April 28, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A wild pitch scored the winning run and a Nick Swisher (Jr., Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg) home run added a run of insurance in the bottom of the sixth as Ohio State beat Purdue 3-1 in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader for a split of the weekend series against the Boilermakers.
Ohio State, now 25-13-1 overall and 13-6 in the Big Ten, picked up a run in the third to take a 2-1 lead on a wild pitch by Purdue starter Scott Byrnes. Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) led off the inning with a base hit up the middle and moved to second on Swisher’s second walk of the game. Byrnes’ first wild pitch of the game moved Swisher to second and put Snavely 90 feet away from the plate.
Buckeye starter Scott Lewis (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) finished the game with a career-best 12 strikeouts. After giving up a run in the first inning, he got ground out and two strikeouts to get out of the inning. Purdue third baseman Simon Klink got a base hit off Lewis in the second inning, but the freshman lefthander struck out the next three batters. He also struck out the side in the fourth inning and got his 10th strikeout.
Lewis improved to 5-2 with the complete game victory. In the seventh inning he allowed just the one run (earned) on six hits. He did not walk a Boilermaker.
Byrnes, the Purdue starter who played high school baseball at Cincinnati Moeller, retired seven Ohio State batters in a row but Swisher ended that with his seventh long ball of the season over the fence in right-centerfield. Swisher had walked in his two previous plate appearances, but the home run extended his consecutive game hit streak to 17 games.
Purdue fell to 21-21 overall and 11-9 in the Big Ten after the defeat. The OSU victory salvaged a series tie for the Buckeyes, which have never lost a Big Ten series at Bill Davis Stadium, which opened to start the 1997 season.
Snavely was 2-for-3 for the Buckeye with one run batted in, while Swisher’s home run was his only of the game. Doug Dendinger (Sr., Greenwich, Ohio/South Central) also went 2-for-2 from the plate.
Purdue leftfielder Adam Fazio tripled to lead off the game and then scored on a single through the right side by rightfielder Daniel Underwood. It was the first game of the series that the Boilermakers struck first, but the lead was short-lived as Snavely hit his eighth home run of the year with a shot to right. Ohio State scored in the first inning of all four games against the Boilermakers.
Ohio State will play host to Youngstown State Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., next weekend, for a four-game Big Ten series against Michigan.