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April 15, 2005

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alan Cattrysse drove in the only two runs Michigan State needed as it handed Ohio State a 2-0 loss Friday night in Big Ten Conference play at Bill Davis Stadium. The shutout was the second against the Buckeyes this season, coming last against Arizona State in the fifth game of the season when the Sun Devils won 3-0 at the Keith LeClair Classic.

Friday night, Ohio State and Michigan State were scoreless through five innings until the Spartans chased starter Dan DeLucia (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) out of the game with back-to-back hits and a walk that loaded the bases to start the top of the sixth. DeLucia, making his first Friday start as a Buckeye, then gave up a single through the right side to score Adam Tripp and Erik Morris to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. A ground out to move the two remaining runners into scoring position was enough to bring OSU coach Bob Todd out of the dugout and bring in reliever Trey Fausnaugh (So., Circlevillle, Ohio/Westfall), who got a fielder’s choice to nab Ryan Basham at home and then got E.J. Daws to fly out to get out of the inning. DeLucia was the losing pitcher in the shutout to Arizona State March 6.

Ohio State tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning and loaded the bases with no one out, but could not get a run across the plate. Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) reached on a fielding error by MSU shortstop Troy Krider. Pinch hitter Matt Angle (Fr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) reached on a sharply hit ground ball off the glove of Spartan first baseman Sean Walker and then Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) beat out a bunt down the third-base line to load the bases. Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) popped out to first and then Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the comeback bid.

That is how it was for Ohio State in the game. Only five batters reached base in the first seven innings, though two of those runners were able to reach third. Fryer reached third after a single to lead off the third and then Howell moved to third to start the sixth before a double play and a ground out ended that inning. Each team left nine base runners.

DeLucia fell to 2-2 with the loss. He struck out only one and walked two as Michigan State got the two runs off five hits. Fausnaugh pitched 2.2 innings and allowed only one hit, while Jeffrey Carroll (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) gave up one hit in his only inning.

Tripp was the only Spartan with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 in Michigan State’s seven-hit offense. Howell was 2-for-2 to lead Ohio State, which finished with eight hits. It was the third game this season the Buckeyes had lost after out-hitting their opponent.

The loss was the seventh for the Buckeyes this season by two runs or less. Ohio State dropped to 17-11 overall and 3-6 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State improved to 13-17 overall and 4-5 in league play. The Buckeyes lost the opening game of last weekend’s Purdue series before bouncing back to win the final three games. They also did it to the Spartans last year at Michigan State, losing in the opener before winning three straight for the series victory.

The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. before concluding Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. All three 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).