Feb. 14, 2004
HOUSTON – Ohio State right-handed pitcher Mike Madsen gave up seven runs in the first two innings and Kansas State never looked back in a 12-6 victory Saturday in the Minute Maid College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Eli Rumler was 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run to lead the Wildcats.
Madsen, a junior from Chesterland, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) walked three and Kansas State had four hits, including a three-run triple to build a 6-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Terry Blunt walked to lead off the game and was bunted over to second by Marc Chabot before another walk by Josh Dent. Blunt was batted in on a single to left by Steve Murphy and then after the second out of the inning Madsen walked Brian Patty to load the bases. A grounder to short by Josh Heinrich scored the second run of the inning and kept the bases full.
Rumler sent a shot to the gap in left-centerfield got past a diving Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover). Before Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) could pick it up and throw in, Rumler had reached third base scoring all three base runners to build a five-run lead. Ryan Saltzgaber scored Rumler on a base hit through the right side to build a six-run advantage.
The Buckeyes went in order in bottom half of the inning before Murphy scored on an inside-the-park home run that snuck under the glove of right fielder Wes Schirtzinger (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) and rolled to the wall. Ohio State’s second error of the game yielded a run in the third inning to build the Wildcat lead to 8-0. Heinrich reached on a single to right-centerfield and stole second. Buckeye catcher Kelly Houser (So., New Holland, Ohio/Adena) threw into left field as Heinrich attempted to steal third and scored on the throwing error. Kansas State scored its leadoff runner in the fifth inning. Saunders singled to left and then was bunted over by Patty. Rumler, who had the three-run home run in the first, delivered with a single to center and Saunders crossed the plate for the Wildcats’ ninth run of the game.
Ohio State got on the board in the sixth inning. Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) led off the inning with a pinch-hit triple and then scored on a groundout by Rabin. The Buckeyes added three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within a 9-4 score. Caravati led off the inning with a double to right-centerfield and moved to third on a single to left-centerfield by Jeffrey Carroll (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson), who had entered the game at first base in the top half of the inning. Cody Caughenbaugh launched a shot over the fence in right field to score three runs.
The Wildcats countered the Buckeyes’ three runs with a three-spot in the top of the eighth inning, benefiting from two hits, two walks and a balk to build a 12-4 lead.
After stranding two base runners in the eighth inning, Ohio State retired the batters in order in the top of the ninth inning before getting a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth. Brett Hatcher (Jr., Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) drew a pinch-hit walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ronnie Bourquin (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) doubled down the right-field line to score Hatcher. Bourquin scored on an error by Chabot, the Wildcat second baseman on a ball hit off the end of his glove by Howell that rolled into right field.
Carlos Torres picked up the win in six innings, striking out five batters without allowing a walk. He gave up four runs on six hits. Madsen was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on five hits with three walks and no strikeouts in two innings of work. Eric Rollins earned his first save of the season after pitching the final three innings.
Bourquin and Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) each had two hits to lead the Buckeyes, who finished the game with nine hits and three errors. Kansas State had 10 hits and two errors.
Ohio State, now 0-2 on the year, concludes play at the Minute Maid College Classic against Texas Tech Sunday at 11 a.m. (10 a.m., CST).