April 28, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After losing the first two games of the series to Purdue, Ohio State battled back to shutout the Boilermakers 8-0 in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State, now 24-13-1 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten, got its first two batters of the game across the plate. Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) had led off the game for the Buckeyes with a double to left field and then scored on a double down the rightfield line by Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg). Garrard moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central).
Dendinger and Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) each had two-run home runs for the Buckeyes in the bottom of the fifth to give Ohio State a 6-0 lead. Deeds’ blast was his second of the day in the 10th of the season. He had a two-run long ball in the third inning of the suspended game. The dinger by Dendinger was his fourth of the season.
Ohio State went on to add two runs in the bottom of the sixth. A sacrifice by Deeds scored pinch hitter Lance Rolston (Jr., Athens, Ohio/Alexander) and then a base hit through the left side by Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) scored Mike Rabin (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East).
Both Deeds and Dendinger each batted in three runs though the home runs were the only hits by the pair. Deeds had a sacrifice fly in the sixth, while Dendinger’s sac fly was in the opening inning. Josh Newman (So., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg) went the distance for the Buckeyes to earn his team-leading seventh win of the year. He struck out three and walked two as the Boilermakers had six hits. Purdue starter Brent Coudron fell to 3-3 on the year with the loss.
Ohio State and Purdue will close out the four game series with one more game on Sunday.