May 15, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State right-handed pitcher Mike Madsen took a no-hitter into the top of the fifth inning and limited Northwestern to three hits in leading the Buckeyes to a 9-1 victory in the third game of the series to sweep a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State won its 30th game of the season after also winning the first game 4-2.
Madsen, a junior from Canfield, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) retired 12 of the first 14 batters of the game before designated hitter Dan Brauer, who got the loss as the pitcher in the first game of the doubleheader, delivered a base hit up the middle for the first Wildcat hit of the game. The first two base runners to that point were the only walks issued by Madsen.
Madsen gave up two hits in the sixth inning as the Wildcats were able to score their only run of the game. He pitched his third complete game of the season in holding Northwestern to three hits with four strikeouts to go with the two walks in the first and third innings.
Ohio State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a leadoff double by Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg). Anderson went to third on a bunt by Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) before scoring on a ground out by Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover).
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Northwestern starter George Kontos walked Anderson to spark a Buckeye rally. Ohio State followed with three straight hits to take a 3-0 lead. Following the walk by Anderson. Howell, singled up the middle. Caravati singled through the right side to score Anderson from second and then Adam Schneider (Fr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) sent a shot off the glove of Kontos to score Howell on the infield single.
The bid at the second Buckeye shutout of the season ended in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Mark Ori that scored Jon Mikrut who doubled off the wall in right field with one out in the inning.
That run sparked the Ohio State offense to six runs in the bottom of the inning. Wildcat reliever Andrew Smith hit Paul Farinacci (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) to lead off the inning and then walked Ronnie Bourquin (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South). Now facing reliever Julio Siberio, Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) singled to score Farinacci from second before Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Siberio walked Anderson to load the bases and signal his exit.
Evan Blesoff came into the game and Howell singled through the right side to score both Bourquin and Rabin to make the score 6-1. Howell stole his 10th base of the season and on an errant throw from catcher Dan Pohlman, Anderson was able to score from third, which enabled Howell to get to third base before scoring on a single through the left side by Caravati to make the score 8-1.
Northwestern brought in Chris Davidson, its fourth pitcher of the inning to face pinch hitter Cody Caughenbaugh (So., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley), who drew a walk from the Wildcat junior. After the second out of the inning, Farinacci drove in the ninth run of the game with an infield single.
Madsen retired the final five batters of the game in order, including his fourth strikeout to end the game, to pick up his eighth win of the season. The eight wins (against three losses) give Madsen the highest win total of all Big Ten pitchers.
Caravati went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored in the nightcap to go with a 3-for-3 effort with one RBI in the first game. Howell was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the night cap.
Ohio State and Northwestern conclude the series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Prior to the game, the final Big Ten home game of the season, Kinnear, Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Josh Newman (Sr., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg), the three Ohio State seniors will be recognized for their contributions to the Ohio State baseball program.