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Baseball Buckeyes finally win; beat Illinois in series finale, 8-4

Info Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Eric Best (osu)

Theron Minium (osu)

Ohio State bounced back from a four-run deficit to gain a badly-needed, 8-4 win over the pesky Illinois Fighting Illini in the third game of the series at Bill Davis Stadium. With the Sunday win, the Buckeyes move to .500 in the Big Ten Conference with a 9-9 record.  Overall, the Buckeyes move to 25-19 while putting to rest a season-long five-game losing streak.

Illinois wins the three-game series, 2 games to 1, but drops to 8-10 with the loss and to 23-22 overall.

Senior Ryan Dew led a 15-hit attack for the Buckeyes with a home run, double and two singles plus he had a career-high five RBI’s. Dew’s Worthington Kilbourne High School teammate, senior Cory Kovanda, had four hits and two runs scored while Zach Hurley and Michael Stephens had two hits apiece. Hurley also scored two runs.

Illinois, as it had done all series, scored first and went up early in the game 4-0.

While the Buckeyes were mounting their comeback, Theron Minium was shutting down the Illini bats from scoring in 3 innings of two-hit, relief work. He picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Senior Eric Best pitched the final three innings to pick up his third save of the year. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four.

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.

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.

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.