April 13, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State allowed Malone to score four runs and tie the game in the top of the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the inning, the Buckeyes erupted for nine runs on four hits and six walks by Pioneer pitching as they stormed to a 15-4 victory Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes made sure they forgot the top of inning by scoring nine times after four hits and six walks. Jay Yorty, the third Malone pitcher of the game, walked the first two batters before his wild pitch scored Matt Angle (Fr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) from third after he stole second and went to third on an throwing error by Pioneer catcher Andy Bruno who was trying to throw him out on the steal.
Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) walked and then after a ground out, Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) also walked. Tony Kennedy (Fr., Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) singled for the second run of the inning before a bases loaded walk by Chris Macke (Fr., Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) led to another run. Jacob Howell (So., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) knocked in two more runs with a deep infield single. Angle walked for the second time in the inning and the Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) reached third base and plated the final three runs when Malone right fielder Alton Thompson lost the ball in the lights. The triple was the second in as many games for Caravati and the 11th of his career, which ties him for third most all-time at Ohio State. Ohio State added one run in the next two innings to build a 15-4 lead before getting shutout for the first inning of the game, going in order in the seventh and eighth.
Howell led the Buckeyes at the plate, delivering three hits and four RBI. Adam Schneider (So., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) collected two hits, both doubles, after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth and as the designated hitter in the sixth. Caravati was 1-for-1, but delivered three runs with a triple. Macke only had one hit, but knocked in four with a ground out, a two-run double in the third and a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.
Howell led off the Buckeye first with a single to left field and became the first run of the game after Wes Schritzinger (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) drew a bases loaded walk.
In the second, the Buckeyes added another run without the aid of a hit. Kennedy reached third on a fielding error on Malone centerfielder Ronnie Lewis, who dropped the ball. A ground out by Macke scored Kennedy to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead.
Ohio State added two runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Stephen led off with a walk and moved to second when Schirtzinger was hit. A sacrifice bunt by Fryer advanced both runners into scoring position before Macke delivered both runners with a double over the head of Malone leftfielder Jason Verner.
But in the top of the fourth, the Malone scored four unearned runs off starting pitcher Dan Barker (Fr., Dayton, Ohio/Northmont), who was making his first start in the scarlet and gray. He gave up a hit and then hit a batter to start the inning, but he committed a throwing error on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Andy Bourquin trying to nab Scott Taylor at second. He then got Zach Winkhart to look at strike three and got Jason Verner and should have been out of the inning without a run crossing the plate.
Instead, Bruno got things going for Malone with a two-run single to right-centerfield and Jarrod Stahl batted in another run before becoming the final out of the inning when he was nabbed at third on a base running mistake on a fielder’s choice by Alton Thompson that scored Bruno to tie the game, 4-4.
Barker struck out two and did not walk a batter in 3.2 innings. He allowed the four unearned runs on five hits and three hit batsmen. Rory Meister (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) came in to rescue Barker with two out in the fourth and got the win to improve to 3-0. He struck out two and allowed only one hit over 2.1 innings. Jeffrey Carroll (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) pitched two innings and Brett Hatcher (Sr., Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) pitched the final frame.
Ohio State, which improved to 17-10 overall, will welcome Michigan State to Bill Davis Stadium this weekend for a four-game Big Ten series. The schedule gets underway with a single game Friday at 6:35 p.m. and continues with a doubleheader Saturday at 1:05 p.m. before concluding with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m. All four games will be broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org, while the Friday and Sunday games will be on the radio at NPR 820 (WOSU-AM). The Buckeyes and Spartans have identical 3-5 conference records to tie for sixth place in the standings.