Feb. 28, 2003
BEAUMONT, Texas – Scott Lewis (So., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington) struck out 11 batters and No. 22 Ohio State banged out 10 hits in 5-3 opening night win over Lamar Friday night at the Tournament of Champions Cardinal Classic in front of 521 fans at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The sophomore, who was 8-2 with 91 strikeouts last season in earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, struck out three in the first inning, struck out a pair in the fourth and seventh innings. He picked up his ninth win as a Buckeye and has now won his last nine decisions after losing his first two games as a collegian.
Lewis remained strong into the seventh inning, getting his 10th and 11th strikeouts of the game. The strikeout total was one off his career high of 12 last year vs. Purdue. He gave up just one run on five hits while walking just one. Leading 5-1, Lewis was replaced at the start of the eighth inning by Mike Madsen (So., Chesterland, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), who gave up two runs in the ninth inning.
Lamar scored first thanks to a lead-off hit by second baseman Blake Justice that staggered through the soggy infield. Lewis battled back to strike out the next two batters before walking rightfielder John Allen. Shortstop Jeremy Gray singled through the right side to score Justice, who had advanced to third courtesy of a balk and a stolen base. The inning ended with another Lewis strikeout.
Ohio State took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning. After a fly out to right field by Paul Farinacci (So., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura), Terry Pettorini (Jr., Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) and Brett Garrard (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) both singled. Doug Larason (Jr., Alexandria, Ohio/Johnstown) fired a shot that bounced off the ground and then the chest of third baseman Dustin Tilley, who could not field the ball resulting in bases load for the Buckeyes with just one out. Derek Kinnear (Jr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) singled through the right side to score both Pettorini and Garrard and then Larason scored on a sacrifice fly by Drew Anderson (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg).
Anderson led off the fifth inning with a triple to the gap in right-centerfield and was knocked in on a sacrifice fly to shallow centerfield by Steve Caravati (So., Dover, Ohio/Dover). That run gave the Buckeyes a 4-1 lead.
In the sixth inning and for the fourth time of the game, the lead-off runner got on base. Garrard found the same part of the field as Anderson the previous inning and stretched it into a triple. He scored on a ground out to the shortstop by Larason.
Garrard was 2-for-4 at the plate and scored twice. Mike Rabin (So., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) also had a pair of hits for the Buckeyes in five at bats.
Lamar ace Josh Gray was pegged with his first loss of the season in four outings. He fell to 3-1 after giving up all five runs (three earned) on all 10 Ohio State hits. Three other Cardinals pitchers went the final 2.1 innings after Gray was lifted in the seventh.
Ohio State will play No. 30 Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m. (1 p.m., CST) before closing out the Tournament of Champions Cardinal Classic vs. No. 29 Southwest Missouri State Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m., CST).