May 15, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. – Ohio State starter Trent Luyster allowed two hits over seven innings and was replaced by Rory Meister, who retired all six Buckeyes he faced to lead Ohio State to a 1-0 shutout victory over Northwestern Sunday to clinch the series three games to one.
Luyster, a senior from Flushing, Ohio (Harrison Central) allowed only one hit in the first six innings and that was in the first inning when Mark Ori singled up the middle with one out. He was erased though when the Buckeyes turned a 6-3 double play to get out of the inning. Luyster hit a batter in the second and allowed another runner on a fielder’s choice. He then retired the next eight batters before Mark Bennett reached on an error in the fifth inning. Luyster got Stanley Finch to foul out and then got Mike Phelps to fly out to end the inning.
The Buckeye southpaw retired five more after that, before giving up his second hit to start the seventh inning, when Jon Mikrut singled to center field. Luyster responded to strike out Anthony Wycklendt before walking Antonio Mule. He coaxed a fly out and a ground out to get out of the inning.
Luyster took a seat Meister to start the eighth and he retired all six batter he faced to pick up his fourth save of the season. Luyster left with a 1-0 lead through seven innings and allowed only two hits with five strikeouts and one walk without allowing a run.
The win was the fourth one-run victory of the season and the second shutout as the Buckeyes improved to 31-16 overall and 14-11 in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI-single down the left-field line by Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) to score Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy).
The Buckeyes had one base runner in the third and another in the fourth, but Wildcat catcher Geoff Dietz threw out Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) trying to steal second after he reached on a base hit. Ohio State left two runners in the fifth. Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) delivered a two-out single to right center and then Northwestern starter Ryan Myers hit Matt Angle (Fr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling), but Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) grounded out to end the inning.
In the sixth, Wes Schritzinger (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) pinch hit for Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover), who started as the Buckeyes’ designated hitter. Schirtzinger reached on an error and then was caught stealing by Deitz. It was the third time in the game Dietz caught a base runner trying to steal second base. Myers followed to walk Bourquin and then gave up a base hit to right by Zoeller. He got out of the inning when his defense turned a 6-4-3 double play.
Andrew Smith replaced Myers to start the seventh but walked Bourquin to open the ninth inning. Dietz threw out his fourth base runner erasing Bourquin 2-6 on the caught stealing. Smith struck out Zoeller, but gave up an infield single to Howell before Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) lined out to short to end the Buckeye ninth.
Bourquin was 2-for-2, while Howell was 2-for-4 with the lone RBI. Zoeller and Fryer added the only other hits as the Buckeyes collected seven in the game. Each team had one error. Myers took the loss for Northwestern to fall to 3-5.
Ohio State will return to action next weekend against Minnesota at Bill Davis Stadium in its final series of the regular season. All four games will be broadcast on NPR 820 and on the Internet at www.wosu.org.