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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.

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.

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 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

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

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.

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