April 30, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman left-handed pitcher Cory Luebke threw his third complete game of the season and was supported by Ohio State runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings as the Buckeyes handed Indiana a 3-0 shutout victory in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Luebke, who hails from Maria Stein, Ohio (Marion Local), allowed just four hits and walked one and struck out three to improve to 4-2 on the year. Luebke pitched a nine-inning complete game in a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and went the distance in a 5-4 loss at Illinois in the second game of a the doubleheader.
Saturday against Indiana, Luebke gave up a lead-off hit and walked a runner in the first inning, but settled down and retired six in a row before giving up a double by Jay Brant, but the Hoosier leftfielder was nabbed at third trying to stretch the shot to the gap in right-center field into a triple. It was the final out of the third. He allowed his final two Hoosier hits in the fifth.
Ohio State took its first lead of the series, scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) reached on a fielding error by Hoosier second baseman Josh Richardson, moved to second on a ground out by Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) and then scored on a single to right field by Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah).
The Buckeyes added a run in the fifth inning getting back-to-back hits two-out hits by co-captains Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover). Rabin singled to center and then stole second before scoring on a Caravati’s single that gave Ohio State a 2-0 lead. Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) teed off on the first pitch of the sixth inning and sent the ball over the right-field fence for his second home run of the year, but more importantly it gave the Buckeyes a three-run lead.
Caravati had two of the Buckeyes’ six hits and knocked in one of the three runs. Stephen was 1-for-3 with one RBI and Bourquin was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Brian Lortz (2-5) went the distance for Indiana, which fell to 22-20 overall and 5-13 in the Big Ten. Ohio State moved in front of Indiana by percentage points in the league standings with a 5-10 record and is 21-15 overall.
The teams will play the second game of their doubleheader 25 minutes following game one before concluding the series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on www.wosu.org while the finale will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM).