April 9, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to come from behind and beat Purdue 6-4 Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak, was the first win in the Big Ten this year and was the 700th victory at Ohio State for 18th-year head coach Bob Todd.
Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) led off the fifth inning with a single up the middle and then went to third on a single through the left-side by Chris Macke (Fr., Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North). Farinacci stayed at third when Macke was picked off trying to get to second, but scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland). With two out, Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) got the rally started with a single through the left side. Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) followed with a single to left and then Cody Caughenbaugh (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley) tied the game with a single to right that scored Rabin.
Jason Zoeller (So., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) gave the Buckeyes a 6-3 lead with his fourth home run of the season, a towering shot to left field that scored three and helped his team put a win on the left-hand side of the won-loss column for the first time since March 30 against Toledo. Purdue added one run in the top of the seventh to pull within the two-run final.
The home run was Zoeller’s lone hit but gave him three RBI for the game. Macke had his best game of the season in going 3-for-3, and Caravati and Farinacci each had two hits and scored once as the Buckeyes out-hit Purdue 11-8. Mitch Hilligoss led Purdue with two hits. Neither team had an error.
Purdue struck first, getting one run in the top of the second inning. Eric Wolfe led off the inning with a single to left, went to second on a passed ball and to third on a ground out before scoring on a single to left-center by Spencer Ingaldson.
The Buckeyes even the score in the bottom of the inning, rallying with two outs to score the run. Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) got things started with a single to center and then Farinacci reached on an infield single to put two runners on for Macke, who singled through the left side to plate Stephen.
The Boilermakers scored twice in the third inning. Luebke walked John Phegley to lead off the inning. He went to second when Andy Dahl reached on a bunt single. Mitch Hilligoss moved both runners up with his sacrifice bunt. Phegley scored on a fielder’s choice by Neal Gorka that was scooped up by Farinacci, the Buckeye first baseman, who tried to get Phegley at home, but the throw was not in time. A wild pitch scored Dahl to give the Boilermakers a 3-1 lead.
Ohio State and Purdue finish out the doubleheader later today before concluding the series Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and both games will be on the Internet at www.wosu.org.