April 29, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State tallied the game’s only runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on its way to a 4-0 shutout victory of Purdue in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium.
After getting a runner to third base in the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Buckeyes finally plated the runner in the fifth and added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) reached on the third fielding error of the game by third baseman John Hunter and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wes Schirtzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North). A wild pitch moved him to third with just one out. Justin Miller (Fr., Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) drew a walk to put runners at the corners.
Ohio State was looking for the sacrifice, but J.B. Shuck (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion) did not send the ball deep enough to left and the runners had to stay put. Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) followed with a two-run double to the wall in centerfield to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead. Purdue starter Dan Sattler hit Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) before a single to right-center field by Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) drove home Angle. Jedidiah Stephen capped the scoring when he plated Fryer with a single to left-center field.
Buckeye starting pitcher Cory Luebke (So., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) hurled his fourth complete game of the season and pitched his first shutout of the year to improve to 5-4. Luebke allowed five hits, but did not walk or strikeout a batter. The shutout was the second this season by the Buckeyes. Ohio State also shutout Cornell (6-0) on March 21. In that game, Dan DeLucia (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) and Shuck combined for the shutout effort. Sattler pitched all six innings against Ohio State and allowed four runs (none earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out three to fall to 3-6 this year. His defense committed three errors.
Bourquin and Schirtzinger each had two hits to lead the Buckeyes. Bourquin was 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Schirtzinger was 2-for-2.
The series continues with the second game of the doubleheader immediately after this game and will conclude Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.