May 20, 2004

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Ohio State
(31-21; 18-10 Big Ten)
(33-19, 19-9 Big Ten)

May 21-23, 2004
Siebert Field (1,100)
Minneapolis, Minn.

Fri., May 21 @ 7:35 p.m., EDT
Sat., May 22 @ 3:05 p.m., EDT (DH)
Sun., May 23 @ 2:05 p.m., EDT

Minnesota leads 65-63-2
last game: Ohio State 17-10, May 25, 2003

Frank Fraas, Neil Sika and Paul Barnes

OHIO STATE PROBABLE PITCHERS G1 23 Josh Newman 7-5, 3.67 ERA, 88K, 88.1 IP G2 3 Scott Lewis 1-0, 3.12 ERA, 23K, 17.1 IP G3 39 Trent Luyster 4-4, 3.57 ERA, 66, 80.2 IP G4 6 Mike Madsen 8-3, 4.12 ERA, 53K, 78.2 IP

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just like in each of the last three years, Ohio State and Minnesota meet in the final weekend of the season with the outcome of that series determining who will win the Big Ten regular season. The Golden Gophers lead the standings with a 19-9 record, meaning Ohio State, which lost its final home game 7-2 to Cleveland State Wednesday night, will have to win three of four games in Minneapolis this weekend to win its 15th overall regular season conference championship and the first since 2001.

Michigan State is lurking right behind with a 17-11 record and can share the title with a home sweep of Northwestern should Ohio State and Minnesota finish with less than a sweep in their series. Michigan and Penn State are tied for fourth with 16-12 records, while Purdue is sixth at 15-13. Northwestern could play in with a sweep at Michigan State.

Ohio State (31-21 overall) and Minnesota (33-19) will play a single game Friday at 7:35 p.m. (6:35 p.m., CDT), a doubleheader Saturday at 3:05 p.m. (2:05 p.m., CDT) and a single game Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m., CDT). Friday’s game will be televised by Fox Sports North (DIRECTV Ch. 641). All four games will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and live on the Internet at Live stats are available at

The Buckeyes clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament with the 8-4 victory over Northwestern last Sunday. They are one of four teams to have locked down a spot in the tournament, joining Minnesota, Michigan State and Penn State. Only Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State can play host to the 24th annual Big Ten Tournament, May 26-30.

Ohio State, which trails the Golden Gophers by one game in the conference standings, must win three of four games this weekend against Minnesota if it wants to win the championship and return to Bill Davis Stadium to host the tournament. Minnesota has won the last two regular season championships, though it has been the Buckeyes that have won the last two conference tournament championships. The two teams have won the last five regular season championships.

The Buckeyes are 18-10 after taking three of four games at home against Northwestern. Ohio State came out flat in the series opener and tied a season-high with four errors in the contest as the Wildcats won 4-1. The Scarlet and Gray rebounded to win the last three games of the series, just as it had done in the Michigan State series in East Lansing, Mich., April 16-18. Ohio State won both ends of the Northwestern doubleheader by 4-2 and 9-1 scores before the 8-4 win in the finale.

Steve Caravati batted .786 (11-for-14) to lead the Buckeyes against Northwestern. The junior from Dover, Ohio, earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time in three weeks, after having two doubles and batted in six runs during the week while scoring once. Jacob Howell batted .429 (6-for-14) against Northwestern, scored twice and had five RBI. The Buckeyes batted .314 against the Wildcats, but did not have a home run in a Big Ten series for the first time this season.

Caravati leads Ohio State and is second in the Big Ten with his .394 batting average, up from .356 after the Penn State series May 10. In conference games, the average swells to .422, which leads all batters in the league. Caravati also leads the team with 78 hits, nine home runs, 45 RBI, a .616 slugging percentage and a .449 on-base percentage. He was retired for the first time Wednesday night vs. Cleveland State after reaching base in a string of 10 straight plate appearances, three shy of a 1934 school record. Caravati has 43 hits in Big Ten play nine doubles and 28 RBI. Drew Anderson has 70 hits, including a team-best 16 doubles, and is second on the team with a .327 batting average. Howell is third, batting .330 and shares the team lead with Anderson with four triples. The Buckeyes are batting .302 as a team.

Mike Madsen won his eighth game of the season to lead the Big Ten in wins. He is 8-3 on the year with a 4.12 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Madsen tossed a three-hit complete game win in the third game vs. Northwestern. Josh Newman is the team leader in strikeouts (88) and innings pitched (88.1) and is second on the team with a 7-5 record and 3.67 ERA. Trent Luyster has a 3.57 ERA to lead the regular starting rotation. Scott Lewis won his first game of the season (1-0) striking out six in a four-inning start in game two against the Wildcats. He allowed two unearned runs in a 4-2 victory. Jeffrey Carroll started the fourth game, but did not get a decision, instead yielding the win to Brett Hatcher, who moved to 3-0. Ohio State has a 4.07 team ERA, which is the lowest mark of the season and leads the Big Ten. Ohio State will like throw Newman, Lewis, Luyster and Madsen, in that order, against Minnesota.

Ohio State might be playing the 1992 Blind Melon song “No Rain” a lot more after this weekend. Every Big Ten team has been able to play every game on its conference schedule for the first time since that song was popular in 1992. That year, with a 28-game league slate, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten with a 20-8 record, finishing ahead of second-place Minnesota 18-10 and Michigan State 17-11. Those are the same three teams vying for the title this season.

Minnesota needs to beat Ohio State just twice to win its third straight Big Ten regular season title. It would be the first time since 1968-70 that the Golden Gophers had won three in a row. They would be the first team since Ohio State, which finished with the best record in the Big Ten for five straight years (1991-95), to do that as well.

The Gophers fell 14-4 to Northern Iowa Tuesday night at Siebert Field to drop to 33-19 overall. Last weekend Minnesota won three of four games at Illinois to keep its one-game lead over Ohio State in the Big Ten standings.

Sam Steidl leads the Gophers with a .375 batting average, though Matt Fornasiere is batting .374. In all, six everyday starters are batting better than .300. Joining Steidl and Fornasiere on that list are Andy Hunter (.363), Luke MacLean (.341), Mike Mee (.337) and Jake Elder (.327). Steidl has 78 hits and 22 doubles to pace Minnesota though he has only 28 RBI. Mee has batted in 48 runs to lead the team and Hunter has eight home runs to lead the squad, which has 31 home runs this season and is batting .316 to lead the Big Ten in all games. Minnesota is batting .320 in conference games to lead the league.

On the mound, Minnesota will toss redshirt sophomore Glen Perkins in game one. He is 15-0 in Big Ten games and leads the Gophers with 82 strikeouts in 84.2 innings. He is 7-2 with a 2.98 ERA. Craig Molldrem will follow in game two. He leads the conference with a 2.68 ERA and is 6-1 with 33 strikeouts in 57.0 innings. The Buckeyes will face Josh Krogman in game three. He is 2-1 with a 4.56 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. He has failed to get a decision in eight games this season. Jay Gagner will pitch in the finale. He is 3-0 with 29 strikeouts and 4.17 ERA in 36.2 innings. The Gophers are second behind Ohio State in the conference in pitching with a 4.28 ERA. In conference games, Minnesota is fourth with a 4.38 ERA.

John Anderson is 833-514-3 in his 23rd season as the head coach at Minnesota and as a college coach.

The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series 65-63-2 after taking four of the seven games last year, including three of four in the regular season. Ohio State took two of three meetings, both on the final day, to win its second straight Big Ten Tournament at Siebert Field.

This is the third straight year the Big Ten races has come down to the Ohio State vs. Minneosta series the last weekend of the season. In 2002, Ohio State needed to win three of four games at home to clinch the championship, but the teams split, sending the Big Ten Tournament to Minnesota. Last year, the Buckeyes needed a road sweep to win the regular season, but the Gophers won the first game to host for the second straight year. Both years, Ohio State clinched the tournament title to earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Since the Big Ten went to four-game series in 1981, Ohio State and Minnesota have met only nine time (all since 1990). During that time, the Buckeyes have won only one four game series, sweeping the Golden Gophers at Bill Davis Stadium in 2001. Ohio State has never gone 3-1 win against Minnesota, which is the minimum it would take to win the Big Ten regular season this year. Five times the teams have split the four-game series, while the Golden Gophers have won 3-1 twice to go with a 4-0 sweep in 1990.

