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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
(12-8; 0-4 Big Ten)
vs.
OAKLAND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
(1-17; 0-0 Mid-Continent)

6:35 p.m., April 6, 2005
Bill Davis Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads 6-1

OHIO STATE RADIO/INTERNET
NPR 820 (WOSU-AM)
Neil Sika and Paul Barnes
www.wosu.org

PROBABLE OHIO STATE PITCHER 12 Jeffrey Carroll, LHP 1-0, 3.38 ERA, 4K, 10.2IP or 45 Dan Barker, RHP 0-0, 3.86 ERA, 5K, 7.0IP

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will try to get back into the win column when it opens a 10-game homestand, the longest of the season, Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. against Oakland. The Buckeyes will return to Big Ten play this weekend in a four-game set vs. Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes will be trying to erase the horrible memory of its weekend road trip to Champaign, Ill., where they were swept by Illinois in the four-game conference opening series. It was the first series sweep against Ohio State since 1990 and is the first time the Buckeyes have been 0-4 in the Big Ten since 1987, the year before the arrival of head coach Bob Todd.

Todd, the 18th-year mentor, will win his 700th game in school history with Ohio State’s next win. He enters the Oakland game with a 699-363-2 record at Ohio State and is 823-434-2 in his 22nd year as a head coach. The game will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) with Neil Sika and Paul Barnes describing the action.

ABOUT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes struggled to score runs at Illinois, scoring only 10 runs in the four games. Ohio State crossed the plate once in each of the first two games and then scored four runs each in the final two games of the series. It did not have a lead in the series until the sixth inning of game four and that lasted only until the Illini tied the game in the bottom of the inning before winning in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth.

Ohio State’s batting average dropped from .309 entering the weekend to .298 when the team returned to Columbus Sunday night. The team had 30 hits in the series, but stranded 26 runners for the weekend, including 10 runners in the 6-4 loss in the finale. Mike Rabin led the team at Illinois, batting .364 in the four games, while Jason Zoeller had five hits in batting .313. Paul Farinacci delivered five RBI, four off his grand slam in game three that pulled the Buckeyes within the 5-4 final score. The Buckeyes, which were ranked second in the Big Ten in fielding percentage, committed seven errors in the four games, including three errors in the finale.

Zoeller continues to pace Ohio State with a .395 batting average and 30 hits. He had entered the series batting .417, but went 5-for-16 at Illinois. Cody Caughenbaugh is batting .339 and Jedidiah Stephen is batting .324 and are the only two everyday players batting better than .300.

Steve Caravati and Jacob Howell returned to the Buckeye lineup. Caravati had played sporadically since pulling his hamstring in the season opener and Howell had missed 12 games with a shoulder injury before returning in the second game of the Illinois series. But while both return, Ohio State lost third baseman Ronnie Bourquin, who had been the only player to start the first 20 games of the season. He injured his thumb sliding into first on the final play of the 5-4 loss in game three. He will be reevaluated this week, but is expected to miss the next few games.

Dan DeLucia was the only Buckeye starter not to take a loss at Illinois. He pitched in the series finale and departed with the score tied at four. Trent Luyster, Mike Madsen, Cory Luebke and Trey Fausnaugh took losses for the staff, which allowed Illinois to hit .316 for the weekend with 37 hits that scored 22 runs.

Luebke leads Ohio State with a 1.82 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. The freshman from Maria Stein, Ohio, has made four starts and has pitched two complete games in seven appearances. DeLucia is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 23 strikeouts, while Luyster leads the team with four victories. Jeffrey Carroll (1-0, 3.38 ERA) or Dan Barker (0-0, 3.86 ERA) will likely start against Oakland.

ABOUT OAKLAND
The Golden Grizzlies fell to 1-17 after losing three games at Eastern Michigan last weekend. The Eagles won 7-6 in the opening game and then swept both ends of a doubleheader, winning 5-1 and 10-7. The teams were rained out on Saturday.

Oakland’s lone win of the season came March 19 at Ball State in the second game of a doubleheader. To their credit, the Grizzlies have played a tough schedule, losing to Vanderbilt and Tennessee and a four-game series at Michigan.

The Grizzlies are batting only .202 and have a 7.92 ERA heading into the game Wednesday in Columbus. Paul Phillips leads the Golden Grizzlies with a .400 average, though he has played in only one game. Of the everyday personnel Tim Doig is batting .265 with 13 hits and five RBI. Will Tollison is batting .263 with a team-best 15 hits, two home runs and four RBI, while Chad Winkler is batting .233 with 10 hits and five RBI. Ty Herriott leads the team with 10 RBI, while batting only .167. Paul Phillips leads the team with 29 strikeouts. In 27.1 innings he is 0-5 with a 5.93 ERA. Ty Herriott is 0-3 with a 9.31 ERA with 10 strikeouts. Aaron Hines has the lone win on the staff. He has 16 strikeouts in 20.2 innings and is 1-2 on the year. Oakland had not named a starter at the time this program was printed.

AGAINST THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Oakland 6-1 and has won the last three games of the series, including last season’s 14-4 win at Bill Davis Stadium. The series began in 1999, an 11-9 Buckeye victory. Ohio State won the first three games before dropping a 10-5 decision in 2002.

All-Time Series (Ohio State leads 6-1)
May 5, 1999 – at Ohio State 11, Oakland 9
April 5, 2000 – at Ohio State 12, Oakland 2
April 11, 2001 – at Ohio State 8, Oakland 2
April 10, 2002 – Oakland 10, at Ohio State 5
April 9, 2003 – at Ohio State 2, Oakland 1
April 9, 2003 – at Ohio State 2, Oakland 0
April 7, 2004 – at Ohio State 14, Oakland 4

LAST YEAR VS. OAKLAND
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State senior shortstop Brett Garrard broke the game wide-open with a two-out, bases-loaded double to propel the Buckeyes to their fourth win in five games. Garrard finished the game 3-for-5, knocking in a career-best five RBI in Ohio State’s 14-4 route of the Oakland Golden Grizzles April 7.

With a 4-2 lead, the Buckeyes scored eight runs in the fourth inning, all with two outs, to take a commanding 12-2 lead. Drew Anderson and Mike Rabin provided singles before a pair of walks plated the first run. Paul Farinacci singled up the middle to score Rabin and Steve Caravati and then after the third walk of the inning, Garrard delivered his third and fourth RBI with a double to make the score 9-4.

Cody Caughenbaugh provided a pinch-hit single to left-center field to score the sixth and seventh runs of the inning and then two more singles scored one more run to give the Buckeyes a 10-run lead. The Golden Grizzlies scored twice in the top of the sixth to close within a 12-4 score after a pinch hit single by Bryan DeLamielleure and a double by Tim Doig. With runners at second and third and one out John Sullivan singled to left and reached second on a fielding error by Caravati and both runners scored.

Ohio State scored twice more in the eighth as Garrard drove in his fifth run of the game, doubling down the left field line to score Ronnie Bourquin, who led off the inning with a double, and Farinacci, who singled up the middle. The runs gave the Buckeyes their second 10-run lead.

Eight of the nine starters had a hit, including Rabin, Caravati and Garrard, who provided three hits apiece in the Buckeyes’ 18 hit attack. Anderson and Farinacci added two hits each, while Farinacci drove in three runs. Jesse Paciorek got the win in the scheduled abbreviated start, going 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks. He tied a career high with four strikeouts.

TODD CLOSING IN ON 700 AT OSU
Now in his 18th season as skipper of the Buckeyes, head coach Bob Todd needs only one victory for his 700th win at the school. Todd’s record at Ohio State is 699-363-2 (.658). Add his four-year record of 124-82 from Kent State (1984-87) and the 22nd-year career head coach has a 823-434-2 (.655) record.

Todd’s Milestone Ohio State Wins
1 – Feb. 27, 1988 vs. Louisville (16-2)
100 – Feb. 22, 1991 vs. Dartmouth (14-7)
200 – March 28, 1993 vs. Cleveland St. (9-5)
300 – April 13, 1995 at Wright State (16-6)
400 – May 16, 1997 at Michigan (9-2)
*480 – May 8, 1999 vs. Michigan St. (11-1)
500 – March 22, 2000 vs. Florida Int’l (2-0)
600 – May 19, 2002 vs. Minnesota (9-2)
700 – next victory
*became the winningest coach in Ohio State history

Todd’s Milestone Career Victories
1 – March 23, 1984 vs. Mercer (18-4)
100 – March 25, 1987 vs. UNC-Wilm. (12-10)
200 – April 1, 1990 vs. Wisconsin (7-4)
300 – April 22, 1992 vs. Ohio (16-2)
400 – May 14, 1994 vs. Purdue (8-7)
500 – March 30, 1997 at Michigan St. (4-0)
600 – May 5, 1999 vs. Oakland (11-9)
700 – March 17, 2002 vs. Detroit (7-2)
800 – May 8, 2004 vs. Penn State (3-1)

Todd’s Milestone Big Ten Wins
1 – April 3, 1988 vs. Illinois (14-6)
100 – May 1, 1993 vs. Michigan (3-2)
200 – May 10, 1998 vs. Michigan State (5-4)
300 – April 2, 2004 vs. Illinois (5-1)

OHIO STATE SWEPT AT ILLINOIS
For only the second time at Ohio State since Bob Todd began coaching, the Buckeyes were swept in a four-game conference series. Illinois swept the series in grand fashion, winning the finale with a two-run walk-off home run to seal a 6-4 victory and only the sixth-ever sweep against Ohio State since the Big Ten began playing four-game series in 1981. The Illini won the first three games of the series by scores of 7-1, 4-1 and 5-4.

Illinois erupted for five runs on six hits in the sixth inning to hand the Buckeyes a 7-1 loss and snap their 10-game win streak. J.R. Kyes went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead Illinois. Jedidiah Stephen led Ohio State with a single and a double. Paul Farinacci delivered the only OSU run in the top of the second inning. Trent Luyster fell to 4-2 with the loss. Jason Zoeller’s 13-game hit streak came to an end.

In game two, the Illini scored all four of their runs in the first inning to down the Buckeyes 4-1. Steve Caravati drove in Zoeller with a double down the left field line in the sixth inning. Zoeller, Caravati and Ronnie Bourquin had the three hits for Ohio State. In the second game of a doubleheader, Illinois dodged a late-inning rally by Ohio State to win 5-4. The Illini had sprinted to a 5-0 lead after the fourth inning before Farinacci delivered his first home run of the season, a grand slam he bounced off the top of the right-field fence in the top of the sixth. The Buckeyes stranded one runner in the seventh when Bourquin was tagged out sliding into first.

The luck of the Buckeyes appeared to change in the series finale when they took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Illinois tied the game in the bottom of the inning before the two-run walk-off home run in the ninth won the game 6-4. Mike Rabin was 3-for-4 in the game, while Zoeller and Chris Macke each had two hits and one RBI. Reliever Trey Fausnaugh gave up the home run to get the loss. The last 0-4 start by Ohio State was in 1987, the year before Todd arrived to Columbus.

IN BIG TEN OPENERS
The Buckeyes fell to 11-7 in conference openers since head coach Bob Todd arrived in Columbus prior to the 1988 season. The loss snapped a string of six victories in Big Ten openers.

SERIES SWEEPS AGAINST OSU
The sweep by Illinois in Champaign was only the sixth time in school history that the Buckeyes were swept in a four-game Big Ten series. The conference began playing four-game series in 1981. It was the first time Illinois had swept the Buckeyes. The Illini join Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue as the only teams to sweep the Buckeyes in four games. Michigan has three sweeps of Ohio State, while the others have done it once. Minnesota had been the last two sweep Ohio State, beating the Buckeyes four times in 1990.

Four-Game Sweeps in Big Ten Play
Illinois: 2005
Michigan: 1985, 1986, 1987
Minnesota: 1990
Purdue: 1987

THE BIG TEN RACE
If this were the Big Leagues, Ohio State would be four games out with 28 games to play, barring rainouts. The Buckeyes are not alone though. Michigan was swept in its four-game series last weekend against Minnesota in the Metrodome. Michigan and Ohio State entered the weekend with the two best overall records in Big Ten play. Now, Minnesota and Illinois are perched atop the standings with perfect 4-0 records. The other six teams split their opening series.

The Buckeyes have finished first in the Big Ten seven times and have won six conference tournament titles. Ohio State has won at least 20 conference games in a season six times under 18th-year head coach Bob Todd and only one time in his tenure have the Buckeyes failed to miss the Big Ten tournament, which up until the 2000 season, qualified only four teams. Beginning in 2000, six teams advance to the league tournament. Ohio State missed the cut in 1996.

