May 25, 2004
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(32-23; 19-12 Big Ten)
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
May 26-29, 2004
First Game: vs. TBA
Thursday, May 27, 4:35 p.m. (EDT)
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (18)
1985, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998,
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS (SIX)
1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003
OHIO STATE RADIO/INTERNET
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Frank Fraas, Neil Sika and Paul Barnes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will be trying to do something no other Big Ten team has been able to do in the 23-year history of the conference tournament and that is win three straight Big Ten tournament championships. Only the Buckeyes and Michigan have won back-to-back titles with the Wolverines winning in 1983 and 1984. Ohio State has won the Big Ten tournament each of the last two seasons and also won consecutive championships in 1994 and 1995.
Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minn. will again be the backdrop for Ohio State’s run at a third straight attempt to lock up the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes are trying to make it to a fourth straight NCAA regional. Last season, the Buckeyes parlayed the conference tournament championship into a regional championship and super regional berth, coming within two wins of advancing to the College World Series.
This year, the Buckeyes find themselves as the No. 2 seed in Minneapolis for the third straight season. The Golden Gophers took two of three games last weekend to earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s conference postseason tournament. It was the third straight year the teams decided the regular season title against each other and the second straight year at Siebert Field. Joining the Buckeyes and Gophers in the tournament are No. 3 seed Michigan, No. 4 seed Michigan State, No. 5 seed Purdue and No. 6 seed Penn State.
Michigan State and Purdue open the tournament Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. (EDT) and will be followed by Michigan and Penn State at 4:35 p.m. The losers of those two games get action started Thursday at 1:05 p.m. and will be followed at 4:35 p.m. by Ohio State, who will play the highest seeded winner from Wednesday action. At 8:05, Minnesota will then play the lowest seeded winner from Wednesday. The championship game will be played at 8:05 p.m. Saturday and will be televised by CSTV tape delayed Monday, May 31. A tournament bracket appears on the last page of this release.
ABOUT OHIO STATE
Minnesota took two of three games from the Buckeyes last weekend to clinch its third straight Big Ten regular season championship. The Golden Gophers needed to win only two of the four scheduled games, while the Buckeyes needed to win three of the four. Minnesota cruised past Ohio State 13-1 in the series opener before the Buckeyes claimed a 10-6 win in game two thanks to a pinch hit grand slam by freshman Adam Schneider. The Gophers claimed a 7-2 win in game three before game four was washed out. Had Ohio State won game four, it would have tied Minnesota for the regular season championship and hosted the Big Ten tournament based on the head-to-head tie-breaker.
Instead, the Buckeyes were forced to wait on the outcome of a Sunday doubleheader in Ann Arbor to see what seed it would secure. Had Michigan won both games against Penn State it would have taken the No. 2 seed, but the Wolverines lost the nightcap 5-2, earning the No. 3 seed. Those two teams meet again in the first round of the tournament.
Jacob Howell batted .500 to lead the Buckeyes in the three games against Minnesota last week, going 5-for-10 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored. Ronnie Bourquin was 4-for-10 with one double, one RBI and one run scored. Brett Garrard batted in three runs with a pair of home runs, while Schneider was the leading RBI guy with his pinch-hit grand slam in game two.
Steve Caravati leads Ohio State and the Big Ten with his .388 batting average. In conference games, the average swells to .407, which is second among league batters behind Northwestern’s Mark Ori, who is batting .412. Caravati also leads the team with 81 hits, nine home runs, 47 RBI, a .603 slugging percentage and a .443 on-base percentage. Caravati has 46 hits in Big Ten play, 10 doubles and 30 RBI. Drew Anderson has 73 hits, including a team-best 17 doubles, and is tied for second on the team with a .324 batting average with Howell, who he also shares the team lead with four triples. The Buckeyes are batting .302 as a team, third in the Big Ten.
Mike Madsen leads the conference with eight wins though Minnesota’s Glen Perkins tied him with a game one victory against Ohio State last Friday. Madsen was scheduled to pitch game four against the Gophers, but it was rained out. Madsen is 8-3 on the year with a 4.12 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. In his last outing, Madsen tossed a three-hit complete game win in the third game vs. Northwestern. Josh Newman is the team leader in strikeouts (95) and innings pitched (94.1) and is second on the team with a 7-6 record and 4.10 ERA. Trent Luyster has a 4.08 ERA to lead the regular starting rotation. Scott Lewis, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 20.2 innings over five games after returning from elbow surgery May 29, 2003. Ohio State has a 4.29 team ERA, which is the lowest mark of the season and leads the Big Ten. Ohio State has not announced probable starters for the Big Ten Tournament.
IN THE TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes are making their 18th overall appearance at the Big Ten Tournament and the 16th under 17th-year head coach Bob Todd. The only year Ohio State has not qualified for the tournament under Todd was in 1996 when Penn State played host to a four-team championship. The Buckeyes had won the tournament in 1994 and 1995, but the void allowed Indiana to win the championship. The appearance by the Buckeyes trails only the 21 appearances made by Minnesota. Michigan is making its 16th Big Ten Tournament. Those three programs are the winningest programs in the history of the event. Minnesota has won seven tournament championships while Ohio State and Michigan are tied with six tournament titles. Michigan owns a .604 winning percentage (32-21), while Minnesota is second at .600 (42-28) and Ohio State third at .586 (34-24).
Ohio State is making its eighth straight appearance at the conference tournament, the longest active streak of any school in the Big Ten and equal to the school record of eight appearances from 1988-95. The eight straight berths trails Michigan’s string of nine during the first nine years of the Big Ten tournament.
AGAINST THE FIELD
Ohio State had a combined 9-10 record against the other five teams that qualified for the Big Ten Tournament. The only series victory came against Michigan State with the Buckeyes taking three of four games in East Lansing. The Buckeyes split on the road at Purdue and at home with Penn State, but lost 3-1 to Michigan at home for the second straight year and 2-1 at Minnesota. Ohio State has played 21 tournament games against the Golden Gophers and holds an 11-10 advantage. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have played 12 tournament games with Ohio state holding a 7-5 margin.
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten in the Tournament Illinois 2-4 Indiana 3-0 Iowa 2-1 Michigan 7-5 Michigan State 1-1 Minnesota 11-10 Northwestern 4-0 Penn State 1-2 Purdue 3-1 Total 34-24
Ohio State Against the Field All-Time School Overall Bob Todd Minnesota 64-67-2 30-31-1 Michigan 86-143-2 47-31 Michigan State 118-74-1 49-19 Purdue 121-51-1 37-11 Penn State 39-21-0 35-18
Ohio State vs. Overall/Big Ten ’04 Series No. 1 Minnesota 35-20/21-10 1-2 No. 3 Michigan 32-24/19-13 1-3 No. 4 Michigan State 32-24/19-13 3-1 No. 5 Purdue 28-26/17-14 2-2 No. 6 Penn State 28-27/17-15 2-2 Total 9-10
BUCKEYES BEAT MINNESOTA TWICE TO WIN 2003 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
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.
GARRARD NAMED M.O.P. AT 2003 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Brett Garrard was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament in going 9-for-19 with a .474 batting average. He had four home runs for five RBI and touched 23 bases for a slugging percentage of 1.211. Joining him on the all-tournament team by pitcher Josh Newman, outfielders Christian Snavely and Mike Rabin, and designated hitter Steve Caravati.
Newman picked up two wins at the tournament in 9 2/3 innings with one start. He picked up his first win in a 4-2 victory over Michigan and then came in the second championship game in relief in the 17-10 triumph. He allowed three runs (two vs. Michigan) on 10 hits. He had five strikeouts and only one walk.
Snavely batted .421 (8-for-19) in the five games and had one double and three home runs for 11 RBI, while Rabin had a tournament record 11 hits in leading the Buckeyes with a .579 batting average (11-for-19). Caravati had a tournament record 13 RBI in going 7-for-20 (.350) in five games.
Ohio State All-Tournament Selections
M.O.P. – Brett Garrard, Ohio State
P – Josh Newman, Ohio State
SS – Brett Garrard, Ohio State
OF – Christian Snavely, Ohio State
OF – Mike Rabin, Ohio State
DH – Steve Caravati, Ohio State
BUCKEYES ALSO WON TOURNEY TITLE AT MINNESOTA IN 2001
Ohio State went a perfect 3-0 to win its fifth Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2002 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Buckeyes opened with an 11-10 10-inning victory over fourth-seeded Indiana. A walk-off home run by Joe Wilkins the bottom of the 10th inning gave Ohio State the victory. The Buckeyes advanced to the final by beating sixth-seeded Northwestern 5-2. The tournament championship came with a 6-3 victory over Minnesota on its own field to win the school’s fifth Big Ten tournament championship and earn the league’s automatic berth in an NCAA tournament. Ohio State went on to reach the regional final against Notre Dame, which advanced to the College World Series after beating top-seeded Florida State in super regional play. The win at Siebert Field was payback to Minnesota for celebrating the Big Ten regular season championship on Ohio State’s home field the final day of the regular season. Scott Lewis pitched a complete game, giving up the three runs on just six hits.
MINNESOTA CRUISES PAST OSU
Luke MacLean was 4-for-5 and batted in two runs to lead Minnesota to a 13-1 victory in the opening game of a four-game Big Ten Friday night at Siebert Field. Minnesota starting pitcher Glen Perkins remained perfect against the Big Ten in the regular season with the seven-hit victory to improve to 15-0 in two seasons with his fourth complete game of the season. He allowed only one run and struck out nine batters without a walk. He allowed only two runners to move into scoring position after the first inning.
Three of the seven Ohio State hits were in the first inning. Steve Caravati knocked in Drew Anderson with a single up the middle in the top of the first inning to give Ohio State an early 1-0 lead. Anderson led off the game with a single to left-center and then picked up his 18th stolen base of the season (on 18 tries) to move into scoring position.
Minnesota got three hits, including back-to-back base hits to score two runs giving the Gophers a 2-1 lead. Both pitchers settled down after that as Perkins retired the next 11 batters he faced before Paul Farinacci broke the streak with a single to left-center field to leadoff the fifth inning. Newman retired his next nine before a strikeout-wild pitch allowed Mike Mee to reach base in the fourth. Minnesota scored three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth. Six more Gopher runs crossed the plate in the eighth inning.
The loss was the worst conference defeat for Ohio State since 1989 when Michigan handed the Buckeyes a 14-2 setback on May 8.
SCHNEIDER PINCH-HIT GRAND SLAM DIFFERENCE IN 10-6 BUCKEYE WIN
Brett Garrard’s two-run home run and a pinch-hit grand slam by Adam Schneider broke a tie and propelled Ohio State to a 10-6 victory in game two.
With the score tied 4-4 entering the fifth inning, Garrard lined his fourth home run of the season over the fence in left field to put Ohio State on top 6-4. Schneider gave Ohio State a six-run lead in the sixth inning with his first grand slam and the second for the Buckeyes this season. Minnesota scored two times in the bottom of the seventh to close within the four-run final.
After losing by 12 runs in the opener, the Buckeyes stormed out to a 4-0 lead before Minnesota even took a turn in the batter’s box. The Gophers scored their first run in the third and then tied the game with a three-spot in the fourth.
Jeffrey Carroll got the win for Ohio State to improve to 4-2 on the year. He pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed three runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out two, coming in for starter Scott Lewis, who did not strike out a batter for the first time in his career (in 3.1 innings). The Buckeyes handed Molldrem his only loss in Big Ten play. Jacob Howell and Ronnie Bourquin each finished the game with three hits to pace Ohio State offensively through it was Garrard and Schneider who delivered a bulk of the RBI.
GOPHERS SEAL TOP SEED IN 7-2 WIN
Minnesota scored four runs in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie and Golden Gopher starting pitcher Jay Gagner retired a string of 13 batters, holding the Buckeyes to four hits in leading Minnesota to a 7-2 triumph and the Big Ten regular season championship in game three.
Andy Hunter knocked in Sam Steidl to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Buckeyes countered in the top of the second, capitalizing on a back-to-back walks by Gagner. Brett Garrard and Ronnie Bourquin reached on the free passes. Gagner responded with a strikeout but gave up a single to right-center field to Jacob Howell that scored Garrard from second. Bourquin moved to second on the play and then got to third by Kelly Houser. Any further Buckeye threat ended when Drew Anderson grounded into a 5-3 double play, which stranded a pair of base runners.
