May 9, 2001%^$

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$Led by a solid outing from starting pitcher Josh Newman (Fr., Wheelersburg, Ohio), the No. 25 Ohio State baseball team (38-13 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten) made easy work of the Cleveland State Vikings (19-29 overall), winning 9-0 Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. Mike Check (Sr., Bay Village, Ohio) went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in and Steve Caravati (Fr., Dover, Ohio) blasted his fourth home run of the season to lead the OSU offense.%^$

%^$Newman improved to 7-2 on the season after throwing four shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and recorded three strikeouts as he led the Buckeyes to their sixth shutout of the season.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Christian Snavely (Fr., Defiance, Ohio) coaxed a walk off CSU starting pitcher David Boyza. Nick Swisher (So., Parkersburg, W.Va.) followed and lined a double down the left field line to plate Snavely and give the Buckeyes the first run of the game.%^$

%^$In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State went on the attack and increased its lead to 4-0. With one out, John Mayor (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.) lined a double down the left field line. Terry Pettorini (Fr., Wooster, Ohio) followed and reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Joe Wilkins (Jr., Greenwich, Ohio) loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. CSU gave OSU another gift when Doug Deeds (Fr., Bexley, Ohio) forced in a run on a walk. Mike Check (Sr., Bay Village, Ohio) then lined a single to left field to score Pettorini and Wilkins and give OSU a 4-0 lead.%^$

%^$OSU added a run in the fifth inning when Swisher led off with a single and later scored on a ground out by Brett Garrard (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind.).%^$

%^$In the bottom of the sixth inning, Caravati took a 2-0 offering from reliever Jerry Long over the left field wall for a three-run home run. The blast was his fourth of the season.%^$

%^$OSU added its final run of the game when Check scored on a sacrifice fly by Todd Calcamuggio (Sr., Toledo, Ohio) in the bottom of the eighth inning.%^$

%^$CSU’s Boyza (4-4) took the loss. He went 4.2 innings, threw 112 pitches, gave up six hits, five runs (all earned), walked four and recorded five strikeouts.%^$

%^$This weekend, the Buckeyes play for the Big Ten Championship when they play host to Michigan in a four-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. The series opener is Friday at 6:35 p.m. The twi-night doubleheader Saturday begins at 4:05 p.m. The series finale is Sunday at 1:05 p.m.