April 30, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State struck out a season-best 12 batters, including a career-high eight strikeouts by starter Mike Madsen, and Rory Meister picked up his first career to fuel the Buckeyes to a 7-3 victory over Indiana to sweep a doubleheader Saturday in front of 3,612, the largest crowd of the season.
The Scarlet and Gray sprinted out to an early lead and slapped nine hits. Ohio State scored three runs in the first inning. Matt Angle (Fr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) led off the bottom of the first with a single through the left side and went to third on a throwing error by Hoosier catcher Kurt Weigle who fielded a bunt by Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East). Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) drew a walk to load the bases before Angle scored on a ground out by Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South). After the second out of the inning, Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) sent a shot up the middle to score both Rabin and Caravati and give Ohio State a 3-0 lead.
Indiana scored a run in the top of the third when Joe Kemp drove in Reggie Watson, who was hit by a pitch with one out and then stole second to set up the score off the bat of Kemp to make the score 3-1.
The Buckeyes got that run back and one more in the bottom of the inning to build its lead to four runs. Bourquin drew a walk to lead off the inning and went to third on a base hit through the right side by Zoeller. Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) sacrificed himself with a fly out to right in order to score Bourquin and then a two-out single to right-center field by Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) scored Zoeller for the second run of the inning and a 5-1 lead. Madsen, a senior from Canfield, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), limited the Hoosiers to only two hits in the first four innings. He struck out his seventh batter of the game to start the fifth inning, but then gave up a single to left-center field by Tyler Cox. Madsen responded with his career-high eighth strikeout of the game, but walked the next two batters to load the bases. Ryan Parker drove in Cox and Jay Brant to pull the Hoosiers within two runs, 5-3.
With runners at the corners and designated hitter Zach Boswell representing the tying run, OSU coach Bob Todd went to his bullpen for reliever Rory Mesiter (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison), who came in and got Boswell to ground out to first to end any scoring threat. Mesiter got a fly out and a pair of strikeouts to breeze through the sixth.
Angle led off the bottom of the inning with his third hit of the game, a single to left-center field and went to second when Rabin reached on a fielding error by Cox, the Hoosier second baseman, on a ball that was a tailor-made, double play. A bunt down the third-base line by Wes Schirtzinger (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) loaded the bases for Bourquin. Bourquin’s fielder’s choice grounder to second allowed Angle to score and a ground out to second by designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley) allowed Rabin to score the Buckeyes’ seventh run of the game.
Meister returned in the seventh to get a ground out and two more strikeouts to retire all seven batters he faced to pick up his first save as a Buckeye. Madsen lasted 4.2 innings and struck out eight while walking three. He allowed three runs on four hits to win his 21st game at Ohio State.
Angle and Zoeller each went 3-for-4. Zoeller batted in two runs and scored once, while Angle scored twice.
Ohio State climbed out of the bottom of the Big Ten standings with the doubleheader sweep. The Buckeyes are now 6-10 in the conference and improved their overall record to 22-15, while Indiana dropped to 22-20 overall and 5-14 in the league.
The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and on the Ineternet at www.wosu.org.