April 22, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan benefited from three early Ohio State errors and scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on its way to an 11-3 victory in its first-ever night game at Ray Fisher Stadium in front a nationally televised audience on ESPN.
The Wolverines erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning taking full benefit of a pair of Buckeye throwing errors and six hits. Brad Roblin led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a bunt by Eric Rose. OSU starter Dan DeLucia (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) fielded a bunt by Matt Butler but threw high to first baseman Paul Farinacci (Sr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) that allowed Butler to reach third and both Roblin and Rose to score. Chris Getz singled to left to plate Butler and give Michigan a 6-0 lead.
DeLucia then walked Kyle Bohm before getting pulled in favor of Jeffrey Carroll (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson). Carroll tried to pick off Bohm at first, but an errant throw allowed Getz to score from second and allowed Bohm to reach third. Jeff Kunkel doubled to score Bohm before he was caught at third on a fielder’s choice by Mike Schmidt. After a groundout by A.J. Scheidt, Leif Mahler singled to right-center before Roblin hit him in with a double down the right field line. Roblin scored for the second time in the inning on a base hit up the middle by Rose. The Buckeyes finally got out of the inning when Rory Meister (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) got Butler, his first batter, to pop out to first. The eight-run inning gave Michigan a 10-0 lead.
Ohio State finally got on the board in the top of the sixth inning on a one-out home run by Eric Fryer (Fr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg). The solo shot cleared the fence in left field and was his first career home run.
Michigan got the run back in the bottom of the inning to maintain a 10-run lead, 11-1. Bohm doubled with one out and then went to third on a fly out by Kunkel and scored on a Meister wild pitch.
The Buckeyes scored their final two runs of the game in the eighth inning, scoring twice on two hits and a pair of Michigan errors. Jedidiah Stephen (Jr., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) reached on a fielding error and went to second on a single through the left side by Fryer. With one out, Mike Rabin (Sr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) beat out an infield single to load the bases. Ronnie Bourquin (So., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) reached on the second Wolverine fielding error of the inning that scored Stephen and then Fryer scored on a sacrifice fly by Steve Caravati (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) to pull within the 11-3 final tally.
Fryer was 2-for-4 with one RBI, though Rabin led the Buckeyes at the plate going 3-for-4. Bourquin and Caravati delivered the other two RBI. Rose was 3-for-5 with one RBI to pace Michigan, which drove in only six of its 11 runs. Bohm and Mahler each were 2-for-3 as Michigan out-slugged the Buckeyes 11-6. Each team had three errors in a rain-soaked and cold night in Ann Arbor.
Michigan scored its first two runs in the third inning when it was able to capitalize on a throwing error by Bourquin, the Buckeye third baseman that allowed Rose to score from second. Bourquin, playing his first game after missing 11 games from a broken bone in his left thumb, scooped a Butler bunt and threw it high over the head of Farinacci at first. Butler was able to advance to second and Rose, who led off the inning with a double, scored from second. Butler gave Michigan a 2-0 lead when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Bohm.
The series continues Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Saturday when the teams meet for a doubleheader that was moved up because of the threat of significant snowfall. The doubleheader originally was scheduled for 4:05 p.m. The series will conclude Sunday at 1:05 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on the radio by NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and on the Internet at www.wosu.org.