April 13, 2002
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sophomore pitcher Josh Newman (So., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg) struck out eight batters in guiding No. 25 Ohio State to a 2-1 victory over Iowa as the Buckeyes picked up their 20th victory of the season.
Newman pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up fours hits and one run, which was unearned, while striking out eight and walking just three. It was his team-leading sixth win of the season against just two losses.
Newman did a good job keeping the Hawkeyes off the scoreboard until the fifth inning. Newman retired Iowa batters in order in the first second and fourth innings, giving up a pair of hits in the third. He caught one of those base runners trying to steal second and then got a pair of strikeouts to get out of the innings.
But the Hawkeyes got on the board in the fifth. Kyle Thousand singled to short centerfield and then was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt just in front of the plate by Chris Groth. Thousand then advanced to third on a wild pitch that was stopped and thrown to third by OSU catcher Joe Wilkins (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto). The throw went high into left field and allowed Thousand to score and allowed the Hawkeyes to pull within 2-1.
Ohio State, which improved to 20-7-1 and 8-2 in the Big Ten, stranded two runners in each of the first two innings, but then took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Brett Garrard (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) singled through the left side into left field and then Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) sent a shot into right to move Garrard to third. An errant relay throw by shortstop Jeff Gremley trying to beat Deeds to third sailed near the OSU dugout and allowed Deeds to advance to second. Ground outs by Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) and Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central) scored Garrard and Deeds to give the Buckeyes a two-run lead. Ohio State threatened in the top of the sixth with a two-out rally, but could not score Wilkins from second. The Buckeye catcher extended his hit streak to career-best six games with a single to rightfield with two outs.
Iowa nearly capitalized in the bottom of the inning moving a run to third on a flyout to deep centerfield that Swisher caught with a foot against the fence. Had the shot by first baseman Brad Carlson been just three feet to Swisher’s right it would have given the Hawkeyes a 5-2 lead. A fly out by Thousand to right ended the inning with Ohio State still in front 2-1.
Brandon Steen (Sr., Hendersonville, Tenn./Hendersonville), who pitched the final two outs of the game, got his third save of the year. Newman began the seventh inning with his third walk of the game. Designated hitter Luis Andrulonis bunted for the sacrifice advancing a runner to second. Steen entered the game and got pinch hitter Nate Yoho to fly out to center, but that moved the pinch running Brian Bucklin, the tying run, to third. Steen then got John Paul Cappellano to ground out to Garrard at short to end the game.
Ryan Mentkowski got the loss for Iowa to fall to 2-5 on the season. Iowa fell to 11-15 overall and 2-8 in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes play the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night and then conclude the four-game series Sunday at 2 p.m. at Duane Banks Field.