LAST WEDNESDAY
With the scored tied 3-3 Ohio State scored five runs in the fourth to take an 8-3 lead before claiming a 12-4 victory over Toledo in the home opener Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes later added four runs in the eighth to extend its win streak to 10 games.

With one run already across the plate, the bases loaded and only one out, Adam Schneider drove a double down the right-field line to score all three runners and give the Buckeyes a 7-3 lead. Jedidiah Stephen’s poke down the third-base line with two outs plated Schneider to cap the inning and put the Buckeyes up by five runs.

Toledo shortstop Jason Watson hit his fourth home run of the season to pull within four runs, but the Buckeyes added four runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth for the 12-4 victory that ran the team’s record to 13-4 heading into Big Ten action this weekend.

Cody Caughenbaugh and Kelly Houser each drove in a run and then with runners at first and second, Paul Farinacci’s seventh double of the season plated the final two runs of the day, scoring his 18th and 19th RBI of the season.

Steve Caravati led the Buckeyes in going 3-for-4 with one RBI, but it was Schneider’s three RBI in the fourth that took the headline. Schneider finished 2-for-3 and scored once. Stephen was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Farinacci was 1-for-5 and plated two.

Both Ohio State and Toledo had designated short starts for their starting pitchers, but it did not matter. Toledo’s Joe Welsh last only one inning, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits, while Mike Madsen went three innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Rory Meister, who replaced Madsen in the fourth, got the win for the Buckeyes to improve to 2-0. Meister went only two innings and allowed one run on a pair of hits. Joe Roberts, who replaced Welsh in the second, got the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Ohio State tossed four more pitchers in the game and allowed only one hit the final four innings of the contest.

IN HOME OPENERS
Since Bob Todd arrived to Ohio State prior to the 1988 season, the Buckeyes are 13-5 in home openers. The Scarlet and Gray lost to Eastern Michigan 2-1 last season, but returned to the win column against Toledo and improved to 6-3 in home openers at Bill Davis Stadium.

SWISHER MAKES OPENING DAY ROSTER IN OAKLAND
Former Ohio State Buckeye Nick Swisher appeared on the opening-day roster of the Oakland Atheltics, which opened the season Monday at the Baltimore Orioles. Swisher, who finished the 2004 season on the Oakland roster after being called up Sept. 3, became the highest-ever drafted player from Ohio State when he was picked 16th overall in the first round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

He batted.323 in his three years with the Buckeyes, batting in 156 runs with 35 home runs. He had a .613 slugging percentage and a .452 on-base percentage while at Ohio State and was a starter in 166 of the 169 games in which he played. During his junior season, Swisher batted .348 with a team-best 52 RBI and 10 home runs. The switch hitter reached base safely in all but one of his 54 games as a junior and at one point rode a 19-game hit streak, which was within four games of the school’s all-time record. Swisher, a First Team All-Big Ten selection both as a sophomore and junior, had 64 hits, including 14 doubles and three triples to go with his 10 homers in 2002. He was a freshman All-American and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2000. When Swisher was called up last season, he became the first Ohio State player other than a pitcher to reach the majors since Barry Bonnell played the first of his three seasons for the Atlanta Braves in 1977.

HIT STREAKS
Jason Zoeller did not have a hit in the first game at Illinois, which snapped a team-best 13-game hit streak. But, Zoeller has hit in all but two of the 19 games he has played this season and 17 of his last 17 games. The longest current streak now belongs to Adam Schneider, who has hit in seven straight games. Jay Semke holds the Ohio State record with a 23-game hit streak in 1997.

