April 29, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored a pair of runs in each the fourth and fifth innings as it clinched the series against Purdue with a 4-1 triumph in the nightcap of a Big Ten doubleheader in front of 2,184 fans Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes have won the first three games of the series with the final game to be played Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Purdue scored it only run in the top of the second inning, turning a lead off walk by Ryne White into a score without the aid of a hit. He went to second on a balk and to third on a wild pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Eric Nielsen gave the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes moved in front with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) drew a one-out walk and went to second on a balk. A base hit by Jedidiah Stephen (Sr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) moved Bourquin over to third and then an errant throw by Purdue second baseman Kyle Reesing past first base allowed him to score to tie the game.
Stephen stole second and was awarded third base when Reesing was called for interference when he attempted to field the throw from catcher Eric Nielsen. Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) drew a two-out walk to put runners at the corners for Wes Schirtzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North), who singled through the right side to plate Stephen.
The Buckeyes plated two more runs in the fifth to take a 4-1 advantage. Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) singled through the right side and then went to second on a base hit through the left side by Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg). Bourquin followed with a single to right that scored Angle from second and set Fryer to third. He scored on Stephen’s sacrifice fly to right to extend the lead to three runs.
Jake Hale (Fr., Albany, Ohio/Alexander) pitched the second complete game of the day by Buckeye pitching, allowing the lone run on just three hits in the seven-inning outing. He evened his record to 3-3 with his second complete game as a Buckeye. Ricky Heines, who entered the game with a sterling 4-0 record was sent out of the game in the fifth and saddled with his first loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked four and struck out three before handing the game over to Chris Toneguzzi, who did not allow a run, but surrendered three hits in 1.2 innings.
Angle finished 2-for-2 in the game and Schirtzinger was 2-for-3, though it was Bourquin, Stephen and Schirtzinger who batted in runs for the Buckeyes. Mitch Hilligoss, John Cummins and Dane Wolfe accounted for the Boilermakers’ three hits. Purdue had two errors, while Ohio State played error-free for the third straight game.
Ohio State (27-13 overall, 12-7 in the Big Ten) and Purdue (22-18, 8-11) will close the series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.