April 10, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oakland starter Dominic Carmosino struck out six and reliever Jared Thomas struck out nine to lift the Grizzlies to a 10-5 mid-week victory over No. 25 Ohio State Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
Buckeye pitchers struggled to start the contest, but Ohio State remained in the game until a big fourth inning by Oakland.
The Grizzlies scored five times that inning to seal the victory, taking advantage of a pitching change by the Buckeyes. In an effort to get work for several Buckeye pitchers, some which had not pitched since the Northwestern series at the end of March, Buckeye skipper Bob Todd went with Matt Davis (Fr., Mason, Ohio/William Mason) in place of starter Chris Hanners (Fr., Groveport, Ohio/Desales) to start the fourth inning. Davis, which had not pitched since getting his second win of the season in game two against the Wildcats on March 30, gave up five hits as the Grizzlies hit around and took a 10-4 lead.
Hanners allowed five runs to come across in the first three innings, but the Buckeyes had pulled within 5-4 before surrendering the big fourth inning. Only three runs scored in the first three innings were earned on a total of seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out just one. Davis pitched just a third of an inning yet allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits.
Kyle Brown (Jr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) then came in for Davis and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings while giving up three hits. He struck out the side in the fifth inning and retired the batters in order in the sixth. He left the game with six strikeouts at the start of the eighth inning, with the Brandon Steen (Sr., Hendersonville, Tenn./Hendersonville) entering the game in relief. He got an inning of work without allowing a hit, but walked one base runner. Mike Madsen (Fr., Chesterland, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) came on to pitch the ninth inning and gave up a single and a walk but got out of the inning without allowing a run. Carmosino improved to 2-4 on the year, while Hanners got the loss for Ohio State. Thomas, who pitched the final four innings for the Grizzlies got his first save of the season. Hanners fell to 1-1 on the year with the loss.
Oakland scored first, getting two runs in the top of the second inning to grab the early 2-0 lead. Leftfielder David Alexander doubled to lead off the inning and then scored on a single to shallow right field by first baseman Peter Varon. A sacrifice fly to centerfield by Erik Crossley scored catcher Tony Marulli, who reached on a two-base error by OSU rightfielder Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley), who was battling with setting sun.
Paul Farinacci (Fr., Westlake Village, Calif.,/Agoura), playing first base in place of regular starter Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central), doubled in the bottom of the second inning to score catcher Joe Wilkins (Sr., Grove City, Ohio/Dublin Scioto), who had drawn a lead off walk then moved to second on an error and to third on a passed ball. That run pulled the Buckeyes within a 2-1 score.
Marulli gave the Golden Grizzlies a 5-1 lead with a three-run home to left-centerfield in the top of the third. It was first home run of the season and scored short stop Kyle Boehm and right fielder Nick DiPonio, who had both singled.
In the bottom half of the third, the Buckeyes countered with three runs of their own after a double by Wilkins scored both Deeds and Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg), who had both reached with singles. Swisher knocked in Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) earlier in the inning with his single to right. Snavely had led off the inning with a single up the middle. Those three runs pulled the Buckeyes within 5-4.
Ohio State returns to Big Ten play this weekend with a four-game series vs. Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The two teams will play open the series Friday at 7 p.m. with a single game and then play a doubleheader on Saturday at 5 p.m. The series concludes Sunday with a 2 p.m. first pitch.