BUCKEYE RECORD BOOK

Steve Caravati is 10th with his .354 career batting average.His 209 hits rank 15th, while his 584 at bats have him ranked 23rd.The fifth-year senior co-captain from Dover, Ohio (Dover) is tiedfor seventh with nine triples and his 21 career home runs are tiedfor 21st. Caravati has batted in 141 runs during his career (18thin school history), including 52 RBI last season. He needs 40 tomove into second place all-time at Ohio State. Dan Seimetz(1995-98) holds the school record with 236 RBI. Mike Rabin has 689career at bats, which is ranked eighth by any player in schoolhistory. The OSU record is 823, set by Mark Carek (1995-98). Rabin,who already has 64 at bats in 2005, needs 135 at bats to break thatrecord. He had 234 at bats as a sophomore and 228 last year, sothat is one record to watch. His 40 steals are the ninth most inschool history. Rabin’s 200 hits are tied for the 18th most inschool annals. With four home runs this season, Jedidiah Stephenhas 17 career home runs. The junior from Caldwell, Ohio, needsthree more to crack the school’s Top 25 list. With 18 careervictories, Mike Madsen is tied for 19th and with his win percentageof .692 (18-8), he ranks 27th in school history. Madsen has nowpitched 188.1 career innings, making him eligible to be rankedamong several career stat categories. With a minimum of 175.0career innings pitched, he ranks 10th in fewest hits allowed (199),fifth in fewest bases on balls (77), eighth in fewest runs (107)and eighth in fewest earned runs allowed (91). Trent Luyster hasmade 52 appearances in his career to tie for 18th, while MikeMadsen has pitched in 51 games, which ranks him 20th.

BIG TEN RANKINGS
In the Big Ten rankings that were released Monday, Ohio State ranked sixth in team batting (.298) behind Indiana (.356), Penn State (.309), Michigan (.309), Northwestern (.301) and Illinois (.299); ranked second in team ERA (3.49) behind Illinois (2.76); and ranked fourth in fielding (.970) behind Illinois (.979), Minnesota (.975) and Penn State (.937).

Not a single Buckeye has a batting average ranked in the Top 10 in the league, though Jason Zoeller is close with his .395 batting average. Ranking individual ERAs, Cory Luebke is fourth at 1.82, while Dan DeLucia is sixth with his 2.05.

OHIO STATE SPRING BREAK
The Buckeyes went a perfect 8-0 on their spring break trip to Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla. Ohio State opened the week with an 11-3 victory over Northern Iowa at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota and then beat Bucknell 14-3 and Wisconsin-Milwaukee 4-1. It was the Buckeyes’ version of March Madness since all three of those schools had basketball teams in the NCAA tournament. The trip continued with a 4-2 win against Illinois-Chicago before a two-day layoff. Ohio State returned to beat Cornell 6-4, took two games in a doubleheader against Dartmouth, 4-1 and 5-3, before closing the trip with an 11-2 victory over Cornell.

Ohio State hit .321 in the eight games and finished with a 1.93 ERA in 70.0 innings in Florida. Sophomore Jason Zoeller hit .419 in eight starts split between second base and shortstop and was the only Buckeye to have a double-figure hit total, finishing with 13 in 31 at bats. Freshman Eric Fryer hit .400 in the seven games he played at catcher. Two of his eight hits were doubles. Junior Jedidiah Stephen batted .346 and two of his nine hits were home runs, while another two were doubles. He and junior designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh, who batted .391, each knocked in eight RBI. But senior first baseman Paul Farinacci drove in 10 runs as half of his eight hits were for extra bases, which included three doubles and a triple.

Cory Luebke and Trent Luyster each picked up two victories during the spring break trip. Luebke took a no hitter into the seventh inning in his complete game 4-1 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but ended the game allowing one run on four hits with a season-best nine strikeouts against no walks. He pitched eight innings against Dartmouth in his next outing and allowed only one run (unearned) on three hits with six strikeouts. In a seven-inning outing against Northern Iowa, Luyster allowed one run on five hits in his first win and then against Cornell got his fourth win of the season. Dan DeLucia, Rory Meister, Jeffrey Carroll and Trey Fausnaugh also picked up wins during spring break.

BUCKEYES FIND OFFENSE IN WINS IN JACKSONVILLE
Ohio State won two of three games at the Kennel Club Classic March 11-12 in Jacksonville. In the two wins Ohio State out-hit its opposition 19-18 in each game, beating North Florida 16-10 and Rider 15-9. In the loss, the Buckeyes gave up four runs in the eighth in a 4-3 loss.

