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April 8, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State was within two runs entering the ninth inning, but Purdue used a pair of hits and two errors to get past the Buckeyes 7-1 Friday night to spoil the Big Ten home opener for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State has now lost six straight games and dropped to 0-5 in the conference.

Trailing 3-1 entering the ninth, OSU starter Trent Luyster (Sr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central) gave up back-to-back one-out singles to prompt head coach Bob Todd to go to his bullpen, bringing in Trey Fausnaugh (So., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall). Tyler Heck sent a ground ball to OSU first baseman Paul Farinacci, who tried to nab a runner at second, but instead, the errant throw allowed Spencer Ingaldson to score. A walk to Mike Coles loaded the bases and Eric Osborn, who had one of the two singles earlier in the inning, scored on a wild pitch. Fausnaugh struck out John Phegley, but a fielding error by third baseman Chris Macke (Fr., Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute) allowed both Heck and Coles to score as the Boilermakers built a six-run lead.

The Buckeyes went in order in the ninth, just like they had in four other innings. In fact, Ohio State did not have a hit after the fifth inning. Its biggest inning of the game was when it scored its lone run in the second inning on three hits. Cody Caughenbaugh (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley) added a hit in the fourth and Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) delivered a double in the fifth. The Buckeye left only five base runners in the game, three of which were in scoring position.

Ohio State had five hits compared to eight for Purdue. Scott Byrnes gave up one run on five hits and struck out three in seven innings of work to improve to 2-3 on the year, while Trae Dauby came in to pick up his first save of the season. Luyster pitched a solid game, striking out a career-high 10 batters, but did not get the run support he needed, losing his second straight game. He is now 4-3 on the year. Luyster struck out the side in the third and seventh innings.

After a scoreless first inning, Purdue jumped on the Buckeyes for two runs in the top of the second. Luyster hit Eric Wolfe to lead off the inning. Ingaldson singled to center with one out to put runners at first and second for Osborn, who singled up the middle to score Wolfe and Heck’s sacrifice bunt scored Ingaldson to give the Boilermakers a 2-0 lead.

Ohio State got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) doubled with one out and then scored on a double by Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) to pull within one run.

Osborn led off the fifth inning with a single to left-center and went to second on a passed ball. After a fly out and a pop out, John Phegley doubled down the left-field line to plate Osborn and extend the Purdue lead to two runs, 3-1. Osborn was 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Ingaldson was 2-for-4 and scored twice to lead the Boilermakers.

The Buckeyes, now 13-10 overall, had not started 0-5 in the Big Ten since 1936 when they began 0-9. The five-game league losing skid is the longest since the 1987 season, when they lost six in a row.

The teams continue the series with a doubleheader Saturday at 1:05 p.m. before concluding the series Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The Sunday game will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) while all three games will broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org.