May 9, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by a solid outing from starting pitcher Josh Newman (Fr., Wheelersburg, Ohio), the No. 25 Ohio State baseball team (38-13 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten) made easy work of the Cleveland State Vikings (19-29 overall), winning 9-0 Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. Mike Check (Sr., Bay Village, Ohio) went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in and Steve Caravati (Fr., Dover, Ohio) blasted his fourth home run of the season to lead the OSU offense.
Newman improved to 7-2 on the season after throwing four shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and recorded three strikeouts as he led the Buckeyes to their sixth shutout of the season.
The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Christian Snavely (Fr., Defiance, Ohio) coaxed a walk off CSU starting pitcher David Boyza. Nick Swisher (So., Parkersburg, W.Va.) followed and lined a double down the left field line to plate Snavely and give the Buckeyes the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State went on the attack and increased its lead to 4-0. With one out, John Mayor (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.) lined a double down the left field line. Terry Pettorini (Fr., Wooster, Ohio) followed and reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Joe Wilkins (Jr., Greenwich, Ohio) loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. CSU gave OSU another gift when Doug Deeds (Fr., Bexley, Ohio) forced in a run on a walk. Mike Check (Sr., Bay Village, Ohio) then lined a single to left field to score Pettorini and Wilkins and give OSU a 4-0 lead. OSU added a run in the fifth inning when Swisher led off with a single and later scored on a ground out by Brett Garrard (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind.).
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Caravati took a 2-0 offering from reliever Jerry Long over the left field wall for a three-run home run. The blast was his fourth of the season.
OSU added its final run of the game when Check scored on a sacrifice fly by Todd Calcamuggio (Sr., Toledo, Ohio) in the bottom of the eighth inning.
CSU’s Boyza (4-4) took the loss. He went 4.2 innings, threw 112 pitches, gave up six hits, five runs (all earned), walked four and recorded five strikeouts.
This weekend, the Buckeyes play for the Big Ten Championship when they play host to Michigan in a four-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. The series opener is Friday at 6:35 p.m. The twi-night doubleheader Saturday begins at 4:05 p.m. The series finale is Sunday at 1:05 p.m.