May 13, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. – Ohio State scored six run in the first inning and added another in the third and got the second straight complete game by Dan DeLucia on its way to a 7-2 victory Friday in the opening game of a four-game Big Ten series at Rocky Miller Park. The Buckeyes have won nine straight and 11 of their last 12 to improve to 29-15 overall and 12-10 in the Big Ten.
The first six Buckeye batters reached base and Ohio State scored four runs before the first out of the game was in the book and then scored twice more to take a 6-0 lead before Northwestern went to the plate. Matt Angle (Fr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) beat out an infield single and then went to second on a throwing error on Wildcat second baseman Mark Bennett. Angle scored on a single through the right side by Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) for the first run of the game.
Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) and Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) reached with infield singles to load the bases before Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) drew a walk to another run. Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) drove in two more with a single through the left side. Northwestern starter Evan Blesoff got a strike out and a fly out, but Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) drove in the fifth and sixth runs of the inning.
Antonio Mule put the Wildcats on the board with a solo home run with one out in the second inning. The long ball cleared the wall in right field and was his third home run of the season. Ohio State countered with another run in the third to reclaim a six-run lead. Rabin’s sacrifice fly scored Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura), who led off with a single through the right side. Northwestern pulled within a 7-2 score in the bottom of the third on a single to left by Mark Ori that plated Aaron Newman, who reached on a fielder’s choice that nabbed Bennett at second.
From that point, it became a pitchers’ duel and neither team had a hit. DeLucia a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson) retired eight in a row, including the first two outs in the sixth inning before Anthony Wycklendt reached on an error by Zoeller, the Buckeye second baseman. DeLucia followed by fanning Mule and then retired all three batters in the seventh before a Bourquin error that allowed Aaron Newman to reach to start the eighth. DeLucia retired the final six batters of the game to improve to 4-4 on the year. He struck out four batters in the game and did not walk a batter, giving up the two runs on five hits in the nine-inning outing.
After the Buckeyes got their seventh run in the third inning, Blesoff heated up to retire 18 straight batters before walking Angle to start the ninth. He got three fly outs to end the game, but fell to 4-6 on the year in his complete-game effort. He allowed the seven runs on eight hits, all in the first three innings. He struck out six and walked three.
Fryer led Ohio State at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the first inning on a base hit up the middle. Howell had two RBI in a 1-for-4 day and Zoeller got credit for an RBI with his first-inning walk. Seven different Buckeyes had a single. Northwestern, which fell to 22-24 overall and 10-15 in the Big Ten, was led by two hits from Pat McMahon.
The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at 2:05 p.m. before concluding the series Sunday with a single game at 2:05 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org, while the series finale also will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM).