Feb. 28, 2004
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Drew Anderson doubled in the winning run to lift Ohio State to a 7-6 victory over Richmond in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament at Coastal Federal Field. The win by the Buckeyes was their first of the season in improving to 1-3.
With two on and two out in the top of the eighth inning, Anderson, a junior from Brownsburg, Ind. (Brownsburg), drove the first pitch from reliever Nate Kuchta into left-center field to score Jedidiah Stephen (So., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah). Stephen singled to right with one out and then moved to second when Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) walked. Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) reached on a fielder’s choice that moved Stephen to third and caught Howell at second.
The Buckeyes had squandered a 4-0 lead as Richmond went ahead 6-4 after a four-run fifth inning to go with a pair of runs it scored in the fourth.
Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) tied the game, 6-6, in the top of the seventh inning with a home run, his second of the season, over the fence in left field. Anderson doubled to the wall in left-centerfield and moved to third on a throwing error by LeNoir, the Spiders’ shortstop. Caravati sent a shot over the fence in left to tie the game.
Anderson finished the game 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a single to up his season average to .444. Caravati and Stephen each had two hits in the winning effort.
Ohio State scored first getting two runs in the top of the second inning without the aid of a hit. Paul Farinacci (Jr., Westlake Village, Ohio/Agoura) drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by Richmond third baseman David Thomas on a ball hit by Buckeye designated hitter Kris Moorman (Fr., St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry). The pair was bunted over by Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) before a wild pitch allowed Farinacci to score and Moorman to move to third. Moorman gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead when he scored on a squeeze bunt by Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton), who was safe at first on a second error by the Spiders, a throwing blunder by the catcher. In the third, Moorman scored Anderson on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Anderson delivered a one-out single and was batted to second on an infield hit by Caravati. After a double steal, Farinacci drew a walk to load the bases when Moorman flew out to right to score Anderson and lift the Buckeyes to a 3-0 score. Stephen tripled to deep center field with one out and then scored on an infield base hit by Rabin to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead.
Richmond got on the board on a two-RBI single by left fielder Vince Riggi. Josh Farkes led off the inning with a single to left field before Ohio State starter Josh Newman (Sr., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg) got A.J. Board to strike out. Andrew Justice singled to advance Farkes to second and then the pair moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Newman responded with a strikeout of Chris Dolan before the Riggi single to right that allowed both Riggi and Farkes to cross the plate and pull within a 4-2 score after four innings.
The Spiders tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth after three straight singles and a sacrifice to start the inning. Bobby LeNoir led off the inning with a single to right center and was followed with singles by Ben Zeskind and Jim Fasano. Fasano’s base hit up the middle scored LeNoir from second and put runners at the corners. A sacrifice fly by Farkes tied the game. Newman responded with a strikeout but gave up a two-run home run to Justice that allowed Richmond to pull ahead 6-4.
Garrard led off the Buckeye sixth with a double to left-center field, but was stranded there as Martin struck out the next three batters and then on defense retired the batters.
Justice and Riggi each finished 2-for-4 for Richmond, which fell to 3-1 on the season.
The win evened Newman’s record to 1-1, as came out of the game after the Buckeyes took the lead. He pitched seven innings, allowing all six Richmond runs on eight hits. He struck out six batters. Trey Fausnaugh (Fr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) came on for Newman before leaving after 1.1 innings in favor of Trent Luyster (Jr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central), who picked up his first career save. Kuchta, the Richmond reliever, was tagged with the loss, his first defeat of the season (0-1).
The Buckeyes will come back to face Kent State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. before closing the tournament Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. game against Coastal Carolina.