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April 28, 2002%^$

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – After losing the first two games of the series to Purdue, Ohio State battled back to shutout the Boilermakers 8-0 in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium.%^$

%^$Ohio State, now 24-13-1 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten, got its first two batters of the game across the plate. Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) had led off the game for the Buckeyes with a double to left field and then scored on a double down the rightfield line by Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg). Garrard moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central).%^$

%^$Dendinger and Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) each had two-run home runs for the Buckeyes in the bottom of the fifth to give Ohio State a 6-0 lead. Deeds’ blast was his second of the day in the 10th of the season. He had a two-run long ball in the third inning of the suspended game. The dinger by Dendinger was his fourth of the season.%^$

%^$Ohio State went on to add two runs in the bottom of the sixth. A sacrifice by Deeds scored pinch hitter Lance Rolston (Jr., Athens, Ohio/Alexander) and then a base hit through the left side by Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) scored Mike Rabin (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East).%^$

%^$Both Deeds and Dendinger each batted in three runs though the home runs were the only hits by the pair. Deeds had a sacrifice fly in the sixth, while Dendinger’s sac fly was in the opening inning.%^$

%^$Josh Newman (So., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg) went the distance for the Buckeyes to earn his team-leading seventh win of the year. He struck out three and walked two as the Boilermakers had six hits. Purdue starter Brent Coudron fell to 3-3 on the year with the loss.%^$

%^$Ohio State and Purdue will close out the four game series with one more game on Sunday.%^$