Ohio State erupted for a season-high 19 hits in a 16-10 victory over North Florida March 11 at the Kennel Club Classic. The teams combined for 37 hits, but the Buckeyes hits were more timely. After only one hit in the first three innings, Ohio State had three big innings in the victory that evened the team’s record to 3-3. Ohio State scored three in the fourth inning, four in the fifth, one in the sixth and then seven runs in the seventh. Six runs crossed the plate in the seventh before the first out of the inning was recorded in the score book. Eight Buckeyes had multiple hits, including home runs by Jedidiah Stephen, a two-run shot in the seventh, Jason Zoeller, a three-run shot in the seventh, and Ronnie Bourquin, a solo shot in the ninth. Paul Farinacci and Schirtzinger each had three hits. Farinacci knocked in two runs and scored twice, while Schirtzinger drove in one run and scored once. Zoeller and Stephen each went 2-for-5 with three RBI. OSU starting pitcher Trent Luyster picked up his second win of the season to improve to 2-1.

In the loss to Bradley, Ohio State committed three errors in the bottom of the eighth inning and allowed the Braves to score four unearned runs in a 4-3 loss. The Buckeyes had scored twice in the first inning and added a run in the fifth and protected the 3-0 lead until poor defense allowed Bradley to take the lead in the eighth. Ohio State starter Dan DeLucia pitched well, but not as well as he did in his debut against Arizona State. He pitched six inning and allowed only two hits despite four walks. He also had four strikeouts, but did not factor in the decision. Brett Hatcher was pegged with the loss in his 2/3 of an inning after he allowed two runs on two hits. Five different Buckeyes accounted for the five hits. Zoeller, Caughenbaugh and Angle drove in the team’s three runs.

After giving up the lead in the top of the eighth inning, Ohio State battled back to score eight runs in the bottom of the inning on its way to a 15-9 victory over Rider. The Buckeyes had Rider in a 7-0 hole, but over the course of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, gave up eight runs to the Broncs and saw the lead vanish. Back-to-back doubles by Jason Zoeller and Ronnie Bourquin tied the game at eight. Bourquin went to third on a single by Adam Schneider and scored on a fielder’s choice by Paul Farinacci to give the Buckeyes a 9-8 lead, one it would not lose. Ohio State added six more runs in the inning on a total of six hits and three errors. Rider added a run in the top of the ninth to close within the 15-9 final score. Zoeller finished 5-for-6 in the game with two singles, two doubles and a triple, while knocking in three runs and scoring three times. Wes Schirtzinger added four hits with one run and one RBI and Bourquin added three hits with two runs and two RBI. Despite allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, Brett Hatcher got the benefit of his teammates offensive outburst in the bottom half of the inning to pick up his first win of the season. He improved to 1-1 on the season allowing two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.

OSU GOES 1-2 IN NORTH CAROLINA, PULLS UPSET OF NO. 4 TAR HEELS
The Buckeyes might have gone 1-2 at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C., but Ohio State did have some success in its third, fourth and fifth games against three of the top teams in college baseball. The Scarlet and Gray lost the opening game of the tournament, falling 4-3 to No. 7 Georgia, but rebounded to beat No. 4 North Carolina and Daniel Bard, 2-1. Arizona State handed Ohio State a 3-0 loss in the weekend finale.

Against Georgia, Ohio State scored first, but Georgia countered with a three-run home run in the third and a solo shot in the fifth and held on to down the Buckeyes 4-3 in the opening game. Georgia had taken a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning and kept Ohio State bats quiet until the eighth inning when it had three hits on reliever Joshua Fields. UGA starter Will Startup gave up a double to Bourquin to start the third, but retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. Those two hits came off the bats of Jason Zoeller, who singled in the top of the fourth, and Jacob Howell, who singled in the seventh.

Ohio State made the two runs in scored in the first inning hold up in a 2-1 upset of No. 4 North Carolina. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never surrendered it. Wes Schirtzinger singled deep in the hole at second base and Ronnie Bourquin followed with a walk. Jedidiah Stephen delivered Schirtzinger with a single down the right-field line and then Cody Caughenbaugh flew out to center, scoring Bourquin on the sac fly. OSU starter Trent Luyster kept the Tar Heels off the score board until the seventh inning when Chase Younts pulled UNC within a 2-1 score with a single to right-center field to score Seth Williams. Luyster improved to 1-1, while the Buckeyes gave Bard his first defeat against two wins. Trey Fausnaugh picked up his first save of the season in his second appearance.

Arizona State, who was playing its 21st game of the season, scored the only run it needed in the bottom of the fifth and added two more runs in the eighth to down Ohio State a 3-0 in a duel between pitchers. Each starting pitcher – Ohio State’s Dan DeLucia and Arizona State’s Pat Bresnehan – pitched great games from the opening pitch, but it was Bresnehan who had the timely offense to pick up his first victory of the season. For DeLucia, he allowed seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in his six-inning start. The difference was the run in the fifth. DeLucia, who got the loss, allowed four hits in the first four innings, but Arizona State scored its first run on three hits, including a one-out double by Andrew Romine. Ohio State could not turn three Sun Devil errors, including two in the first inning, into any offense. The Buckeyes left 11 base runners, including six in scoring position.

LUYSTER NAMED BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State senior pitcher Trent Luyster was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 North Carolina March 5 at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. Luyster allowed only one run while scattering seven hits over six innings. The senior left-hander from Flushing, Ohio (Harrison Central) struck out four batters while producing only one walk to boost Ohio State to its first win over a top 25 opponent since 2003, when OSU defeated Clemson and Auburn during NCAA regional play. Luyster, who returned to Ohio State after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs last year, is the only Buckeye player to be honored this season.

WIN VS. UNC THE 200TH SINCE 2000
The 2-1 Ohio State victory over North Carolina was the 200th win since the 2000 season. The Buckeyes now have a record of 211-111-1, the best in the Big Ten. During that time, Ohio State has made three trips to the NCAA tournament, including a super regional appearance in 2003 after sweeping through the NCAA Auburn Regional with wins over Clemson and Auburn. The Buckeyes also have the best record in the Big Ten since 1990, with a record of 634-293-2.

BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON 1-1
Ohio State opened the 2005 season with an 8-4 victory over Middle Tennessee Feb. 25, but lost its second game of the season, falling to Troy, 6-4, the next day. A third game at the Wiregrass Baseball Classic in Dothan, Ala., against Iowa was rained out.

Leading 2-1 against Middle Tennessee through 6 1/2 innings, Ohio State scored six runs in the bottom of the inning on its way to an 8-4 victory over Middle Tennessee. Jacob Howell, who finished 3-for-4 in the game, led off with a triple before back-to-back walks by Mike Rabin and Steve Caravati loaded the bases. Adam Schneider delivered a pinch-hit double to left-center field to score Rabin and Caravati to give Ohio State a 5-1 advantage. Jason Zoeller walked to load the bases and Paul Farinacci doubled to left-center field to clear the bases and build the Buckeye lead to 8-1.

Middle Tennessee added a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth to close within four runs. Buckeye starting pitcher Mike Madsen retired the first six batters of the game, including three strikeouts in the first inning.

Troy’s Blake Green launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie as Troy held on to down Ohio State, 6-4. Troy relied on the arm hometown standout Landon Brazell, a fifth-year Troy senior from Dothan, who came up just short of going the distance for the Trojans. He allowed four runs on nine hits, threw 127 pitches and faced three batters in the ninth inning before giving way to Ryan Ramsey, who recorded the final three outs of the game. Ohio State got to Brazell for two unearned runs in the ninth. Trent Luyster was tagged with the loss after pitching 5.0 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Rain washed out the final day of the Wiregrass Baseball Classic at Northcutt Field. Ohio State was scheduled to play a non-conference game vs. Iowa last Sunday, but steady rain coming off of the Gulf of Mexico forced the cancellation of game.

2005 TEAM CAPTAINS
The Buckeyes elected two fellow teammates to serve as team captains for the 2005 season: senior outfielders Steve Caravati and Mike Rabin. Caravati also was a captain during the 2004 campaign.

ON THE RADIO
Ohio State baseball games are being broadcast again this season on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM), which will broadcast a total of 40 regular-season games, plus all postseason contests. Neil Sika and Paul Barnes will call the action. Live audio is available on the Internet at www.wosu.org or by clicking a link at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

UP NEXT FOR THE BUCKEYES…
Ohio State welcomes Purdue to Bill Davis Stadium this weekend in the Big Ten home opener. The teams will play at 6:35 p.m. Friday before playing a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.