COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State was victimized by a grand slam and good pitching Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium as the Buckeyes lost to Purdue, 8-0. Ohio State falls to 18-14 overall and 7-6 in the Big Ten, while Purdue improves to 19-16 and 11-3 in conference play.

Purdue took control of the game with a five-run third inning. Alex Jaffe led off with a double, and Brandon Haveman drove him home with a single. After another single, a walk and a strikeout, Dan Black hit a two-out grand slam to right center to give the Boilermakers a 5-0 lead.

After Purdue’s big inning, a steady rain delayed the game for one hour and 53 minutes. Play resumed at 3:30 p.m., and both starting pitchers, Ohio State’s Dan DeLucia and Purdue’s Matt Jansen, returned to the mound.

The Buckeyes collected their first hits of the game in the fourth inning. J.B. Shuck doubled to left with two outs. Justin Miller followed with a single to left, but Purdue left fielder Jordan Comadena threw out Shuck at the plate to end the inning and keep Ohio State scoreless.

Black hurt the Buckeyes with his bat again in the fifth with another two-out homer to right center, this time a two-run shot to increase Purdue’s lead to 7-0. The Boilermakers added another run in the sixth when Ben Wolgamot’s infield single to short scored Nick Overmyer.

DeLucia, making his first start since March 29, suffered the loss, dropping his record to 1-2. He allowed seven runs in five innings, walking two and striking out four. Jansen threw a complete game shutout, scattering six hits with three strikeouts and no walks over seven innings.

The second game of the doubleheader was rescheduled for Sunday due to the threat of rain for the remainder of the day. Two games will be played on Sunday. The first will be a seven-inning game starting at 1:05 p.m, while the second game will be nine innings long.

Game Notes and Good Stuff:

  • Dan Black’s grand slam in the third was the first grand slam given up by the Buckeyes this season. Incidentally, the last time Ohio State gave up a grand slam was against the Boilermakers, when Ryne White cleared the bases on April 28, 2007 at West Lafayette.
  • The Buckeyes have now been shut out four times this season. That is the most times they have been shut out since 1989, when they were also shut out four times.
  • With two hits, J.B. Shuck had his 13th multi-hit game of the season. That ties him with Cory Kovanda for the most on the team.
  • Pitcher Jared Strayer made his second appearance for the Buckeyes this season. He allowed an unearned run in the sixth inning.
  • Lasting just one hour and 43 minutes, today’s game was the shortest game for Ohio State this season.