Since 2000 (Ohio State leads 12-9)
April 8, 2000 – Ohio State 6, at Minnesota 3
April 8, 2000 – Ohio State 7, at Minnesota 3
April 9, 2000 – at Minnesota 13, Ohio State 5
April 9, 2000 – at Minnesota 7, Ohio State 1
April 27, 2001 – at Ohio State 7, Minnesota 2
April 28, 2001 – at Ohio State 4, Minnesota 3
April 28, 2001 – at Ohio State 5, Minnesota 3
April 29, 2001 – at Ohio State 5, Minnesota 1
May 20, 2001 – Minnesota 6, at Ohio State 5
May 18, 2002 – at Ohio State 13, Minnesota 3
May 18, 2002 – Minnesota 4, at Ohio State 0
May 19, 2002 – at Ohio State 9, Minnesota 2
May 19, 2002 – Minnesota 8, at Ohio State 5
May 25, 2002 – Ohio State 6, at Minnesota 3
May 16, 2003 – at Minnesota 9, Ohio State 6
May 17, 2003 – at Minnesota 5, Ohio State 2
May 17, 2003 – Ohio State 5, at Minnesota 1
May 18, 2003 – at Minnesota 5, Ohio State 4
May 24, 2003 – at Minnesota 5, Ohio State 4
May 25, 2003 – Ohio State 10, at Minnesota 8
May 25, 2003 – Ohio State 17, at Minnesota 10

All-Time Four-Game Series History (Since 1981)
Ohio State 4-0: 2001
Ohio State 3-1: None
Split 2-2: 2002, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1993
Minnesota 3-1: 1992, 1991
Minnesota 4-0: 1990

Ohio State entered the 2003 series at Minnesota needing wins in all four games to win the Big Ten regular season championship. Instead, the Gophers won three of four, including an opening night 9-2 win that clinched the title. Gopher freshman Glen Perkins improved to 8-0 in the conference and 9-1 overall with the victory. He took the decision over Ohio State’s Scott Lewis, who had his 15-game win streak snapped. Lewis allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits with a walk and a season-low four strikeouts before departing in the fourth inning with an elbow injury. The Buckeyes started the game off by jumping out to a 2-0 lead, but Perkins gave up just three hits over the last six innings, and at one point, retired 12 Buckeyes batters in a row. Minnesota took control in the bottom of the third, countering one run by Ohio State with three of their own. It also scored three in the fourth, another two in the sixth and another in the seventh.

In the second game of the series, Minnesota shortstop Scott Welch hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning on its way to beating Ohio State 5-2. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but gave way to three runs in the bottom of the inning and single runs in the second and third inning. The Buckeyes picked up a run in the fourth inning thanks to a leadoff home run by Christian Snavely that made the score 5-2. Drew Anderson and Paul Farinacci each went 2-for-3 in the game, but it was Snavely who batted in both Buckeye runs.

Ohio State rebounded to win the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader, 5-1 against Minnesota and end the Gophers’ 14-game home conference win streak. Ohio State jumped out to the early lead, but this time, stayed in front of the Gophers. In the top of the fourth inning, Snavely sent a shot off the scoreboard to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. Ohio State manufactured the first run of a three-run fifth inning on a bunt by Kelly Houser and a fly out by Jedidiah Stephen to score Garrard, giving the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead. A two-out throwing error on Welch at short led to two more Ohio State runs, giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. Minnesota posted a single digit on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth to end the Buckeye bid at a 10th shutout of the season. Mike Madsen pitched 5 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out two. Anderson went 2-for-4 in the game with singles in the first and fifth innings.

In the finale, Ohio State built a 3-2 lead fifth inning, but could hold on to it as Minnesota scored twice in the seventh and added another run in the eighth to rally for a 5-4 victory over the Buckeyes. The Golden Gophers came back in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the lead, scoring twice on a double down the right-field line by Welch. The Gophers added a run of insurance with a home run by Gary Dick that cleared the park over the right-field fence to give the Gophers a 5-3 lead. The Buckeyes scored one run in the top of the ninth inning to close the final score to 5-4. The Buckeyes out-hit the Gophers 13-8, but stranded a season-high 13 base runners.

Four Buckeyes hit home runs, including two by Brett Garrard, as Ohio State cruised to a 17-10 victory over Minnesota at Siebert Field in the second championship game to win its second straight Big Ten Tournament title and the sixth in the program’s history.

Unlike 2002, when Ohio State won it with a three-game sweep, it had to win it this year out of the loser’s bracket after stumbling in its second game, 5-4, against host Minnesota. After a first-round bye, the Buckeyes beat Michigan 4-2 to set up the date with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota scored five runs in the first three innings and held on against an Ohio State comeback. Brett Garrard made it a two-run game in the two-run game in the fourth inning and then Minnesota made two spectacular defensive plays in the seventh to keep the Buckeyes off the base paths. That prevented Paul Farinacci from tying the game or perhaps giving the Buckeyes the lead with what turned out to be a solo home run that made it a one-run game.

The loss sent the Buckeyes to a loser’s bracket game against Penn State. Ohio State quickly disposed of the Nittany Lions for a 13-3 victory. The victory meant Ohio State would have to beat Minnesota twice Sunday to win its second straight Big Ten Tournament.

Playing as the home team in the first game Sunday, the Buckeyes scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie and then hung on for a 10-8 victory over Minnesota to force another championship game.

Steve Caravati was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time in five weeks after batting .722 (13-for-18) in five games last week and .786 (11-for-14) in the 3-1 series win against Northwestern. Then Wednesday, the junior from Dover, Ohio was selected as the National Co-Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Caravati had two doubles and batted in six runs during the week while scoring once himself. Against Northwestern, Caravati had a slugging percentage of .929 and an on-base percentage of .813. He was perfect in three at bats in the second game of the series and was perfect in four at bats in the finale. In game three, Caravati drove in three runs. In all five games last week, he had at least two hits. Caravati is now batting .394 overall and .422 in Big Ten play. He is currently enjoying an eight-game hit streak. Caravati, who has at least one hit in 44 of his 52 games this season, also was the Big Ten Player of the Week April 19 and May 3.

Three careers of three Ohio State seniors, including Brett Garrard, Derek Kinnear and Josh Newman, is coming to a close. The trio was honored May 16 in the final home Big Ten game against Northwestern. The class won the 2001 Big Ten title and has won the last two conference tournament championships. It has also played in three NCAA tournaments, coming as close as two wins from advancing to the College World Series with a super regional appearance in 2003.

Garrard has played 202 games with 183 starts. The shortstop from Brownsburg, Ind., has 661 career at bats to rank 10th on the school’s all-time list. He has scored 146 runs to rank 16th all-time. As quarterback of the Buckeye infield, Garrard helped guide the Buckeyes to their second straight Big Ten Tournament championship in 2003 when he was 9-for-19 with four home runs and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Garrard was also named to the NCAA Auburn Regional team helping seal the regional championship for Ohio State.

Kinnear is a veteran of 120 games with 107 starts. Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors a season ago when he moved into a starting role. The catcher from Kenton, Ohio, has started 40 of his 45 games this season after starting all 57 games in which he played in 2003 and earned national recognition when he earned a spot on the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best college catcher.

Newman will go down in the Ohio State record books as one of the finest pitchers to wear the scarlet and gray. The left-handed pitcher from Wheelersburg, Ohio, will rank among the school’s Top 5 leaders in wins (31), innings pitched (354.0) and strikeouts (279). He has made 59 career appearances with 52 starts and is 31-20 with a 4.12 ERA. Newman, who was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2003, also was named All-Big Ten on the diamond, earning second-team honors. He also earned a spot on the 2003 Big Ten Tournament team.

Cleveland State scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie and cruised to a 7-2 victory over Ohio State Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes came out completely flat getting only six hits, including three in the first four innings, against 12 hits by Cleveland State, which overcame three errors to beat Ohio State for the first time since 1997.

Drew Anderson led off the Buckeye first inning with his 12th career triple and scored on a ground out by Jacob Howell to give the Buckeyes on the scoreboard first. The dozen triples by Anderson tied the school record held by Jason Driscoll, who played at Ohio State between 1997-2000.

Jim Waller tied the game in the top of the second with a two-out home run over the fence in left-center field and then the Vikings took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third on a three-run home run by Gary Ball. Cleveland State added a fifth run in the fourth, again with two outs. The Vikings turned a one-out double down the left-field line by Dominic Erney into the sixth run of the game when Ben Smith singled through the left side. The Buckeyes countered that run when Kelly Houser crossed the plate on a single by Howell for the second run of the game. But Cleveland State got that run back in the top of the eighth, also capitalizing on a one-out double. Chinn doubled to the gap in right-center field and scored on a single to shallow center field by Besozzi to give the Vikings a 7-2 lead.

Caravati and Ronnie Bourquin led Ohio State getting two hits each in three at bats. Howell drove in two runs with a ground out in the first and a single in the seventh. Dan DeLucia got the loss to fall to 2-3.

Ohio State finished 6-2 in Wednesday night home games after losing 7-2 this week to Cleveland State. After losing the first home midweek date to Eastern Michigan 2-1, the Buckeyes have rattled off six straight victories, downing Oakland 14-4, Dayton 4-1, Wright State 13-4, Bowling Green 8-1, Detroit 9-4 and Akron 4-3, before the set back in the home finale.

Led by Steve Caravati’s .517 (15-for-29) batting average, the team was batting .323 in the eight games, which is up substantially from the .302 average in all 52 games this season. Among the five players who have started all eight games, three Buckeyes are batting .300 or better. Joining Caravati on that list are Drew Anderson (.412) and Mike Rabin (.300). The team also has a 2.88 ERA. Four different pitchers have accounted for the wins. Jesse Paciorek was the pitcher of record against Oakland and Brett Hatcher picked up the win against Dayton and again against Akron, while Jeffrey Carroll, who has made three starts in Wednesday night home games, getting the wins against Wright State and Bowling Green. Dan DeLucia got the win against Detroit.

Ohio State out-scored opponents 55-26 and has out hit them 90-61 in Bill Davis Stadium midweek affairs.

Ohio State tied a season high with four errors that lead to two unearned runs by Northwestern in a 4-1 loss to the Wildcats Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium in the opening game of a four-game Big Ten series.

Jason Krynski gave Northwestern a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. The Wildcats added two more runs to take a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to a pair of miscues by Ohio State.

Ohio State used a pair of doubles to get its first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Derek Kinnear led off the inning with a double just inside the third-base bag and into left field and then two outs later, Steve Caravati delivered Kinnear home with a double to the gap in right-center field.

Northwestern extended its lead to 4-1 with one run on two hits in the sixth. Anthony Wycklendt doubled with two outs and then scored on a single to center by Doug Beatty.

Newman did not pitch poorly, but had almost no help at the plate or defensively as all four infielders had an error. Newman allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out six without a walk until the ninth inning. He fell to 7-5 on the season in pitching his second complete game of the year. Caravati was 2-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Buckeyes’ six-hit offense, while six different players had all the Northwestern hits.

Left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis struck out six and allowed two unearned runs to earn his first win of the season as Ohio State claimed the first game of a twin bill against Northwestern 4-2 Saturday.

Lewis, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, made his first appearance and start of the season after working his way back from Tommy John surgery, less than one year ago. He allowed the two unearned runs on three hits and struck out six in 4.0 innings on the hill. He now has a 3.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 17.1 innings of work.

Jon Mikrut was the only Northwestern base runner in the first three innings until he boarded on the error in the fourth on the only Buckeye error of the game. He singled up the middle with one out in the first inning before Lewis went on to retire the next eight batters. Lewis’ day was over after the fourth inning though as he threw 63 pitches on a pitch count. Trey Fausnaugh came on to pitch the final three innings and earn his seventh save of the season.

Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, capitalizing on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly. With one out, Mike Rabin singled and with a hit-and-run on made it to third on a single through the left side by Steve Caravati. Rabin scored the Buckeyes’ first run of the game on a sac fly by Adam Schneider.

