Wimmers Pitches OSU Past Indiana, 7-1
April 9, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Reigning Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year Alex Wimmers tossed a complete-game six-hitter to lead Ohio State (18-8, 3-1 Big Ten) to a 7-1 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Friday night. Micah Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 14 games for the Hoosiers (14-14, 1-3).
Wimmers struck out 14 Hoosiers in the game and did not surrender a walk to improve to 7-0 on the season. Matt Igel collected the loss for the Indiana, allowing eight hits in six innings while punching out four. Casey Smith tossed a pair of innings, surrendering two hits and one run for Indiana.
Tyler Rogers had a strong day at the plate for IU, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Zach Hurley went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Buckeyes, while Cory Kovanda reached base five times and Michael Stephens hit his seventh home run of the season.
Johnson hit a leadoff double in the top of the first, but Wimmers bounced back to strike out the side and leave him stranded at second. In the bottom of the inning, Hurley got a leadoff infield single and Kovanda went the other way with a double in the gap to score him and give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Igel, though, got the next three hitters in succession to keep it a 1-0 game after one.
It stayed that way until the fourth, when the Buckeyes were able to put their only crooked number on the board with a trio of runs. Stephens started off the inning with a home run, and then after a groundout, Cory Rupert walked. Brian DeLucia hit a slow grounder to second with the runner going, but as Rogers tried to get the man at second, his high throw ricocheted off Ethan Wilson's glove to put runners at the corners and one down. Igel hit the next batter and allowed a walk and a sacrifice fly to score two more runs for OSU, putting the home squad up 4-0.
Ohio State plated solo runs in each of the next three innings to push the score to 7-0 heading to the eighth. Rogers got IU going in the top of the inning by lacing a triple down the right-field line with one out. Johnson followed with a grounder to second that was mishandled by Kovanda, and Johnson found himself safe at first with the score 7-1. Brian Lambert followed by working the count to 3-2, but with Johnson in motion he was called out on a borderline pitch up and away, and the Buckeyes threw down to second base for the double play.
Jerrud Sabourin got his 60th hit of the season in the ninth, but Alex Dickerson was retired on a deep flyball to right center, snapping his season-long hitting streak at 21 games. It also marked the first time this season that Dickerson did not reach base. Michael Earley had a hit and his team-leading seventh stolen base in the loss as well.
Indiana will now take on Ohio State on Saturday and Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium for a 1:05 first pitch both days. Both games will feature a live webcast on BigTenNetwork.com. Live audio and statistics are also available at IUHoosiers.com.
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