Minnesota exploded for four runs in the bottom of the second inning, which started with back-to-back home runs by Tony Leseman and Sean Kommerstad. Steidl kept things going with a single to left field and then stole second before OSU starter Trent Luyster walked Luke MacLean. That chased Luyster out of the game after only 1.0 inning of work as Jeffrey Carroll, who got the win in the first game Saturday, came in to strikeout Matt Fornasiere after a double steal put both runners in scoring position. Jake Elder singled to left-center field to score both Steidl and MacLean as the Golden Gophers took a 5-1 lead.
Elder delivered two more runs in the third inning with a two-out single to center field to extend the Minnesota lead to 7-1. Including the double play that ended Ohio State’s second inning, Gagner retired 13 batters in a row until it was broken up with Garrard’s second home run of the day to lead off the top of the seventh. The home run pulled the Buckeyes within the five-run final.
Gagner improved to 4-0 on the season with the complete game victory, limiting the Buckeyes to four hits. He walked three and struck out two. Luyster fell to 4-5 with the loss. Howell was 2-for-3 with one RBI to lead Ohio State at the plate. Stiedl was 4-for-4 to pace the Gophers.
SAVES RECORD IN JEOPARDY
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. Ohio State already has 15 saves, one away from the record. The Buckeyes also have eight saves in Big Ten play, which is one away from the conference 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 4-5 record and 4.08 ERA in 81.2 innings. Jesse Paciorek has two saves while Brett Hatcher and Dan DeLucia have the other two.
Fausnaugh, a redshirt freshman from Circleville, has made 29 appearances this season, which is tied for fourth most in school history. His seven saves are tied for eighth most, seven behind Davis’ record.
NEWMAN CLIMBING STRIKEOUT LIST
Josh Newman struck out seven batters in the opening game at Minnesota to increase his career strikeout total to 286, which moved him into third place on the school’s all-time strikeout list. He needs nine more to move into second. 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. Josh Newman 2001-present 286 4. Bill Cunningham 1982-85 281 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
NEWMAN TIED FOR THIRD IN WINS
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 but returned to Ohio State for his senior season, needs three more wins to tie E.J. Laratta (1999-2002) for second. Newman, who is 7-6 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 360.0 career innings ranks third all-time. He now needs 20.0 innings to move past E.J. Laratta (1999-2002), who is second with 379.2 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 360.0 4. Pete Perini 1947-59 344.0 5. Chris Granata 1991-94 295.1
ANDERSON THIRD IN STEALS
Drew Anderson increased his career stolen base tally to 56 with a pair of steals in the Minnesota series. The two steals moved him within seven of Mike Check (1998-2001), who is in second place with 63. Anderson is a perfect 19-for-19 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 56 4. Bo Rein 1965-67 49 5. Wade Manning 1976-78 44
ANDERSON LEADS IN CAREER TRIPLES
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
Steve Caravati leads the Buckeyes in batting average in allgames (.388) and in the Big Ten (.407). He leads the league in allgames and is second in the conference in Big Ten games only. OhioState is batting .302 in all games (third in the Big Ten) and .314in 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 .543 with 19hits, including four doubles, nine RBI and five runs scored. JacobHowell is second on the team with a .351 average. He has 13 hits,nine RBI and seven runs scored. Steve Caravati led the team with a.444 average at home and had 19 RBI. Drew Anderson batted .333 athome, where Ohio State was 15-9 and batted .304 as a team. JedidiahStephen is the team leader in the 28 games away from Bill DavisStadium. He has a .371 batting average. Of his 33 hits, he has fivedoubles, two triples and five home runs that have produced 16 RBI.His road slugging percentage also leads the team. Steve Caravati’s26 road RBI lead the Buckeyes. Drew Anderson is the team leaderwith 26 multiple-hit games, including 21 games with two hits, fourgames with three hits and one game with four hits. The team hasbatting .357 in the 32 wins, while batting .223 in the 23 losses.Steve Caravati is batting .463 and has six home runs and 35 RBIwhen the Buckeyes are victorious. Brett Garrard is batting .415with four home runs and 27 RBI in those games. The team is batting.305 against left-handed pitchers compared to a .301 averageagainst right-handed pitchers. Buckeye pinch hitters have a .319average and are led by Cody Caughenbaugh, who is batting .333(5-for-15) in a pinch-hit role. Adam Schneider is 2-for-2 as apinch hitter and delivered a pinch-hit grand slam in game two ofthe Minnesota series. Ohio State has a .309 average with runners inscoring position. With runners on third, with at least two out,Ohio State is batting .556. The team has 119 two-out RBI, comparedto only 93 by opponents. Steve Caravati’s nine home runs is aseason 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 132 career RBI are tied for 20th. BrettGarrard needs two RBI to reach 100 for his career. The 148 runs hehas scored in his career rank 15th all-time at Ohio State. His 192hits rank 21st, while his 37 career doubles are tied for 21st. DrewAnderson’s 212 career hits rank 14th in school history, while his44 doubles is tied for sixth most by a Buckeye. Three Ohio Stateplayers rank among the Top 22 in all-time at bats: Drew Anderson istied for fifth with 690; Brett Garrard is eighth with 671 and MikeRabin is 22nd with 602.
