Feb. 24, 2007
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TAMPA, Fla. – Ohio State relief pitching could not hold on to a two-run lead to Kansas State as the Wildcats scored two runs in the eighth inning to claim a 5-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at the Buckeye Baseball Classic at the New York Yankees Player Development Complex.
The Buckeyes took a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning, gave up a run in the fifth and gave up the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth inning. OSU starter Cory Luebke (Jr., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) left the game after seven innings after throwing 96 pitches. He gave way to freshman Josh Edgin (Three Springs, Pa./Mercersburg Academy), who was tagged with the loss in his Buckeye debut.
Edgin hit to batters in the inning, including lead-off batter Drew Biery. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on a single through the left side by J.J. Muse. He responded to catch pinch hitter Tyler Link looking at strike three before surrendering an RBI double to Brett Scott that scored the winning run. Edgin hit another batter before giving way to Rory Meister (Jr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) who finished the game.
Luebke did not factor into the decision after allowing three runs (one earned) with five strikeouts in seven innings. Edgin took the loss (0-1) while K-State reliever Tyler Ruch got the win. He started the seventh in place of starter Ben Hornbeck.
Ohio State struck first turning a one-out double by Jacob Howell (Sr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) into a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. He went to third on a single by Eric Fryer (Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) and scored on a sacrifice fly by J.B. Shuck (So., Galion, Ohio/Galion) that was chased down by K-State rightfielder Jordan Cruz.
The Wildcats evened the score with a sacrifice fly of its own in the top of the third. Ohio State regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on a lead-off walk by Matt Angle (Jr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling). Angle reached second on a failed pickoff attempt and was bunted over to third before scoring on Fryer’s double down the right-field line. K-State came back with a run in the fourth to tie the score 2-2.
Angle gave the Buckeyes a two-run lead with a triple in the fourth inning. Michael Arp (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) led off the inning with a single to shallow right field and advanced to second on another failed pick off try. Jason Zoeller (Sr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) drove him home with a liner into left-center. Two outs later, Angle sent a rocket to the left-center field gap to plate Zoeller and build a 4-2 lead.
The Buckeyes could not keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Adam Muenster led off with a triple to left-center field and scored on a ground out by Jordan Cruz to pull within one run.
The Buckeyes out-hit Kansas State, 10-7 in a sloppy team that saw a total of five errors. Fryer and Shuck each had two hits for the Buckeyes, which had hits from all but two starters. Biery and Scott each had two hits for the Wildcats. Scott knocked in two runs.
Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, who now lives in the Tampa area, attended the game. He is a scout and coach in the New York Yankees organization.
The Buckeye Baseball Classic concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Ohio State will meet Seton Hall and James Madison will meet Kansas State.