Season-high crowd takes in perfect weather, tight Buckeye loss to Purdue

“Scarlet and Gray Days” kicked off Friday with a sun-splashed, season-high crowd of 3,093 at Bill Davis Stadium for a 7-4 Ohio State loss to Purdue.

The attendance figure fell shy of setting a stadium record (5,360), which was the goal for the night, but empty seats were scarce in the grandstand as Buckeye fans enjoyed beautiful weather and a close contest with the Boilermakers.

Many fans are in town for the football spring game Saturday and made their first trip to Ohio State’s baseball diamond. First-time visitor Diana Klingelhafer, an admitted OSU marching band “groupie” from Trenton, Mich., missed first pitch Friday but looked forward to full weekend of events.

“We are here for the weekend for all the events and to see my son play in the band tomorrow (at football),” Klingelhafer said. “We are going to it all. We are here tonight, for the full day tomorrow and we are going to softball Sunday.”

Martha Limmer, from Toledo, also was in town to visit her son and they decided to make a weekend out of all the games. Her entire family purchased the $10 all-admission pass for the “Scarlet and Gray Days” weekend.

“It is an excellent deal,” Limmer said. “$10? You can’t argue with that. We always come to the spring (football) game and decided to do the whole thing. It is our first time here (Bill Davis Stadium) and it will be our first lacrosse game ever.”

Ultimately, a Buckeye rally fell short Friday, but a tight ballgame combined with a postgame fireworks show started the weekend with a bang.

~ Pat Kindig,