April 16, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michigan State scored three runs in each of the first three innings and added three more in the seventh to hand the Buckeyes a 12-3 loss the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. The Spartans lead the Buckeyes 2-0 after winning the opening game Friday night 2-0.
Ohio State found itself in a 3-0 hole before it stepped into the batter’s box for the first time. The Spartans touched up freshman starter Cory Luebke (Fr., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) for four hits in the top of the first inning. After a ground out to start the inning, three straight hits yielded the first MSU run of the game and then a double by Ryan Basham knocked in two more runs.
Another three Michigan State runs scored in the second. Sean Walker reached on a one-out walk and scored on a double by Ryan Sontag. A throwing error on Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah), the Buckeye shortstop, allowed Sontag to reach third. Luebke struck out Troy Krider but gave up a two-run home run to Adam Tripp as Michigan State built a 6-0 lead through the first two innings.
The Buckeyes got one run back in the bottom of second inning turning a lead-off double by Adam Schneider (So., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) into a run after he went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch.
A three-run home run by Walker in the third extended the Spartan lead to 9-1. His fourth home run of the season hooked just inside the left-field foul pole to score Tony Clausen, who boarded on a one-out triple, and Oliver Wolcott, who was hit by reliever Jeffrey Carroll (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) who replace Luebke to start the third.
It was the shortest start for Luebke who was tagged with his second loss of the season (3-2). He allowed the first six runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out two and walking one. Carroll was charged with three runs in his one-inning outing before getting replaced by Rory Meister (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) to start the fourth. He went three innings, allowed only one hit and struck out four before giving way to Chris Hanners (Jr., Groveport, Ohio/DeSales) to start the seventh.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) launched his first home run of the season to left-center field to pull the Buckeyes within a 9-3 score. The long ball was Rabin’s third of his career and scored Howell, who reached on a walk.
Hanners gave up three runs in the top of the seventh as the Spartans built a nine-run lead. Alan Cattrysse led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a base hit up the middle by pinch hitter E.J. Daws. After two more outs, Sontag tripled to score Daws and then he scored on a single up the middle by Krider, who was 3-for-5 with one RBI.
Sontag and Tripp each were 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Erik Morris also added two hits as the Spartans out-hit Ohio State 14-9. Rabin was 3-for-3 for Ohio State with a pair of RBI.
The Buckeyes have lost only two series in nine seasons at Bill Davis Stadium. Michigan claimed three-of-four games from Ohio State in both 2003 and 2004. No team has ever swept the Scarlet and Gray at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State and Michigan State will continue the doubleheader immediately following the conclusion of this game before concluding the series Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org, while the Sunday game will be broadcast on the radio on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM).