April 24, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wooster, the No. 1 team in Division III, scored twice in the top of the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie to knock off Ohio State 9-7 Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
After loading the bases to start the eighth inning with just one out, Chris Hanners (Fr., Groveport, Ohio/Desales), the Buckeyes’ fourth pitcher of the night, got second baseman Matt Miller to hit a ground ball to third. OSU third baseman Terry Pettorini (So., Wooster, Ohio/Wooster), son of Wooster head coach Tim Pettorini, fielded the ball and threw out Dave Wernecke at the plate. The bases remained loaded for rightfielder Bill Daugherty, who singled into left centerfield to score both Luke Ullman and Jared Treadway.
Ohio State had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a pair of solo home runs. Doug Deeds (So., Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) led off the inning with his team-leading eighth home run of the season, a no-doubter over the rightfield fence. Pettorini, who entered the game with without a hit in his last 22 at bats, snapped the streak with a base hit in his first plate appearance of the night and then crushed a home run to right to tie the game 7-7.
Wooster would have dominated the game if it were not for four Buckeye home runs.
Ohio State opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on a base hit to right-centerfield by Christian Snavely (So., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance). The base hit scored designated hitter Paul Farinacci (Fr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura), who reached on a fielding error by Ullman. Ohio State left the bases loaded after taking the 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, Wooster loaded the bases with just one out and then tied the game 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Miller. Farinacci gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead with his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to deep left-centerfield. Doug Larason (Alexandria, Ohio/Johnstown), who had singled to shallow centerfield with one out, also scored on the play.
The Fighting Scots took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Jake Frank homered to pull Wooster within one run, 3-2. Designated hitter Brian Stevens followed that with a walk and then OSU reliever Trent Luyster (Fr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central) got catcher George Radigan to ground into an apparent 6-4-3 double play. But the second base umpire ruled that Snavely, the second baseman had pulled his foot off the bag before he had possession of the ball and made the toss to first. So, the Buckeye defense retired Radigan at first, but Steven was safe at second.
The Buckeye misstep proved costly for the Buckeyes. Wernecke, the Wooster leftfielder then singled up the middle to tie the game by scoring Stevens from second. An errant throw by Luyster in a failed pickoff move allowed Wernecke to advance to third. He would score on a base hit by Ullman to give the Fighting Scots a 5-4 lead. They extended the lead by one run in the fifth on a solo blast over the rightfield fence by Daugherty.
The Fighting Scots scored another two runs on three hits in the sixth inning to extend its lead to four runs, 7-3, but the Buckeyes got them back in the bottom of the inning when Snavely launched his seventh home run of the season the went out just above the fence in centerfield to the right of the batter’s eye. The two-run blast pulled Ohio State within two runs, 7-5 before it would tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Matt Englander picked up the victory for the top-ranked Scots to improve to 7-1 on the year. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up the tying runs in the seventh before getting pulled in the eighth after Wooster had regained the lead. Hanners got the loss for Ohio State to fall to 1-2 on the season after pitching just one inning. Matt Davis (Fr., Mason, Ohio/William Mason) had started for the Buckeyes, who used five pitchers in the affair.
Snavely finished 3-for-5 from the plate, scoring once with three RBI and Pettorini finished 2-for-5 with the home run. Warnecke finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, scored three times with one RBI. Ohio State is now winless in its three Wednesday games.
Ohio State will play host to Purdue this weekend in Big Ten Conference play at Bill Davis Stadium. The two teams will play one game at 6:35 p.m. Friday night and then play a doubleheader Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m.