May. 1, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State fought back from a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the fourth and six runs in the next three innings and held on to beat Indiana 10-8 Sunday in the series finale at Bill Davis Stadium. The win clinched the series for the Buckeyes, three games to one, and improved the records to 23-15 overall and 7-10 in the Big Ten.
Trailing by three runs entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State scored three runs to tie the game. Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a single through the right side by Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover). A beautiful bunt down the third-base line by Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) loaded the bases. Indiana coach Bob Morgan lifted starter Brad Davidson in favor of Chris McCombs, but the reliever walked pinch hitter Cody Caughenbaugh (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley). His wild pitch yielded another run before a sacrifice by Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) tied the game.
The Buckeyes were able to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, turning a lead-off hit up the middle by Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) into the go-ahead run. Fryer stole second and when Weigle, the Hoosier catcher, bounced the throw to second into centerfield, he went to third before scoring on a passed ball to give Ohio State a 5-4 lead.
Zoeller led off the sixth inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on a single up the middle by Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) to give the Buckeyes a two-run lead, before they erupted for four runs in the seventh. Caravati led off with his first home run of the season just inside the left-field foul pole. It was the first home run for the senior co-captain since April 30, 2004 at Indiana. Bourquin followed with a single to center and then with one out, Zoeller was hit by reliever Joe Trucchio, who had entered the game in the fifth. That was his last pitch as Morgan went to Clint Crosier, but he walked his first batter to load the bases. Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) singled to center to score both Bourquin and Zoeller and when centerfielder Reggie Watson misplayed the ball, Stephen went to third and Farinacci reached second. Fryer doubled down the right line to score Stephen and give the Buckeyes a 10-4 lead. Indiana countered the Buckeye four-spot with four runs of its own in the top of the eighth to pull within the 10-8 final score.
Caravati and Fryer each finished 3-for-4 with one home run, while Caravati scored twice and Fryer once. Bourquin was 2-for-5 and Stephen was 2-for-3, though it was the Hoosiers that led the teams in hits, 16-14. Watson was 3-for-6 and Boswell was 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Indiana jumped out of the gate with two runs in the first inning without a hit. After retiring the first two batters of the game OSU starter Trent Luyster (Sr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central) hit the next to batters before walking Corby Heckman to put three on for Zach Boswell, who fired a shot into right field to score both Joe Kemp and Ryan Parker, who reached after getting plunked by Luyster.
The Buckeyes cashed in on a lead-off triple by Stephen when Farinacci sacrificed himself with a fly out to right. Stephen’s first triple of the year and the fourth of his career pulled the Buckeyes within a 2-1 score.
The Hoosiers, 22-22 overall and 5-15 in the Big Ten, took a 4-1 lead in the fourth when Jay Brant knocked in two with a double to left-center field. Kurt Weigle doubled to right with one out and then with two outs, Watson singled through the right side to put runners at the corners for Brant, who sent a ball to the gap to extend the Indiana lead to three runs.
Luyster did not factor into the decision since the Buckeyes were able to tie the game after he departed when he allowed Indiana to jump out 4-1. Luyster has not factored into a decision since April 8 against Purdue. He handed over the ball to Jeffrey Carroll (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) with two out in the fourth. Carroll pitched 2.1 innings and kept Indiana off the scoreboard despite five hits. He walked one and struck out one to improve to 2-0 on the year. Rory Mesiter (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison), who finished the game after an inning of work by Trey Fausnaugh (So., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall), allowed only two Hoosier hits in his final two innings to pick up his second save in as many games.
Ohio State will welcome Cleveland State to Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday for a non-conference, midweek matinee in front of 3,000 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools. The first pitch will be at 12:05 p.m. and will be broadcast solely on the Internet at www.wosu.org.