Buckeyes Take Game One, 4-3
April 21, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State took a 2-0 lead in its four-game series against the Indiana baseball team with a 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon. Rory Meister picked up the win for the Buckeyes, while Matt Bashore was credited with the loss. Chris McCombs will go head-to-head with Josh Edgin in game two of Saturday's doubleheader.
The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second in game one on a pair of extra-base hits. Reid Briglia got things started with one out when he slammed a 1-2 offering to deep right center that glanced off the wall and found Briglia sliding into third with his second triple of the year. Two batters later, Chris Hervey followed with a double into the left-center gap to plate Briglia and give IU the lead.
Ohio State appeared poised to tie the game in the bottom of the third when its first two batters reached base. Jacob Howell got down a bunt, but Matt Bashore got off the mound quickly and retired the runner at third. Then Matt Angle slapped a hard grounder in the hole between second and first, but Evan Crawford made a full extension diving stop to retire Angle at first. Bashore then got Eric Fryer swinging to end the OSU threat and keep the score 1-0.
The Buckeyes grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fourth after the first four hitters reached in the inning. J.B. Shuck and Justin Miller started things with back-to-back singles and Bashore walked Michael Arp to load the bases with nobody out. Tony Kennedy then ripped a grounder down the left-field line to score a pair of runs to chase the starter from the game. Billy Kitchen came on in relief and retired the next three batters, but OSU got both runners to score, one on a wild pitch and one on a sacrifice fly, to make the tally 4-1.
Indiana rebounded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth off the duo of Rory Meister and Josh Edgin. Jon Fixler got his first hit of the series with a one-out single through the left side, and two batters later the Hoosiers began to rally. Tyler Cox dribbled a 3-2 pitch through the left side, and then Hervey got his second hit and RBI of the contest with a single past the second baseman to bring Fixler home. