April 6, 2002%^$

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – A two-run double in the fifth inning by catcher Joe Wilkins (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) capped a five-run fifth inning by Ohio State to pave the way to a 7-6 victory over Penn State in the first of two games Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium.%^$

%^$Ohio State scored five times in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead. Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) and Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) started the inning with base hits. Swisher scored Garrard on his single to left. Doug Dendinger drew a walk to load the bases for Wilkins’ heroics.%^$

%^$Wilkins went 2-for-4, scoring twice with a pair of runs batted in. Both hits were doubles. Leftfielder Mike Rabin (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) also finished with a pair of hits.%^$

%^$Penn State picked up a pair of hits, a double by Wes Reohr and a single by Brian Bishop, to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Reohr was moved to third on a ground out by Clint Eury and scored on a balk by OSU starter Josh Newman (So., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg). Chris Wright, who walked to get on base moved to second on the balk and was then scored on the single by Bishop.%^$

%^$Wilkins got things going in the bottom of the second with a one-out double to right-centerfield. Drew Anderson (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) reached on a fielding error by Nittany Lion second baseman Mike DeRenzo that also moved Wilkins to third. Penn State starter Clayton Hamilton walked designated hitter Lance Rolston (Jr., Athens, Ohio/Alexander) to load the bases and then a base hit by Rabin scored Wilkins. A ground out by Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) scored Anderson to tie the game 2-2.%^$

%^$DeRenzo extended his hit streak to 20 games with a single to deep short to lead off the inning and then eventually scored on a grounder to short by Eury to break the tie.%^$

%^$The Nittany Lions opened up the game in the fourth inning scoring three times to take a 6-2 lead. Newman started the inning with retiring the first two batters, but then walked two of the next three batters, hitting the other with a pitch. He walked DeRenzo to plate Richmond and then a single down the leftfield line by Reohr scored both Showalter and Milliron.%^$

%^$Newman got the win for the Buckeyes improving to 5-2 on the year. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing all six runs on six hits. Only three of the six runs were earned. Hamilton got the loss for Penn State to fall to 1-3 this season. Brandon Steen (Hendersonville, Tenn.) picked up his second save for the season after pitching 1 2/3 innings allowing just one hit while striking out three.%^$

%^$The two teams play another game Saturday night before concluding the four-game series%^$