April 14, 2002
IOWA CITY, Iowa – A three run home run by Brad Carlson in the bottom of the fifth inning tied the game and paved the way for a 5-4 Iowa win over Ohio State in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Duane Banks Field.
The Hawkeyes (12-16 overall and 3-8 in the Big Ten) scored the winning run in the sixth inning and retired Ohio State batters in order in the seventh inning to claim the win and knock the Buckeyes into a first-place tie with Indiana after the Hoosiers took two games from Michigan State on Saturday. OSU had taken a one-game advantage after winning Friday combined with the Indiana loss Friday night.
In the nightcap between Ohio State and Iowa Saturday, the winning run scored on a sacrifice fly by Andy Jansen. Brian Bucklin scored on the play who was pinch running for Lance Guyer, who drew a pinch-hit walk to start the inning.
Ohio State (20-8-1, 8-3) built a two-run lead in the third inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central) and a base hit by Joe Wilkins (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto). Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) led off the inning with a base hit to right and then Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) singled through the left side to put two on for the Buckeyes. Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) flew out to centerfield and then Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) drew a walk to load the bases full of Buckeyes.
Dendinger’s sac fly moved all three runners up a base and scored Snavely, the second run for the Buckeyes. Then a base hit to right by Wilkins plated Garrard to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead.
That remained the score until Swisher blasted a shot over the fence in left field to give Ohio State a 4-1 lead. It was just the first home run by either team in the series and the fifth home run by Swisher this season. He now has 30 home runs for his career and is now tied for ninth with Ken Tirpack (1989-92) on the school’s career list.
Ohio State drew first blood scoring in the top of the first inning. Deeds drew a two-out walk and then a shot by Swisher through the legs of Mattiace, the third baseman, put runners at first and second. Dendinger’s base hit up the middle scored Deeds to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead.
Iowa tied the game 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning on hits by Jeff Gemley and Mattiace. Carlson hit into a 4-6-3 double play, but that allowed Gremley to tie the game.
After striking out the first two batters of the fifth inning, OSU starter Scott Lewis (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) walked Mattiace and then gave up a base hit to Jansen to bring the tying run to the plate. That batter was Carlson who launched a shot high over the rightfield fence and tie the game 4-4.
Lewis was pulled for Kyle Brown (Jr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House). Lewis pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up seven hits four runs, all earned. He struck out four and walked three. Brown gave up the winning run in the sixth and was charged with the loss as he fell to 0-1. Jeff Gilmore, the second relief pitcher for the Hawkeyes got his first win of the season, improving to 1-0.
The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will wrap up the series Sunday with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Duane Banks Field.