May 6, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Down 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, the Indiana Hoosiers (23-27-1 overall, 6-16 in the Big Ten) rallied with two runs to defeat the No. 24 Ohio State baseball team (37-13 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten), 5-4, Saturday in game two of a doubleheader at Sembower Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes split the doubleheader and have a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. OSU still remains in first place in the Big Ten Conference by a half-game over Purdue.
With the game tied at three in the top of the seventh inning, Christian Snavely (Fr., Defiance, Ohio) reached base on a fielding error by IU first baseman Gibran Hamden. A wild pitch by starting pitcher Jacob Cary pushed Snavely to second base. Two outs later, Mike Harris (Sr., Hillsborough, N.C.) drilled a single to left field to plate Snavely and give OSU a 4-3 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Indiana rallied with a two-run double by Dan Haegele off OSU reliever Cory Cox (Sr., Chillicothe, Ohio) to defeat the Buckeyes, 5-4.
OSU starting pitcher Greg Prenger (Jr., Harpster, Ohio) pitched well but took the loss – his first in five decisions this season. He went 6.1 innings, threw 99 pitches, gave up four hits, five runs (four earned), walked two and recorded six strikeouts. At one point, he retired 10 consecutive batters.
Indiana took its first lead of the series in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Vasilli Spanos took a 0-1 offering from Prenger over the center field wall for a solo home run.
The Hoosiers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Joe Kemp doubled to center field and was driven in by a Nick Evans single. Eric Blakely later hit a double to score Evans and give IU a 3-0 lead.
The Buckeyes went on the attack in the top of the fifth inning and tied the game. John Mayor (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.) led off with a walk. Snavely followed and blasted a 2-2 offering from Cary over the center field wall to give OSU its first two runs of the game. Two outs later, Harris smacked a double to the center field wall. Mike Check (Sr., Bay Village, Ohio) followed with a single to center field to score Harris and tie the game at three.
IU’s Cary did not factor in the decision after going 6.2 innings, yielding five hits, four runs (three earned), while walking a pair and recording five strikeouts. Reliever Adam Pegg (4-4) picked up the win.
In the top of the seventh, Harris stole the team’s 85th base of the season to set a school single-season record.
Tomorrow, the teams play the series finale at 3 p.m.