May 14, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Buckeyes had the runs they needed in the top of the fourth inning when they scored five runs to take a 6-2 lead and then added four more, including three in the seventh as Ohio State got back in the win column with a 10-2 complete game victory by Mike Madsen in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Rocky Miller Park. The win was the 30th this season by Ohio State.
Ohio State, 30-16 overall and 13-11 in the Big Ten, put up a five-spot in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) drew a walk to lead off the inning and then with one out, went to third on a single to right by Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland). After Howell stole second, his 12th stolen base of the season, Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) plated both Bourquin and Howell to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead, but the Buckeyes were not done.
Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) drove in his 43rd RBI of the year with a single to left to score Stephen, who had advanced to second on the throw home that tried to catch Howell. Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) drew a walk before Matt Angle (Fr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) knocked in Farinacci with a single to right. Fryer scored the final run of the inning when Rabin grounded out.
Another Ohio State run came across in the fifth. Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) singled with one out and then went to second on a ground out by Howell before scoring on a single to center by Stephen.
Three more runners crossed the plate in the top of the seventh inning. Adam Schneider (So., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) delivered a pinch-hit single to start the inning and then went to second on a walk by Bourquin. Zoeller moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. Howell plated the first two runners with a shot to center that scored Schneider and Bourquin and then Farinacci singled through the left side to score Howell and give the Buckeyes an eight-run lead.
Madsen, a senior from Canfield, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), struck out a career-best nine batters and walked just two in gaining his third complete game victory of the season and the second in as many games. The win was his sixth of the season, a total that leads the Buckeyes. Madsen allowed both runs on seven hits in the seven-inning game. Farinacci led the Buckeyes in going 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Stephen was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Angle and Howell also collected two-hits.
The Buckeyes turned a lead-off double by Angle into the first run of the game. He went to second on an infield single by Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and then scored on an RBI-ground out by Bourquin.
Northwestern countered the run in the bottom half of the inning, turning a lead-off walk by Pat McMahon into the game-tying run. He went to second on a single up the middle by Mark Ori and to third on an infield single by Jon Mikrut before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Wycklendt to even the score.
Ori gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly that scored Aaron Newman. Mikrut was the only Northwestern player with multiple hits in going 2-for-3.
The Buckeyes, winners of 10 of their last 11 games, had 12 hits, opposite seven hits by Northwestern, and did not have an error in either game of the doubleheader.
Ohio State will go for the series victory Sunday with a single game at 2:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM).