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May 5, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team cruised to a 12-4 non-conference, mid-week victory over Cleveland State Wednesday in front of a season-high 3,930 fans as part of CPS Day at Ohio State. More than 3,000 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools attended the game after an educational pep rally in the morning at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

CPS Day was geared to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education and the importance of staying in school.

The sixth-graders were welcomed to campus by the Ohio State cheerleaders, mascot Brutus Buckeye and members of the Ohio State band. Archie Griffin, President/CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association, Ohio State football fullback Dionte Johnson (Eastmoor Academy), women’s basketball center Jessica Davenport (Independence) and track and field’s Pannsy Henry (Marion Franklin) participated in the pep rally at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The day also featured a pre-game lunch at Bill Davis Stadium and a college fair, which included colleges from across the university setting up displays for the students to learn about the opportunities available at Ohio State.

Dr. Marvenia Bosley, deputy superintendent of Columbus Public Schools, threw out the first pitch along with Kyle Bergamo, the winner of a baseball game program cover contest.

Three students were guest public address announcers for an inning and selected student reporters met members of the media.

For more information about CPS Day and a full photo gallery please visit the Good Sports webpage at http://ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com/goodsports/osu-goodsports.html.