Northwestern knotted the score with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Back-to-back base hits by Brett Garrard and Paul Farinacci led to two more runs. Garrard reached third on the hit-and-run on the Farinacci single through the right side. After an out Jacob Howell delivered Garrard home with a sac fly. Farinacci scored from second on a throwing error by Northwestern first baseman Mark Ori, who was throwing to pitcher Dan Brauer to first on a ground ball by Derek Kinnear. That made the score 4-2. Caravati finished 3-for-3 with one RBI, while Garrard added a pair of hits in three at bats.

Ohio State right-handed pitcher Mike Madsen took a no-hitter into the top of the fifth inning and limited Northwestern to three hits in leading the Buckeyes to a 9-1 victory in the third game of the series to sweep a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium.

Madsen retired 12 of the first 14 batters of the game before designated hitter Dan Brauer delivered a base hit up the middle for the first Wildcat hit of the game. The first two base runners to that point were the only walks issued by Madsen, who gave up two hits in the sixth inning as the Wildcats were able to score their only run of the game. He pitched his third complete game of the season in holding Northwestern to three hits with four strikeouts to go with the two walks in the first and third innings.

Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs in the fifth inning, Anderson drew a walk to spark a Buckeye rally. Ohio State followed with three straight hits to take a 3-0 lead.

The bid at the second Buckeye shutout of the season ended in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Mark Ori that scored Jon Mikrut who doubled off the wall in right field. That run sparked the Ohio State offense to six runs in the bottom of the inning.

Madsen retired the final five batters of the game in order, including his fourth strikeout to end the game. The eight wins (against three losses) give Madsen the highest win total of all Big Ten pitchers. Caravati went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored in the nightcap to go with a 3-for-3 effort with one RBI in the first game. Howell was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the night cap.

Ohio State scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to fight back from a 3-1 deficit and clinch the Big Ten series with a 7-3 victory over Northwestern.

Ohio State used three hits and a pair of Northwestern errors for the five spot in the sixth to move in front. Brett Garrard led off with a double down the right-field line. Paul Farinacci grounded to first, but an error on first baseman Mark Ori allowed Garrard to reach third. Ronnie Bourquin singled to left-center field to knock in Garrard and make it 3-2 game before a walk by Mike Rabin loaded the bases.

Derek Kinnear skied a shot to left field, but Anthony Wycklendt dropped the ball, though Farinacci was still able to score on the sacrifice to tie the game, 3-3. A two-run single to right by Jacob Howell gave Ohio State a 5-3 lead. Adam Schneider drove in the fifth run of the inning, scoring Kinnear on a sacrifice fly to center.

Northwestern committed two more errors in the seventh inning and the Buckeyes were able to convert the miscue into another run. Garrard doubled to score Kris Moorman, who came in to pinch run for Schneider, who reached on a fielder’s choice. That was the eighth run of the game. Northwestern added its final run of the game in the top of the ninth.

Caravati was the offensive star in the game, going a perfect 4-for-4 in the game with one RBI. Garrard was 3-for-5 in the Northwestern finale, while Anderson, Howell, and Bourquin each had two of the Buckeyes’ 15 total hits. Howell and Kinnear each batted in two.

Brett Hatcher came in to relieve Carroll to start the sixth inning, trailing 3-1. Hatcher got Jason Krynski to ground out before a pair of strikeouts ended the inning. Hatcher benefited from the Buckeyes’ big inning to improve to 3-0 on the year. Northwestern starter Dan Konecny got the loss to fall to 4-8 on the season.

Ohio State designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh was named a Second Team Academic All-District IV selection Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Caughenbaugh, a redshirt sophomore from Newark, Ohio, is a mechanical engineering major and carries a 3.81 GPA in his third year of study. He was named the top freshman mechanical engineering student at Ohio State after his first year and the top sophomore mechanical engineering student after his second year. On the field, Caughenbaugh has appeared in 28 games this season with nine starts. The Licking Valley High School graduate is batting .235 (12-for-51) with four doubles, two home runs and has driven in 13 runs and scored another eight. He is the best pinch hitter on the team with five hits in 15 pinch-hit at bats.

The Academic All-District IV Team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of CoSIDA members within the district. The academic all-district team is part of the Academic All-America program.

The Ohio State season saves record is in jeopardy again for the second straight season. The Buckeyes set the school record with 16 saves last season, mostly in part to school-record 14 saves by closer Matt Davis, who is now playing in the Cleveland Indians organization with Kinston (2-0, 1.80 ERA in 20.0 innings with one save through May 16). Ohio State already has 15 saves, one away from the record.

Trey Fausnaugh has seven saves this season to lead the Buckeyes. Fausnaugh is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 41.1 innings. Trent Luyster has four saves to go with his 4-4 record and 3.57 ERA in 80.2 innings. Jesse Paciorek has two saves while Brett Hatcher and Dan DeLucia have the other two.

Fausnaugh, a redshirt freshman from Circleville, has made 28 appearances this season, which is tied for sixth most in school history. His seven saves are tied for eighth most, seven behind Davis’ record.


Steve Caravati leads the Buckeyes in batting average in allgames (.394) and in the Big Ten (.422). He is second in the leaguein all games and leads the conference in Big Ten games only. OhioState is batting .302 in all games (third in the Big Ten) and .317in conference games (second in the Big Ten). Steve Caravati led theteam in non-conference games with a .365 average. He had 35 hits,including six doubles and five home runs with 17 RBI in non-leaguegames. Drew Anderson is right behind with a .364 batting averageand the team batted .286 in non-league games. Steve Caravati is theteam’s best batter in the last 10 games. He is batting .514 with 18hits, including four doubles and one triple, and has driven ineight runs. Jacob Howell is second on the team with a .389 average.He has 14 hits, including a triple and home run and has driven innine runs, while scoring seven times of his own. Steve Caravati ledthe team with a .444 average at home and had 19 RBI. Drew Andersonis batting .333 at home, where Ohio State was 15-9 and batting .304as a team. Jedidiah Stephen is the team leader in the 28 games awayfrom Bill Davis Stadium. He has a .371 batting average. Of his 33hits, he has five doubles, two triples and five home runs that haveproduced 16 RBI. His road slugging percentage also leads the team.Steve Caravati’s 26 road RBI lead the Buckeyes. Drew Anderson isthe team leader with 25 multiple-hit games, including 20 games withtwo hits, four games with three hits and one game with four hits.The team his batting .354 in the 31 wins, while batting .226 in thelosses. Steve Caravati is batting .462 and has six home runs and 34RBI when the Buckeyes are victorious. Brett Garrard is batting .412with three home runs and 25 RBI in those games. The team is batting.312 against left-handed pitchers compared to a .299 averageagainst right-handed pitchers. Buckeye pinch hitters have a .304average and are led by Cody Caughenbaugh, who is batting .333(5-for-15) in a pinch-hit role. Ohio State has a .307 average withrunners in scoring position. With runners on third, with at leasttwo out, Ohio State is batting .557. The team has 117 two-out RBI,compared to only 83 by opponents. Steve Caravati’s nine home runsis a season high and his 21 in his career are tied for 21st most inschool annals. His .353 career batting average is tied for ninthall-time. Caravati’s 130 career RBI are tied for 21st. BrettGarrard needs five RBI to reach 100 for his career. The 145 runs hehas scored in his career are 16th all-time at Ohio State. His 189hits are tied for 22nd. Garrard’s 37 career doubles are tied for21st. Drew Anderson’s 209 career hits tie him for 14th in schoolhistory, while his 43 doubles is tied for ninth most by a Buckeye.Three Ohio State players rank among the Top 24 in all-time at bats:Drew Anderson is tied for sixth with 679; Brett Garrard is 10thwith 661 and Mike Rabin is 22nd with 592.

Josh Newman struck out six batters in the opening game against Northwestern to increase his career strikeout total to 279, which is good enough for fourth place on the school’s all-time strikeout list. He needs three more to move into third place and 16 more to move into second place all-time. Newman recorded a career high 14 strikeouts against Illinois, April 2, bettering his all-time best off 11 against Michigan in 2001. Newman had a stretch three games in which he struck out a total of 33 batters earlier this season.

Scott Lewis, who returned to action April 11 following a 10-month, 25-day layoff after he tore his ulnar collateral ligament at Minnesota the final weekend of the 2003 regular season, returned to strikeout six batters in a five-inning start at Purdue and another six at Michigan State. After a two-week layoff, Lewis returned for a 5.0 inning start in game two against Penn State. He struck out five batters without a walk and kept the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard on three hits. He won his first game of the season in a four-inning effort in a seven-inning game against Northwestern. He had another six strikeouts and now has 23 this season in four games. Lewis had Tommy John surgery on May 29, 2003. Lewis is 10th on the school’s all-time strikeout list with 241.

OHIO STATE CAREER STRIKEOUTS 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 382 2. Steve Arlin 1965-66 294 3. Bill Cunningham 1982-85 281 4. Josh Newman 2001-present 279 5. Tim Smith 1989-91 254 6. Mark Dempsey 1977-80 250 7. Paul Semall 1974-77 247 8. Matt Beaumont 1992-94 245 9. Tom Schwarber 1987-91 244 10. Scott Lewis 2002-present 241

Josh Newman picked up his 31st career victory in a 3-1 win over Penn State May 8. The figure is the third most in the history of the program. The senior from Wheelersburg, Ohio, who was drafted in the 31st round of the 2003 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, needs three more wins to tie E.J. Laratta (1999-2002) for second. Newman, who is 7-5 this season, won eight games each of his first three seasons. The school record for career victories is 36 by Justin Fry (1995-99).

Newman’s 354.0 career innings ranks third all-time. He now needs 26.0 innings to move past E.J. Laratta (1999-2002), who is second with 379.2 career innings. Fry also is the school record holder with 419.2 career innings.

OHIO STATE ALL-TIME VICTORIES 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 36 2. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 34 3. Josh Newman 2001-present 31 4. Pete Perini 1947-50 30

OHIO STATE CAREER INNINGS PITCHED 1. Justin Fry 1995-99 419.2 2. E.J. Laratta 1999-02 379.2 3. Josh Newman 2001-present 354.0 4. Pete Perini 1947-59 344.0 5. Chris Granata 1991-94 295.1

Drew Anderson increased his career stolen base tally to 54 with a steal in the second game of the Northwestern series. The steal against the Wildcats pulled him within nine of Mike Check (1998-2001), who is in second place with 63. Anderson is a perfect 17-for-17 this season. He was 20-for-25 as a freshman and was 17-for-19 last season. The school record is 73 set by Roy Marsh (1992-94).

STOLEN BASES 1. Roy Marsh 1992-94 73 2. Mike Check 1998-01 63 3. Drew Anderson 2002-present 54 4. Bo Rein 1965-67 49 5. Wade Manning 1976-78 44

With a triple to lead off the Cleveland State game May 19, Ohio State second baseman Drew Anderson tied the school’s career triples record with his 12th three-bagger in his three-year career. He tied Jason Driscoll (1997-2000). Earlier this season, Anderson tripled three times in a span of five games (games 14-18) to move into a second-place tie on the school’s all-time triples list. Steve Caravati hit his ninth career triple in the finale against Penn State to tie for sixth place all-time.

TRIPLES 1. Drew Anderson 2002-present 12 Jason Driscoll 1997-00 12 3. Scott Meadows 1985-88 11 Tim Kauffman 1975-78 11 5. Mark Carek 1995-98 10 Christian Snavely 2001-03 10

NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) will again serve as the broadcast home for Ohio State baseball and will broadcast a total of 40 regular-season games, plus all postseason contests. Joining veteran broadcaster Frank Fraas will be newcomers Neil Sika and Paul Barnes. or

The Big Ten Tournament gets underway Wednesday in the home stadium of the regular season champion. Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State all enter the weekend with a chance at hosting the postseason event. Minnesota has hosted the last two Big Ten tournaments, which have been won by the Buckeyes. It was last at Bill Davis Stadium in 2001. The first and second place teams do not play until Thursday. The champion will be crowned Saturday or if a team comes out of the loser’s bracket to win that game, a second championship game would be played Sunday. Both of those games will be televised by CSTV.