April 22, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A combination of timely hitting and solid pitching helped lead the Ohio State baseball team (25-16 overall, 7-8 in the Big Ten) over the Indiana Hoosiers (24-20 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten), 4-3, in game two of a doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, OSU takes a 2-1 edge in the four game series. Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) drove in three of OSU’s runs and starting pitcher Greg Prenger (Fr., Harpster, Ohio) earned the win in his first career Big Ten start.
“This team did well bouncing back form the game one loss,” head coach Bob Todd said. “Greg (Prenger) was exceptional tonight. He kept us in the ballgame and made some quality pitches when he had to.”
The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Vasilli Spanos drove in Benji Clause on a groundout. In the bottom half of the inning, OSU responded quickly to take the lead. Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by IU third baseman Spanos. Mike Check (Jr., Bay Village, Ohio) followed with a walk and the duo were driven in on a double by Turner off the rightfield wall to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the third inning, Indiana tied the game when Clause scored on a groundout by Tim McNab. In the bottom half of the inning, OSU retook the lead. With two outs, Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio) reached base on a walk and later scored on a single to rightfield by Turner to give OSU a 3-2 edge.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, OSU increased its lead to 4-2. Nick Swisher (Fr. Parkersburg, W.Va.) led off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio).
In the top of the seventh inning, IU added its final run of the ballgame on a sacrifice fly by McNab that scored Eric Farley.
With the win, Prenger improved to 3-1 on the season. He went six innings, threw 90 pitches, gave up seven hits, three runs and recorded two strikeouts. Cory Cox (Jr., Chillicothe, Ohio) pitched the last inning to earn his sixth save of the season. Indiana starting pitcher David Ferris (6-2) took the loss.
Tomorrow, the two teams will play the series finale at 1:05 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium.