May 2, 2004
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State outfielder Steve Caravati went 2-for-4 and batted in two runs and Mike Madsen pitched his second complete game of the season as the Buckeyes beat Indiana 8-3 to clinch the series 3-0. Ohio State (23-17 overall, 12-7 Big Ten) will go for its first sweep of the season in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Buckeyes wasted little time jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) swung at the first pitch and sent it into left-center field for a double. Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) attempted to bunt him over on a sacrifice down to first base, but the flip from first baseman Joe Kemp to second baseman Jay Brant got past, allowing Anderson to score from second to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead.
A double by Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) plated Rabin and the third double of the inning, this time by Jedidiah Stephen (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah), put runners at second and third. Caravati scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) to give the Buckeyes a three-run lead.
Indiana scored on run in the third. Ryan Donley reached on a fielding error by Garrard, the Buckeye shortstop, but was caught on a fielder’s choice by Ryan Parker. Cody Wargo singled to left-center to put runners at first and second before Madsen, a junior from Chesterland, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) walked his first batter of the game to load the bases. Jay Brant grounded back to the pitcher, knocking in Parker with the ground out that made the score, 3-1. Four Buckeye runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning to build a 7-1 lead. Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) got his second hit of the game to end a streak of eight straight Ohio State batters to have been retired by Indiana starter Chris Behrens. Anderson singled through the left side to send Kinnear to third. After a fly out by Rabin for the first out of the inning, Caravati singled through the left side to score Kinnear and move Anderson to second.
Indiana catcher Cody Wargo threw to third base trying to prevent a double steal by Anderson and Caravati, but the throw sailed into left field allowing Anderson to score and Caravati to reach third. After the second out of the inning, Behrens walked the next to batters to end his day. Doug Fleenor came on, but balked in a run. Pinch hitter Ronnie Bourquin (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) reached first on a fielding error by Indiana shortstop Seth Bynum and that allowed the fourth Ohio State to cross the plate.
Paul Farinacci (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) batted in his fifth run of the weekend and the eighth run of the game, scoring Stephen in the top of the seventh inning. Indiana (23-20, 7-12) countered with two runs off a two-run home run by Donley to right-center field in the bottom of the inning.
Madsen went the distance, allowing the three Hoosier runs on five hits in the seven-inning start. It was his second complete game of the season, also going the distance in a 19-2 Buckeye victory at Michigan State. Behrens got the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season after going 4.2 innings, allowing all seven runs (five earned) on eight hits.
Anderson, Stephen and Kinnear joined Caravati with two hits each, though the two other RBI came from Garrard and Farinacci. Five different Hoosiers finished with one hit each.
Game four of the series will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of this game and will be broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org.