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OSU comes back to beat Northwestern, 7-2

Greg Beals OSU baseball coach (file photo)

Game story from Christopher Henderson


The Ohio State Buckeyes baseball team has a different makeup this year and its just not in the coaching staff.

On the field, the Buckeyes will have to play almost a perfect game. They will not be able to blow teams off the field because they lost six star players from Bob Todd’s final team. They lost several key players to the Major League Baseball draft, ace pitcher Alex Wimmers in the first round to the Minnesota Twins, catcher Dan Burkhart, left fielder Zach Hurley and second baseman Cory Kovanda.

Case-in-point was new head coach Greg Beals’ first Big Ten win over Northwestern. Ohio State scored four runs in the seventh inning without getting the ball out of the infield in the comeback win of 7-2 in Bill Davis Stadium.

OSU starter Drew Rucinski allowed five hits and struck out five in taking a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning. However, the Wildcats started to zero in on Rucinski’s pitches. Northwestern designated hitter Jack Livingston had a lead-off triple off the centerfield wall. Geoff Rowan followed with a run-scoring single to left. Later in the inning, Rowan scored on an infield single by Patrick Miller and the Bucks were trailing 2-1.

Wildcats starting pitcher Luke Farrell was just as stingy on the Buckeyes. But they got to him and scored four runs on two hits in the bottom of the seventh to take back the lead for good at 5-2.

The interesting inning stacked up this way. The first run scored when David Corna was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, the second came across on a wild pitch, the third on an infield single by Brian DeLucia and the fourth on a passed ball.

The win upped OSU to 9-10 on the season.

Ohio State Baseball: Burkhart and Wimmers up for awards

Info Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Ohio State catcher Dan Burkhart was named one of sixteen semifinalists for the 2010 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award, which is governed by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Dan Burkhart (osu)

The winner of the award, which goes to the best collegiate catcher in the country, will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010.

Burkhart, a junior from Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School, started every game for the Buckeyes in 2010.

Ohio State junior right-hander Alex Wimmers was named one of 25 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is governed by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation.

Three finalists for the award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference schduled for Saturday June 10 at 11 a.m.

Alex Wimmers (osu)

The Cincinnati, Ohio native had a fine season for the Buckeyes as the ace of the staff. He did miss several games after suffering a hamstring injury on April 30, but did pitch against Minnesota on May 21.

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.

GAME NOTES

* 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!

Baseball Buckeyes fall again; 5-2 to Illinois

Info Courtesy of Ohio State

Willie Argo Illinois (UI)

Ohio State dropped a 5-2 decision to the Illinois Fighting Illini, in the middle game of a three-game set on Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.

Three Illinois pitchers, led by freshman starter, Kenny Johnson, held the Buckeyes to a season-low three hits on the day.

It didn’t take the Illini long to get on the scoreboard, taking advantage of an ordinary fly ball turned wind aided triple  off the top of the right field wall by leadoff hitter Willie Argo. The sohomore center fielder was promptly driven in two pitches later on a sharp to left field by Craig Lutes as Illinois took a 1-0 lead and were never really threatened the rest of the game.

Jared Strayer Ohio State (osu)

Jared Strayer did a solid job in relief  for the Buckeyes, throwing 5 scoreless innings in the longest outing of his career.

Dan Burkhart extended his team-leading hitting streak to eight games, going 1-3 on the day.

The Buckeyes and Illini will wrap up the three-game set on Sunday at 1:05 p.m at Bill Davis Stadium.

#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.

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