TODD CLAIMS VICTORY NO. 800
Ohio State head coach Bob Todd won the 800th victory of his career in the 3-1 victory over Penn State on May 8. Todd won the 700th game of his career March 17, 2002 against Detroit. Todd, who is the winningest coach in school history, entered the season with the 27th most wins among active coaches in the NCAA. Earlier this season, Todd became only the second coach in the history of the Big Ten to win 300 league games.
MILESTONE CAREER WINS
1 – March 23, 1984 vs. Mercer (18-4)
100 – March 25, 1987 vs. UNC-Wilm. (12-10)
200 – April 1, 1990 vs. Wisconsin (7-4)
300 – April 22, 1992 vs. Ohio (16-2)
400 – May 14, 1994 vs. Purdue (8-7)
500 – March 30, 1997 at Michigan St. (4-0)
600 – May 5, 1999 vs. Oakland (11-9)
700 – March 17, 2002 vs. Detroit (7-2)
800 – May 8, 2004 vs. Penn State (3-1)
MILESTONE OHIO STATE WINS
1 – Feb. 27, 1988 vs. Louisville (16-2)
100 – Feb. 22, 1991 vs. Dartmouth (14-7)
200 – March 28, 1993 vs. Cleveland St. (9-5)
300 – April 13, 1995 at Wright State (16-6)
400 – May 16, 1997 at Michigan (9-2)
*479 – May 7, 1999 vs. Michigan St. (34-4)
500 – March 22, 2000 vs. Florida Int’l (2-0)
600 – May 19, 2002 vs. Minnesota (9-2)
*became the winningest coach in Ohio State history.
MILESTONE BIG TEN WINS
1 – April 3, 1988 vs. Illinois (14-6)
100 – May 1, 1993 vs. Michigan (3-2)
200 – May 10, 1998 vs. Michigan State (5-4)
300 – April 2, 2004 vs. Illinois (5-1)
Only victories recognized by the NCAA calculated in determining milestone wins. Ohio State defeated Windsor 12-5 on April 9, 1991. The NCAA does not count victories against teams outside the United States and treats that game as an exhibition, thus not counting towards Bob Todd’s overall career record.
Bob Todd BECOMES SECOND BIG TEN COACH TO REACH 300
With the Buckeyes 5-1 victory over Illinois April 2, 17th year coach Bob Todd won his 300th career Big Ten game, becoming the second coach to ever top the number. Current Minnesota coach John Anderson guided the Golden Gophers to 354 Big Ten victories entering his 23rd season in Minneapolis. He recorded his 300th conference victory during the 2001 season, his 20th season at Minnesota. Former Golden Gopher coach Dick Siebert had 295 conference wins.
CAUGHENBAUGH NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT BY COSIDA
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.
VS. 2004 BIG TEN TOURNEY FIELD…
MICHIGAN WINS SERIES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
For the second straight season, Michigan handed Ohio State a home series loss. The Wolverines are the only team to take three of four games in the eight-year history of Bill Davis Stadium.
Michigan scored three runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth inning and held Ohio State to only three hits the rest of the way to knock off the Buckeyes 6-1 in the first game of the series. Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Ohio State got the run back in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on a pair of base hits by Steve Caravati and Jedidiah Stephen to start the inning. Jason Zoeller delivered the two-out RBI scoring Caravati to tie the game 1-1. The Wolverines scored three runs in the fifth inning to break the tie and take a 4-1 lead. Michigan turned another leadoff walk in the seventh and added a run in the top of the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly. Zoeller led Ohio State at the plate going 3-for-4 with the team while five others provided one hit apiece.
