Feb. 15, 2004
HOUSTON – Ohio State kept it close, but Texas Tech scored four runs in the final two innings to hand the Buckeyes a 9-4 loss in the finale of the Minute Maid College Classic for both teams. The loss was the third in as many games for Ohio State this season.
The Buckeyes pulled within 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Red Raiders got four runs on six hits against reliever Justin Myers (Jr., Scottown, Ohio/Symmes Valley) the final two innings of the game. Trent Luyster (Jr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central) got the start for Ohio State and went seven innings allowing five runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and had more than 115 pitches.
Ohio State took its first lead in three games of the Minute Maid College Classic in the bottom of the first inning after a solo home run by Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) went about 385 feet to left-centerfield to put the Buckeyes up 1-0.
Texas Tech scored four runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Ryan Andrews led off with a double down the left field line and then was bunted over to third. Luyster walked the next batter to put runners at the corners and then got Cameron Blair to strike out for the second out of the inning. Jose Delgado single to shallow left-centerfield to score Andrews from third before Josh Brady sent a shot into the Crawford Boxes beyond the left-field fence.
The Buckeyes got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning to close within a 4-3 score. Ronnie Bourquin (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) led off the inning with a single through the left side and then with two outs, moved to third on a throwing error by Red Raider catcher Cooper Fouts. Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) singled to centerfield to score Bourquin and then stole second. Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) grounded to short, but a throwing error by Blair, the Texas Tech shortstop, allowed Garrard to score from second.
The Red Raiders took back the lead in the top of the sixth, getting a leadoff base hit from Michael Mask. He stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. He beat out a throw from Garrard, the Buckeye shortstop, to home on a grounder hit by Josh Haney.
Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) answered in the bottom of the inning with a home run to the Crawford Boxes in left field. The run pulled the Buckeyes within one run, 5-4, which held until the top of the eighth inning when Brady homered to left and Mask followed with a double. Mask moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a ground out by Matthew Coco to give the Red Raiders a 7-4 lead.
In the ninth, Texas Tech turned a lead-off single into a run when Delgado singled up the middle. Delgado was the ninth run when he scored on a base hit up, again up the middle, by Mask.
Brady was 3-for-5 with four runs batted in and two runs scored. Delgado was 2-for-4 and batted in four runs while scoring two. For Ohio State, Anderson was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double that missed clearing the wall in left field by only three inches. Garrard was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Steve Gooch got the win for the Red Raiders, which improved to 5-1 on the season. He pitched six innings allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck out seven. He gave way in the seventh to three other pitchers. Luyster got the loss, his first of the season, as the Buckeyes fell to 0-3.
Ohio State will not play again until Feb. 27-29, when it will meet Richmond, Coastal Carolina and Kent State in Baseball at the Beach at Myrtle Beach, S.C. All three games will be played at Coastal Federal Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves Single-A affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.