (20-14 overall and 4-9 in the Big Ten) will welcome Indiana to Bill Davis Stadium this weekend for a four-game Big Ten series. The teams will play a single game Friday at 6:35 p.m. before playing a doubleheader Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The first and fourth games of the series will be broadcasted by NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) while all four games will be available on the Internet at www.wosu.org. The Saturday doubleheader is available only on the OSU campus on Buckeye TV.