Stephen singled down the right-field line with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning to deliver the winning run as Ohio State defeated Michigan 2-1 in game two. Derek Kinnear reached on a fielding error on Michigan third baseman A.J. Scheidt. Wolverine starting pitcher Derek Feldkamp walked Drew Anderson. A base hit through the right side by Jacob Howell moved Anderson to third before Feldkamp and the Wolverines intentionally walked Caravati to load the bases. Stephen got his only hit of the game to deliver Anderson as the winning run. Anderson finished 3-for-3, while Howell finished 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. He was also hit by a pitch. Trent Luyster improved to 3-3 after pitching a three-hit complete game, allowing the only Michigan run in the fourth inning, to go with five strikeouts and a three walks.
With a one-run lead going into the sixth inning of game three, Michigan scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to save a doubleheader split with an 8-4 victory. The Wolverines moved ahead 6-3 with a pair of runs on five base hits in the sixth inning. Garrard singled in the fourth Buckeye run in the sixth inning. Four different Wolverines finished the game with two hits, including Mahler, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Getz, Roberts and Roblin each added two hits as Michigan out-slugged the Buckeyes 11-5. Five different Ohio State players had singles, including a two-RBI home run by Caravati.
In the series finale, Michigan broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning by scoring nine runs en route to a 13-2 victory against Ohio State that clinched the second straight 3-1 series win against the Buckeyes on their home field. OSU starter Dan DeLucia walked the first two batters of the fourth inning and hit the third to load the bases. DeLucia had started strong retiring nine of his first 10 batters. He allowed the first six runs on three hits, three walks and one hit batsman. He had only one strikeout in falling to 1-2 on the year. The Buckeyes scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kunkel finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored to lead Michigan. Four other Wolverines added two hits each as they out-hit Ohio State 13-6. Hammond picked up the win, going 8.0 innings, allowing the two runs in the fourth inning with two walks. He did not have a strikeout in the game. Rabin was the only Buckeye to have multiple hits.
BUCKEYES WIN FINAL THREE AT MICHIGAN STATE FOR SERIES WIN
Ohio State took the final three games of the Michigan State series to win the series 3-1 and move alone to the top of the Big Ten Conference standings through the first three weeks of conference play. The Spartans won 10-7 in the first game, but the Buckeyes came back to win 8-7, 19-2 and 6-1. Ohio State hit nine home runs in the series and out-scored Michigan State 46-29. The 46 runs were the most scored in a four-game series with a Big Ten opponent since 1999, when the Buckeyes out-scored Michigan State 66-14.
Michigan State broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a two-run lead before adding another in the eighth to defeat Ohio State 10-7 in a seesaw battle April 16 in the opening game of the series. For Michigan State in the bottom of the seventh, third baseman James Moreno doubled to left-center field with one out and then designated hitter Sean Walker doubled down the left-field line with two outs to score Moreno. Walker scored on a single through the right side by shortstop Troy Krider. The Spartans added an insurance run in the eighth, scoring Oliver Wolcott from second on a single up the middle by Travis Gulick. Jesse Paciorek was responsible for the eighth and ninth runs of the game by Michigan State and was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season. Josh Newman came out of the game in the sixth inning. He allowed seven runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Ohio State sprinted out to a 6-2 lead only to stave off a comeback bid by Michigan State and hand the Spartans their first home loss by a score of 8-7 April 17 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Spartans slowly whittled back at the Buckeye four-run lead, getting three to cross the plate in the next two innings to tie the game 6-6 heading to the top of the sixth. The Buckeyes broke the tie with two runs in the sixth, scoring both runs with two outs. Derek Kinnear delivered a one-out double, but then was caught stealing for the second out of the inning. Drew Anderson drew a walk and then stole second before getting hit in with a single to center field by Mike Rabin. Rabin scored from first on a fielding error by the Spartan centerfielder to take an 8-6 lead. The Spartans took benefit of a two-out walk by Wolcott. He moved to third on a double by Gulick and then scored on wild pitch by Buckeye reliever Brett Hatcher to pull within the final one-run tally. Trey Fausnaugh picked up the win in relief to improve to 2-1 on the season. Trent Luyster finished out the game to pick up his fourth save.
