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Illinois scores four in last-at bat to drop baseball Buckeyes


Davis Hendrickson provides game-winning hit for Illini (courtesy of Illinois athletics)

The Ohio State baseball team was leading 4-1 on Thursday against Illinois and all they needed was three outs and the game was theirs in the Big Ten Tournament.

But Illinois, the Big Ten co-champion of the regular season, had other ideas as they came up with a last at bat comeback win. The Illini scored four runs in the ninth inning for its 19th comeback win of the season and stunned the Buckeyes, 5-4 at Huntington Park.

The loss puts the Buckeyes into the elimination game against Minnesota.

The Buckeyes, who dropped to 26-26, had ridden the home run power of Brian DeLucia and Greg Solomon and another solid start from Brett McKinney to build a 4-1 lead going into the ninth inning.

But the Illini, facing OSU’s closer Josh Dezse for a second inning, started to time his pitches and bunched five hits and a walk to pull off its fifth consecutive last-at bat win. Davis Hendrickson hit the first pitch he saw from Andrew Armstrong into left field to score the winning run.


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Ohio State splits doubleheader at Penn State


Drew Rucinski (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

The Ohio State baseball Buckeyes split a doubleheader with Penn State, winning game one 5-1 and losing the second game 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. By splitting, OSU has a record of 16-17 while the Nittany Lions move to 23-13. Both teams are 6-5 and in a second-place tie in the Big 10 Conference.

Drew Rucinski, who is starting to become the ace of the staff, threw seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out four to improve his season record to 4-1.


Heath Johnson (courtesy of Penn State athletics)

In the nightcap, the Buckeyes jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the first off Penn State starter John Walter.

But the Nittany Lions came back with three runs on five singles against Buckeyes’ starter Brett McKinney in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Penn State added two more in the second, on a pair of walks, two stolen bases and an RBI single by Jordan Steranka to up the lead to 5-1 after two innings.

Heath Johnson came on in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Nittany Lions, earning his first save of the season.


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Ohio State wins home opener against Xavier, 4-1


Brett McKinney (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State scored three runs in the third inning as it beat Ohio rival, Xavier in the 2011 home opener at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes, now 8-10 on the season, where led at the plate by Josh Dezse with two RBI’s and Tim Wetzel with two base hits.

On the mound, winning pitcher Brett McKinney allowed one run on two hits over five innings, striking out five. The entire OSU pitching staff which included four relievers, limited Xavier to three hits the last four innings.

Xavier drops to 16-10 on the season.


compiled from Ohio State athletics news

Buckeye Pitchers Bounce Back, Top Marshall 7-4


Columbus, Ohio – You needed a program to keep track of the number of funks that the baseball Buckeyes snapped out of Wednesday night, as they topped Marshall 7-4.  OSU had lost four of their last five, and been thrashed 14-3 last year and 17-1 earlier this year by the Thundering Herd.  The Buckeyes, who had given up 32 runs in their last two games against Penn State, are now  23-13.  Marshall is 20-22, losing their second game in as many days, after winning seven straight.

Zach Hurley (osu)

Freshman Brett McKinney bounced back from a four-run/three walk/no-outs-recorded relief appearance Sunday against Penn State, allowing no hits and two walks in a five-inning start.  Theron Minium and Jared Strayer followed McKinney and gave up two hits each, and were helped by double plays in the 6th and 7th.

The Buckeyes roughed up Ben Frith for five runs in the first.  Michael Stephens’ groundout scored Zach Hurley, who led off the game with his team-leading 17th double.  Ryan Dew singled in Cory Kovanda, and two batters later, Brian DeLucia crushed a three-run homer to left center.  DeLucia’s 38 RBI’s lead the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes loaded the bases on three singles in the 7th, and scored twice on Mike Cavilli wild pitches.  Marshall scored their first run on a Strayer wild pitch in the 8th.  The Herd’s Rhett Stafford singled in two runs in the 9th, and Eric Semeniuk another off Eric Best, but Best struck out Kris Hecktor with two on to end the game.


* The Buckeyes have now won five of six games when Brian DeLucia has hit a home run. The only game Ohio State did not win was the middle game against Indiana when the junior hit a grand slam.

* Ohio State moved to 10-2 on the season when leading after the first inning.

* DeLucia leads the Buckeyes with nine multiple RBI games this season and six in his last nine games.

* The Buckeyes moved to 16-2 against Marshall all-time after dropping the last two against the Thundering Herd.

* Hurley extended his team-leading hitting streak to 13 games.

*Cory Rupert has now reached base safely in all 26 starts this season.

Baseball Buckeyes outslug Xavier Musketeers

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Brett McKinney (osu)

The Ohio State Buckeyes behind a 17-hit attack and solid relief pitching, defeated Xavier, 12-7 on Wednesday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.

Freshman right-hander Brett McKinney picked up the win, tossing four scoreless innings in relief, giving up four hits and striking out one.

Brian DeLucia led the Ohio State offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Zach Hurley went 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored while Ryan Dew drove in four, tying his career high.

Ohio State is now 17-8 and will be hosting Indiana this weekend for a three game series beginning Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.


* Ohio State scored in each of the first six innings for the second time this season. The first time was game one of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Billikens March 16 that the Buckeyes won 15-9.

* Wednesday marked the eighth time in 2010 that the Buckeyes tallied at least 17 hits.