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MLS’ top defensive team shuts down Crew; LA wins 2-0

Info Courtesy of Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew generally can score on anybody but the LA Galaxy have the best defense in the MLS and the Crew and a season-high18,139 fans in attendance at Crew Stadium saw first hand how good LA is.

Rookie midfielder Michael Stephens scored his first career goal in the 10th minute to stake Los Angeles to an early lead and Donovan Ricketts made four saves for his ninth shutout as the Galaxy beat the Crew 2-0 in a battle of the top two teams in Major League Soccer.

Columbus Crew Logo (mls)

Tristan Bowen also had his first MLS goal as he added an insurance tally in the 87th minute on LA’s first shot in 67 minutes. The Crew outshot the Galaxy 21-3 and had all 15 corner kicks, but were denied by the Galaxy all night.

Los Angeles (9-0-2) has allowed just two goals all season and has not lost in 14 regular-season games (11-0-3) since losing to Columbus on September 26.

The Crew at (6-1-2) still leads the Eastern Conference.

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 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

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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 (megasportsnews.com 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.

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