After squeaking by with a one-run victory in the first game of the doubleheader with Michigan State, Ohio State made no doubt about it in the second game pounding the Spartans 19-2. Ohio State put up two runs in the first and then single runs in the second, third and fourth inning before exploding for eight runs in the fifth to take a 13-2 lead. The Buckeyes scored two more in the sixth and added five in the final frame of the day. Starting pitcher Mike Madsen pitched his first complete game of the season allowing the two runs by Michigan State in the first three innings. The score after three innings was 4-2. Madsen improved to 5-2 with the victory allowing the two runs on seven hits. Madsen retired 10 of 11 batters to end the game. Brett Garrard was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game driving in four runs in eight-run fifth inning with a grand slam. He walked in the first, singled in the third, doubled in his first at bat in the fifth and capped the inning with the four-run blast before doubling in the eighth inning. He missed the cycle by a triple. His grand slam was the first by a Buckeye since March 15, 2003 when Terry Pettorini belted a fourth-inning grand slam in a 15-7 victory against Eastern Michigan. Anderson, Jacob Howell, Steve Caravati and Kinnear added three hits apiece.
Ohio State squandered a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but stormed back with five runs in the eighth to claim a 12-10 victory April 18 clinch the Big Ten series 3-1. Trailing 7-4 at the seventh-inning stretch, Michigan State homered three more times to take a 9-7 lead. Ohio State responded with five runs of its own in the top of the eighth thanks to four doubles and a pair of Spartan errors. Rabin doubled with one out before Kinnear doubled to put runners at second and third. After the second strikeout of the inning, Howell reached on a costly error on the Michigan State shortstop. Scoring on the play were Rabin and Kinnear after the ball rolled into center field. Howell stole second and on a fielding error that went into center field, Howell was able to get to third. Caravati doubled to score Howell and give the Buckeyes a 10-9 lead. Jedidiah Stephen drew a walk before Ronnie Bourquin doubled in Caravati and Stephen for two more runs and a 12-9 lead. Michigan State scored once more in the bottom of the ninth for the two run loss. Luyster picked up the victory to improve to 2-3 on the season despite allowing six runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. Brett Hatcher picked up his first save this season. Caravati and Bourquin each finished 3-for-5 in the game and each batted in three runs.
BUCKEYES AND PURDUE SPLIT
Ohio State left-handed pitcher Josh Newman took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out 10 batters in 8.2 innings to lead Ohio State to a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the Purdue series. Newman retired the first nine batters of the game, before back-to-back Buckeye errors put runners on base in the fourth inning as Purdue was able to get a sac fly to take a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Drew Anderson hit his second home run of the season in the top of the fifth to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. Newman took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth when second baseman Eric Osborn tripled to right-center field with one out. Newman responded with a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning without any damage. In the eighth inning, Jacob Howell doubled down the left-field line with one out and then scored on a single by leftfielder Steve Caravati to extend the Buckeye lead to 3-1. The Boilermakers answered the run in the bottom of the inning to close within the final score. Offensively for the Buckeyes, Rabin was the only player with two hits. He was 2-for-4 while Anderson batted in two runs in going 1-for-4. Caravati was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Ohio State scored two runs to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning, but gave up a bases-loaded walk to lose a 5-4 decision to Purdue in the first game of a doubleheader April 10. First baseman Paul Farinacci led off the seventh inning with his first home run of the season. The shot cleared the fence in left field and pulled the Buckeyes within one run, 4-3. Jedidiah Stephen singled to left field to score Rabin and tied the game 4-4 and forced Purdue to bat in the bottom of the inning, when Jeffrey Carroll hit third baseman Simon Klink to load the bases and then walked Eric Osborn, the winning run. Rabin was 2-for-3 and both Howell and Stephen were 2-for-4.
Shortstop Brett Garrard and designated hitter Adam Schneider each homered and combined for five RBI as the Buckeyes beat Purdue 9-5 in the second game of a doubleheader Garrard went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Schneider went 2-for-4 to score two. Stephen finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. The Buckeyes scored in every inning except the sixth. The Buckeyes took a 7-4 lead in the top of the fifth on a three-run home run to left-center field by Garrard. His first home run of the season also scored Stephen and Schneider. The Boilermakers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning before the Buckeyes added their final two runs on the second home run of the day by Adam Schneider. Dan DeLucia picked up his first win as a Buckeye, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing all five runs on seven hits. He had one walk and two strikeouts. Trent Luyster picked up his third save of the season and his second of the weekend.
