April 29, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Lefthanded pitcher Scott Lewis (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) struck out a career-best 12 Purdue batters on Sunday to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolades, the conference office announced Monday.

Lewis salvaged a series split for Ohio State, maintaining the Buckeyes’ lead atop the Big Ten in the process. He scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing only one run while complementing his strikeout total with no walks. The Ohio native improved to 5-2 on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.67, which ranks second on the team and third in the Big Ten behind conference-leader and fellow Buckeye Nate Smith (Jr., Bryan, Ohio/Bryan), who has a 1.87 ERA..

Lewis is the third member of the Buckeyes’ starting rotation to earn the conference weekly honor, joining Smith, who was selected on April 1, and E.J. Laratta (Sr., Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek), who was honored on Feb. 25. Thanks to Lewis’ performance, Ohio State has never lost a Big Ten series in Bill Davis Stadium, which opened in 1997.

Ohio State will play host to Youngstown State Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend, for a four-game Big Ten series against Michigan.