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Iowa defeats baseball Buckeyes again, 4-3

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Ohio State after building a 3-0 lead, gave up four unaswered runs in the fourth inning, losing 4-3 at Iowa on Saturday afternoon. Ohio State is 26-21 on the season, 9-11 in the Big Ten, while Iowa improves to 23-25, 10-10 in the Big Ten.

Zach Hurley went 2-for-4 for the Buckeyes and Dean Wolosiansky pitched very effectively in the loss, going 7.1 innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out six.

Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Ryan Dew lead off with a single to right and scored on a Matt Streng single to center.

Dean Wolosiansky (osu)

The Buckeyes extended the lead to 3-0 in the third inning. The Buckeyes’ Michael Stephens singled; Brad Hallberg singled with one out; Cory Rupert followed with a single that scored Stephens and Hallberg moved all the way to third. Streng brought in Hallberg to make it 3-0 on a RBI fielder’s choice.

Iowa closer Kevin Lee recorded a one, two, three ninth as Ohio State dropped its fourth consecutive Big Ten series.

The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes conclude the three-game series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Duane Banks Field.

Baseball Buckeyes make it two in a row, beating Ball State, 8-4

Info Courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Ohio State scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning and won its second consecutive game, 8-4, over Mid-American Conference leader Ball State Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.  Ohio State improves to 26-19 heading into its Big Ten series at Iowa, while Ball State falls to 24-24.

Zach Hurley Ohio State (osu)

Dan Burkhart led 12-hit Ohio State attack with three hits and an RBI. Cory Kovanda and Cory Rupert had two hits apiece with Kovanda’s two-run single in the eighth the big hit in that inning.


* Zach Hurley’s home run to lead off the third inning was his fifth leadoff home run in 2010.

* Dan Burkhart erased his 20th runner attempting to steal in 46 attempts for a caught-stealing percentage of 43 percent.

* Since returning in late April after missing more than a month with a knee issue, Jared Strayer has pitched 16.1 innings with a 1.68 earned run average.

* An applause goes out to the 611 came out to the game despite the threat of rain all day. The weather ended up fine!

Buckeyes Fall 6-3 to Illini


COLUMBUS, OHIO–Drew Rucinski got stronger as the game wore on, but walked in the go-ahead run in the 9th as the Fighting Illini of Illinois topped the baseball Buckeyes, 6-3.  He threw 123 pitches, following a 124 pitch outing six days ago in a win in Ann Arbor.  Two more Illini scored on a single by Mike Giller off reliever Eric Best.

OSU's Michael Stephens ( file)

The infield play of both teams was solid all night, typified by the last play of the game when Josh Parr’s throw from shortstop nipped Ryan Dew with two on.

The Buckeyes (24-18, 8-8 in the Big Ten) have lost nine of their last 12, and six of their last eight in the conference.

The Illini’s Thomas Shelton entered the game with two RBI’s in 32 at bats, and equaled that in his first two times up, with singles in the second and third.

Illini starting pitcher Lee Zerrusen averages over four walks per nine innings, and gave up four walks to the first eight OSU batters. He walked the first three Buckeyes in the second, earning an early exit.  The Buckeyes hit into a double play in both the first and second, but Zach Hurley came through after the second one, driving in Brian DeLucia with a looping two-out single.

Drew Ruzinski becoming a durable pitcher (osu)

The Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead in the third on another looping single–this time by Cory Rupert, plating Michael Stephens.

OSU’s Cory Kovanda had only one homer in his first 144 at bats this year, but got a drive up in the wind and over the fence in left-center in the 4th to tie it up at 3-3.

The Buckeyes kept Willie Argo (34 steals in 37 attempts) off the bases.  He needs only six more steals to tie the Illini single season record of 40.  Rupert robbed him of a hit with a long throw in the 6th, one of two spectacular plays by the senior third baseman.

#7 Louisville too much for Buckeyes to beat, 10-8

Info Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Phil Wunderlich Louisville (UL)

The Buckeyes lost their third consecutive game, 10-8 to the Cardinals’ but the team battled hard with their bats and their bullpen after falling  behind 7-1 early to make the game a game.

Dan Burkhart continued his hot hitting of late with a five-hit day, including his first home run of the season. Burkhart is hitting .636 in his current six-game hitting streak (14-22). Michael Stephens had two RBI’s and two hits. Zach Hurley had a big two-out RBI and Cory Rupert added a couple of hits and two RBI’s in support. The Buckeyes outhit the Cardinals, 14-11, but the team also had three errors that led to five unearned runs.

Louisville, led by Phil Wunderlich’s 18th home run of the season, improved to 38-7 with the win, the 14th win in its last 15 games. Ohio State falls to 24-17 heading into a key Big Ten series this weekend against Illinois.

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.

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