Purdue scored one run in the bottom of the 16th inning on a fielding error to hand Ohio State a 5-4 loss in the Big Ten series finale April 11. The win gave the Buckeyes and Boilermakers a series split. Anderson committed the first error of the game on a ground ball by Purdue catcher Ben Fritz, which allowed Mike Coles to score the winning run. Scott Lewis, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, started the game in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery May 29, 2003. Lewis threw 66 pitches over five innings and had six strikeouts without allowing a walk. He gave up four hits and left the game with a 3-1 lead.
BUCKEYES AND NITTANY LIONS SPLIT
Ohio State won the nine-inning bookends and Penn State swept the doubleheader as the teams split a weekend series May 8-10 at Bill Davis Stadium to remain tied for second in the Big Ten standings.
Jacob Howell was 3-for-4 with a single, triple and home run to lead Ohio State to a 3-1 victory over Penn State in the first of four games last weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The victory was the 800th for head coach Bob Todd, who is in his 21st season as a college head coach. Howell got a hold of a first-pitch fastball with one out in the bottom of the first inning and sent it out of the park about 10 feet to the left of the right-field foul pole to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. Penn State tied the game in the top of the third. Howell led off the bottom of the fourth with his team-leading fourth triple of the season and scored on a ground out by Steve Caravati. Brett Garrard drove in Jedidiah Stephen with a single to left field to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. OSU starter Josh Newman retired the last 10 batters he faced. Newman left the game with eight strikeouts after eight innings of work, allowing only four hits. Trey Fausnaugh picked up his fifth save of the season.
With Ohio State starter Scott Lewis out of the game, Penn State got the only run it needed to end the Buckeyes’ seven-game win streak in the top of the sixth handing Ohio State a 1-0 loss in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium. Jesse Paciorek started the sixth in relief of Lewis and got a ground out before a single through the left side by Milliron and a wild pitch put a runner in scoring position. Paciorek walked Clint Eury to end his day as Trey Fausnaugh came to the hill. He gave up a single up the middle to pinch hitter Lance Thompson and Milliron was able to slide past a throw from Mike Rabin in center field to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead.
Penn State sprinted out to a 6-0 lead through four innings and held on to deal Ohio State a 6-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium. Penn State scored two in the first and third and single runs in the second and fourth innings. Luyster got his first loss since March 31 to snap a string of four victories and drop to 4-4 on the season. He gave up all six runs, though only five were earned on 11 hits. The doubleheader loss marked the first time since 2002 at Michigan that Ohio State lost both ends of a doubleheader
Ohio State overcame a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the third inning and later scored five runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to defeat Penn State 9-4 in the series finale. Penn State scored three times in the first three innings and starting pitcher Clayton Hamilton kept Buckeye bats silent as he retired the first eight batters of the game. But Ohio State rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the third inning to claim a 4-3 lead. With two outs, Derek Kinnear got things started with a single to right field. Drew Anderson followed with a single to center before Jacob Howell delivered the first run of the game with an infield single that dribbled past Hamilton and stopped just shy of Leitgeb, the Nittany Lion second baseman. Hamilton walked Steve Caravati to load the bases and then designated hitter Adam Schneider cleared the base paths with a double to the right-field corner to put the Buckeyes lifted the Buckeyes to a one-run advantage. Madsen won his seventh game of the season, pitching eight innings and allowing all four runs on seven hits.
NEWMAN EARNS SECOND PITCHER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADE
Ohio State senior left-handed pitcher Josh Newman has been named the Big Ten Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a 3-1 victory against Penn State in the series opener Saturday, the league office announced May 11. Newman picked up career win No. 31 holding the Nittany Lions to one unearned run on four hits while striking out eight. Newman collects pitcher of the week accolades for the second time this season, as he also split the honor March 16.
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The NCAA will announce the 64-team field for the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on Monday, May 31 at noon live on ESPN2. The 16 regional sites will be announced one day earlier live on ESPN following game 11 of the Division I Softball Championship. Regional play will be June 4-6. Winners of those 16 regionals will be pair off for a best-of-three series in Super Regional action June 11-14. The College World Series will be held June 18-28 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.