April 14, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan scored five runs in the second and added two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and three more in the seventh as it cruised to a 14-3 upset of No. 24 Ohio State Friday at Ray Fisher Stadium. The 14 runs and 19 hits by Michigan (17-12 overall, 5-4 Big Ten) were season highs against Ohio State (20-8, 6-3) this season.
Ohio State had only allowed four runs in the second inning all season, but Michigan spoiled that stat in a huge way by scoring five runs on five hits. A.J. Scheidt and Mike Schmidt plated the first two runs and the Eric Rose knocked in two more with a single to left. He went to second on the throw and stole third. A throw by OSU catcher Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) sailed high over third baseman Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) and allowed Rose to cross the plate to give the Wolverines a 5-0 lead.
The Buckeyes got on the score board in the top of the fourth inning, turning a lead-off double by Jedidiah Stephen (Sr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) into a run after a single by Cody Caughenbaugh (Sr., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley) and an RBI single up the middle by Wes Schirtzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North).
Michigan added a pair of runs on four straight hits to open the bottom of the fifth inning to build a 7-1 lead. Doug Pickens and Nate Recknagle drove in the two runs. Pickens singled to center to score Rose and Recknagle doubled down the left-field line to score Leif Mahler.
OSU starting pitcher Dan DeLucia (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) walked the first batter he faced in the sixth inning and then gave up a home run to Mike Schmidt that gave Michigan a 9-1 lead. He got a ground out, but after he gave up a single to right to Mahler, 19th-year head coach Bob Todd went to his bullpen for Trey Fausnaugh (Jr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall). Fausnaugh got Pickens to fly out to center, but Recknagle doubled to the wall in left-center to plate Mahler from first and Derek VanBruskirk singled to plate Recknagle and extend the Michigan lead to 10 runs, 11-1.
Four Michigan hits in the seventh yielded three runs as the Wolverines got one-out RBI from Rose, Mahler and Pickens to go up 14-1.
The Buckeyes added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull within the 14-3 final score. Michigan reliever Ali Husain walked the first two batters he faced to start the inning. Jonathan Zizzo (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Sarasota [Fla.]) moved both runners into scoring position with a ground out before Justin Miller (Fr., Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) grounded out to score Schirtzinger. Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) singled to drive home Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy).
Angle and Stephen each finished 2-for-4 to lead Ohio State’s 10-hit offense. Mahler and Scheidt each had three hits for the Wolverines, though it was Schmidt and Rose who each drove in three runs. The Buckeyes had three errors.
DeLucia fell to 0-3 in four career starts vs. Michigan in losing for the second time in 2006 (5-2). It was his first loss in three Big Ten starts this season (2-1). Friday against the Wolverines, he allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Michigan freshman starter Zach Putnam lasted 7.1 innings and limited the Buckeyes to one run on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two to improve to 2-0 this season.
The teams continue the series Saturday with a doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. and will conclude the series Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The second game Saturday and the Sunday finale will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.