Oct. 14, 2005

Box Score | Series Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Scarlet came back from a 6-0 deficit to down the Gray 8-6 in the final game of the Scarlet and Gray World Series Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. Gray won the first two games and outscored Scarlet 19-13 in the three games to claim the series. Gray won the first two games, 7-2 and 6-3.

Friday, Scarlet made the score 6-1 in the third and then scored three runs in each the fourth and fifth innings before adding a final run in the sixth.

Justin Miller’s (Fr., Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) sacrifice fly in the third scored Jacob Howell (Jr. Ashland, Ohio/Ashland), who led off the inning with an infield single to short. Scarlet got three runs in the fourth, getting three straight hits to start the inning before an error plated the inning’s first run, represented by Michael Arp (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio), who led off the inning with a single up the middle. A second run scored on a sac fly by Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) that allowed Jonathan Zizzo (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Sarasota [Fla.]) to score. Zizzo had followed Arp’s hit with a shot through the left side. J.B. Shuck (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion), the starting pitcher for the Scarlet and now playing centerfield, singled to right and plated Matt Curran (Fr., Wormleysburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff), who provided the third straight hit to start the inning, a shot to center field. The three runs pulled Scarlet within a 6-4 score.

Just as they had the inning before, Arp, Zizzo and Curran crossed the plate for the Scarlet in the fifth. Arp led off the inning with a single to left. Zizzo walked and Curran loaded the bases with a base hit through the right side. Taylor Barnes (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) walked Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) to score the first run of the inning and Zizzo tied the game when he scored on a fielder’s choice by Howell. Schneider gave Scarlet the lead with a second straight sac fly that enabled Curran to score. Miller’s double to lead off the sixth, turned into the game’s final run. He went to third on a ground out Chris Griffin (Fr., Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) and scored when Zizzo doubled to right-center field.

Gray scored first crossing the plate twice in the second inning. Kris Moorman (Jr., St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry) reached on a one-out throwing error and then went to second on a single through the left side by Zach Hurley (Fr., Springboro, Ohio/Springboro). Moorman stole third and then scored on a suicide squeeze by Ben Toussant (Fr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington). Hurley moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an infield single by Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling).

Another four Gray runs scored in the third to build a 6-0 lead. Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on an infield single by Jedidiah Stephen (Sr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah). He scored on a single to shallow center by Toussant that also scored Stephen to build a four-run lead. Hurley, who walked to reach base, scored on a double down the left-field line by Seth Sanders (Fr., Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) that sent Toussant to third. Toussant scored on a ground out by Nick Steponovich (Fr., Columbia, Mo./Hickman).

Four different players – Shuck, Arp, Zizzo and Curran – tallied two hits in the game. Schneider and one hit and knocked in two runs thanks to a pair of sac flies. Zoeller also plated two runs. Stephen had two hits to lead the Gray. Scarlet out hit Gray 12-6. Each team had one error.

Eric Best (Fr., Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) got the win for the Scarlet. He struck out three and walked one in two scoreless innings. Barnes took the loss for the Gray.

For the series, Zizzo batted .500 (4-for-8) with three RBI. Zoeller batted .455 (5-for-11) with two RBI. Shuck was the only other player from either team to bat .400. He was 4-for-10 with two RBI. Bourquin and Kennedy each belted in three RBI.

Ohio State begins the 2006 season at the Pepsi Baseball Classic in Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 24-26. The Buckeyes open against Wake Forest and will play Florida, the runnerup at the 2005 College World Series, and Missouri.