April 5, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and then added three more runs on its way to a 9-2 victory over Miami University Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeye are 16-6 overall.
It was the 15th game of the year Ohio State had at least 10 hits, three off the bat of Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg). Ohio State has outscored its opponents 99-35 in the first four innings of games this season. The scoring started in the bottom of the first inning.
Ohio State scored two runs in that opening stanza. Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) singled to left and went to third on the hit and run when Fryer singled through the right side. Angle scored on the RBI ground out by Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) and then Fryer scored on a throwing error on the Miami short stop off a grounder by Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura).
The Buckeyes built a 6-0 lead with four more runs in the third. Jonathan Zizzo (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Sarasota [Fla.]) delivered his second career hit in a pinch hit role in the third. He came in for Jacob Howell (Jr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland), who left the game in the second inning. Angle bunted Zizzo over with a sacrifice and then Fryer moved him to third with a single through the left side. Bouruqin plated Zizzo with a single through the right side and sent Fryer to third. Schneider walked and then first baseman J.B. Shuck (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion) drove in two more runs with a double to right-center field to extend the Buckeye lead to six. Miami got on the board in the top of the fifth. After a pair of ground outs to start the inning, Josh Barrera (Fr., Somerset, Ohio/Sheridan), the Buckeyes second pitcher of the game, hit Ryne Robinson and then gave up a base hit to Brandon Hillier. Robinson stole third before Jordan Petraitis drew a walk to load the bases. Geoff Orr drove in both Miami runs with a single to left before a ground out ending the inning.
Zizzo came through with a triple with two out in the fifth inning and drove home Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) with his first career extra-base hit that gave the Buckeyes a 7-2 lead. In the sixth, Ohio State scored two more runs on one base hit and a pair of Miami errors. Fryer led off the inning with an infield single and then after a pair of fly outs, Shuck reached on a fielding error that also scored Fryer. Jedidiah Stephen (Sr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) tripled to the gap in right-center field to score Shuck and gave the Buckeyes the 9-2 lead.
Zizzo, Stephen and Wes Schirtzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) each had a pair of hits. Bourquin and Shuck each drove in two runs. Hillier and Orr each had two hits in the RedHawks’ seven-hit offense. Miami (9-15) committed two errors.
Dan Barker (So., Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) improved to 3-0 with the win in the abbreviated short start. He pitched three innings and struck out three while keeping Miami off the scoreboard on four hits and a walk. Barrera pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth inning and gave up the two runs on two hits. Trey Fausnaugh (Jr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) struck out two and gave up one hit in his two innings before Rory Meister (So., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Connor Graham took the loss to drop to 0-2. He allowed the first six runs on eight hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.
Ohio State (16-6 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten) will welcome defending Big Ten regular season champion Illinois to Bill Davis Stadium this weekend for a four-game conference series, which gets underway Friday at 6:35 p.m. The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:35 p.m. before concluding Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. AM 920 WMNI will carry games one, three and four of the series.