April 1, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa got its first hit to lead off the fourth inning and then used a pair of Ohio State errors and two more hits in the inning before adding three more runs in the fifth as it beat the Buckeyes 7-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Duane Banks Field.
The Buckeyes scored their first run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Hawkeye starting pitcher Jeff Maitland walked Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) and then after a strikeout was nabbed a second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Wes Schirtzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North). He stole second and then scored on a single to right-center field by the hot-hitting Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy), who ran his hit streak to 12 games, the longest by a Buckeye this season.
Ohio State was cruising along with the one-run lead and starter Jake Hale (Fr., Albany, Ohio/Alexander) had not allowed a hit through the first three innings.
That changed in the bottom of the fourth, when Travis Sweet led off the inning with a single up the middle to break up the early no-hit bid. He stole second and when catcher Josh Hula (Fr., Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) fired trying to nab him at second, he was able to get to third when the throw sailed into center field. Dusty Napolean reached on a throwing error by Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) on a ground ball that allowed Sweet to score the equalizing run. After Hale struck out Wes Freie and got Kevin Hoef to ground out, but back-to-back two-out hits by Jeff Engel and Skyler Moss put Iowa up 3-1.
After the Buckeyes left their fourth runner of the game in scoring position in the fifth inning, Hale left the game after giving a one-out single to right by Jason White and a walk to Sweet. OSU skipper Bob Todd brought in Josh Barrera (Fr., Somerset, Ohio/Sheridan). On his first pitch, both base runners stole the next base. A wild pitch allowed White to score and put Sweet at third. On a ground ball by Napolean, Zoeller, the Buckeye second baseman, through home, but Sweet beat the throw on the fielder’s choice. The Buckeyes’ third error of the game led to the third run of the inning and gave the Hawkeyes a 6-1 lead when Napolean scored from second when Engel’s grounder went between the legs of first baseman Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg).
Another Hawkeye run crossed in the sixth to go up six runs, 7-1, utilizing a hit and the fourth Buckeye error of the contest. Just two of Iowa’s seven runs were earned.
White led the Hawkeyes in going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Ohio State got 2-for-3 efforts from Fryer and Zoeller. Jeff Maitland allowed one earned run on eight hits in a complete-game victory (3-0), while Hale fell to 1-2 on the year after allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Ohio State had its five-game win streak snapped and fell to 13-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while Iowa improved to 11-9 and 1-1
The second game of the doubleheader will be played 30 minutes following the conclusion of this game. The series is scheduled to conclude with a single game Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The games will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.