May 3, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State baseball team (35-12 overall, 15-5 in the Big Ten) defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats (30-18) 14-3 Thursday night in Bill Davis Stadium. UC took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but OSU’s Nick Swisher (So., Parkersburg, W.Va.) responded with a three run home run in the bottom half of the inning and the Buckeyes never looked back.
The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Brett Clark led off with a home run off starting pitcher Josh Newman (Fr., Wheelersburg, W.Va.). Later in the inning, Chris Tewes hit a RBI double to give UC its second run of the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Buckeyes struck back. With one out, Mike Check (Sr., Bay Village, Ohio) lined a single to center field and Doug Dendinger (Jr., Greenwich, Ohio) followed with a walk. Swisher then took a 1-1 offering from UC starting pitcher Joey List over the left field wall for a three-run home run. The blast was his 13th of the season.
The Buckeyes blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring eight runs. John Mayor (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.) and Joe Wilkins (Jr., Grove City, Ohio) drove in runs with singles. Dendinger drove in a pair with a two-run single and Steve Caravati (Fr., Dover, Ohio) drove in three with his fifth triple of the season.
UC cut the OSU lead to 11-3 in the top of the sixth inning. Chris Hamblen hit a one-run single that scored Kevin Youkilis. The Buckeyes added three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Check and Dendinger scored and Caravati drove in a run on a grounder to the shortstop.
OSU’s Newman picked up the win and improved to 6-2 on the season. He went a scheduled four innings, gave up five hits, two runs (both earned) and recorded two strikeouts. Matt Kamalsky (Jr., Somerset, Pa.) pitched a shutout inning of relief. UC’s List (6-2) took the loss. He went five innings, gave up nine hits, 14 runs (seven earned), walked four and recorded a strikeout.
This weekend, the team travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a four-game series against the Indiana Hoosiers. The series opener on Saturday begins at 4 p.m. The Sunday doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. The series finale on Monday is set to start at 4 p.m. All games will be played at Sembower Field.