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Baseball Buckeyes lose game and series to Penn State

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE (This is the 500th Article Post for the website)

Mario Eramo Nittany Lions (psu)

Penn State’s catcher Ben Heath is on the Johnny Bench Award list. Perhaps Johnny Bench should be watching Heath. His long homer-his 15th of the year-off Dean Wolosiansky’s first pitch of the 8th triggered a 7 run inning to break open a 4-3 game, and power the Lions to a 14-6 win over the baseball Buckeyes (22-13, 7-5 in the Big Ten). The Lions are now 17-22 and 4-8, and won the three game series 2-1, following an 18-10 win on Saturday.

After a plunked batter, Mario Eramo went deep to right for a 2-run shot. Before the two homers, all eight Lion hits were singles. Heath added a sacrifice fly in his second at-bat of the  8th, for his third RBI of the game. He entered the game with a .757 slugging average, and now  has 47 RBI’s in 38 games. In two of his other plate appearances, he put the ball in play and produced three unearned runs.

Wolosiansky deserved a better fate before the 8th. He cruised through the first three innings, facing only 10 batters, but saw three unearned runs score in the fourth. Jordan Steranka hit a  double-play ball that shortstop Tyler Engle bobbled, then Heath hit a double-play ball that third baseman Cory Rupert mishandled, scoring Steve Snyder with the Lion’s first run. Joey DeBernadis singled in Steranka, and with two outs, Sean Deegan singled in Heath with the inning’s third run.

Ben Heath Nittany Lions (psu)

The Lions added another two-out run in the fifth when Heath singled in Steranka.

The Buckeyes came back with a two-out run in the fifth as Michael Stephens singled in Zach Hurley for his team-leading 32nd RBI.

Rupert struck lightning on starter Ryan Ignas’ first pitch of the 6th, smacking a home run over the left field fence, then lightning in the skies sent the teams to their dugouts for the required safety delay. When play resumed, after a strikeout and a walk, Ignas gave way to David Lutz, who got Engle to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

The Buckeyes added another run in the 7th when Dan Burkhart’s sacrifice fly plated Hurley, who had led off with a double and moved to third on Cory Kovanda’s single.

ignas was helped by double plays in the 5th, 6th and 7th and raised his record to 3-3, while Wolosiansky fell to 3-5.

*The game was delayed 37 minutes as storms swept through the Columbus area.

* Buckeyes catcher Dan Burkhart has thrown out 13 of 29 (45 percent) potential base stealers this season.

* Zach Hurley extended his team-leading hitting streak to 12 games.

* Cory Rupert has now reached base safely in all 25 starts this season.

Hoosiers Top Buckeyes 6-4 in 10 innings (Saturday)

Columbus, Ohio–Michael Earley hit Eric Best’s first pitch in the 10th inning for a home run over the left field fence, and the Indiana Hoosiers added another run to top the baseball Buckeyes 6-4 in the second of three games in the weekend series.

Michael Earley (IU)

The teams combined for seven errors, four by Indiana.

Indiana’s sophomore ace Drew Leininger pitched nine innings to raise his record to 5-1, and could have easily had a shutout, with a little help from his friends. He made only one mistake, and Brian DeLucia crushed it for a grand slam to dead center field in the 4th inning, giving the Buckeyes a 4-3 lead that lasted until the 8th inning. All four runs were unearned, following errors by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and second baseman Tyler Rogers, and a single by Cory Rupert that popped out of Earley’s glove in right field. Chris Squires survived the Hoosiers’ fourth error in the bottom of the 10th, and set an IU record with his 16th career save.

The sophomore left-hander Leininger leads the Hoosiers in wins, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and opponent’s batting average, and earlier this year had a Hoosier record of 28 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

The Hoosiers scored a small-ball run in the first on a Micah Johnson leadoff walk, a Brian Lambert sacrifice bunt, a Sabourin groundout, and an RBI single by Preseason Third Team All-American Alex Dickerson; and again in the third in similar fashion-a leadoff double by Johnson, another Lambert sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by Sabourin. They added another run in the third on an RBI single by Earley.

Drew Leininger (IU)

OSU’s Drew Rucinski gave up  three runs, but settled down after that and retired eight of  the nine. He worked out of a two-on jam in the 6th by striking out Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Michael Basil, and again in the 7th on a long foul fly snagged by left fielder Zach Hurley.

The Hoosiers tied it in the 8th without a hit and with the help of two Buckeye errors. The inning appeared to be over when Dylan Swift tapped back to Rucinski, but his throwing error let Tyler Rogers score from second.

Ohio State fell to 18-9 and 3-2 in the Big Ten, losing for the first time at home in their fourth game this year at Bill Davis Stadium. Indiana entered the game having scored  double digit runs in seven of their last 12 games, but having won only one of eight games on an opponent’s field. With the win, they raised their record to 14-15 and 2-3 in the Big Ten.


* Cory Kovanda extended his hitting streak to 11 with a single in the first inning.

* The grand slam by Brian DeLucia was his fourth home run of the season. It was the first grand slam by a Buckeye since Justin Miller hit one April 25, 2009 in an 11-7 win over Northwestern.

* Saturday marked the longest outing of Drew Rucinski’s career. His previous long outing was 6.0 innings against Dartmouth earlier this season.

Baseball Buckeyes win 2010 home opener over Toledo, 4-3

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Ohio State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pick up a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Toledo in the home opener Wednesday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. It was a perfect day for baseball in Columbus, Ohio with temperatures in the mid-60′s.

RHP Drew Rucinski Ohio State (osu)

Eric Best tossed two perfect innings in relief to improve his record to 2-1 on the season while Drew Rucinski pitched a flawless ninth for his fourth save.  Dan Burkhart, Cory Kovanda and Ryan Dew each collected two hits for the Buckeyes.

The 14-7 Buckeyes will be traveling to Evanston, Illinois to take on the Northwestern Wildcats in the first Big Ten series of the season, Friday through Sunday.


* The Buckeyes have now won the last 17 matchups against the Rockets.

* Prior to Wednesday’s game, OSU has averaged 15.5 runs per game in the last 10 matchups against Toledo.

* Eight Buckeyes were hitting over .320 heading into Wednesday’s game.

Baseball Buckeyes Come From Behind to beat South Florida, 4-2

Alex Wimmers (OSU)

compiled from reports from Ohio State

The Ohio State baseball Buckeyes in St. Petersburg, Fla., with Palm trees everywhere and playing at Al Lang Field at Progress Energy Park, had to staged a comeback to push their record to 4-0 in the young season. The game was delayed 50 minutes after the previous game between Penn State and Cincinnati went into extra innings.

Number 13 Ohio State picked up a 4-2 victory over South Florida behind a strong performance by ace Alex Wimmers went eight innings, giving up five hits, one earned run and punching out six. Ryan Dew led the offensive attack, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored, one being the go-ahead run.

A number of fine defensive plays by the Buckeyes in the game saved the day. Two highlights were a diving snag of  a sinking liner in the second inning by Brian DeLucia. Cory Kovanda might have topped that in the fourth inning when he ranged far to his left in shallow right field, made the diving stop and threw to first to get the runner.

The game was the fastest of the first four games, lasting  just two hours and nine minutes.

The Buckeyes will get back to action on Saturday when they play Notre Dame at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. will webcast the game at

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