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May 19, 2001%^$

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nearly one full day after game five of the Big Ten%^$Baseball Tournament was suspended because of rain, No. 1-seed Ohio State%^$(42-15) and No. 5 Penn State (29-28) resumed play at Bill Davis Stadium%^$Saturday. The Nittany Lions assured they would remain in Columbus for%^$at least one more day, staving off elimination with a 4-3 win over the%^$Buckeyes.%^$

%^$ Penn State advances to play Michigan at 9:05 a.m Sunday. Ohio State will play the loser of the%^$Minnesota-Illinois game tonight at 7:05 p.m.%^$

%^$Twenty-three hours and 13 minutes after the game was halted, it was%^$restarted in the bottom of the third inning. PSU wasted little time and%^$took a 1-0 lead. Willie Melendez led off with a walk off OSU reliever%^$Josh Newman. Two batters later, Melendez scored on a single up the%^$middle by Rod Perry. In the bottom half of the inning, the Buckeyes%^$fired back. Joe Wilkins led off with a walk. Later in the inning, he%^$scored on a two out base hit by Mike Check.%^$

%^$In the top of the fifth inning, the Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead. Nick%^$Swisher led off and tied a Big Ten Tournament record with his third walk%^$of the game. Swisher drew another base on balls in the top of the ninth%^$to set the tournament record. A double by Doug Deeds pushed Swisher to%^$third base. John Mayor followed and gave OSU its first lead of the%^$ballgame with a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Swisher. In the%^$bottom half of the inning, the Nittany Lions tied the game. With two%^$outs, Mike DeRenzo scored on a single by Chris Netwall.%^$

%^$Both starting pitchers did not return to the game after the restart.%^$OSU’s Kevin Goodrum went two innings, did not allow a hit, walked one%^$batter and fired four strikeouts. PSU’s Mike Watson went three innings,%^$gave up two hits, walked five batted and recorded two strikeouts.%^$

%^$Josh Newman (8-3) picked up on the mound for the Buckeyes, going four%^$innings. He allowed six hits, four earned runs and struck out one. After%^$allowing two hits in the bottom of the seventh inning, Newman was%^$replaced on the mound by Brandon Steen.%^$

%^$The first batter Steen faced, third baseman Chris Wright, slapped a%^$two-RBI single to right field to push the Nittany Lions ahead, 4-2. Left%^$fielder Rod Perry had led off the inning with a single to left field and%^$moved to third base when second baseman Mike Derenzo followed with a%^$double to the warning track in left field. Both came home on Wright’s%^$double.%^$

%^$OSU cut the PSU lead to 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Christian%^$Snavely singled to left field with one out. Catcher Joe Wilkins followed%^$with a single to right field. Lance Rolston, pinch-hitting for Trent%^$McIlvain, plated Snavely with a single up the middle. Wilkins moved to%^$third, but the Buckeyes couldn’t bring him home to tie the score. OSU%^$stranded 13 runners in the contest, leaving the bases loaded three%^$times.%^$

%^$ David Aardsma (3-5) picked up the win in relief for Penn State.%^$He went six innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs. He walked%^$four and fanned four.%^$

%^$Postgame Quotes
%^$Ohio State head coach Bob Todd
%^$”We may have lost this game yesterday in terms of leaving runners on%^$base. We left 13 runners on base. Three different innings we left the%^$bases loaded. You can’t do that in a one-run ballgame. We left seven%^$runners on in the first innings yesterday, then duplicated that today.%^$Offensively, we didn’t generate enough offense.”%^$

%^$Josh Newman
%^$”I didn’t have my best stuff today. You can’t give guys free passes. I%^$didn’t have command of any of my pitches.”%^$

%^$Penn State head coach Joe Hindelang
%^$”I have the utmost respect for Ohio State and Coach Todd and what he has%^$done here. For us to come here and beat them when we are playing out of%^$the losers’ bracket is huge for us. I’m proud of our players.”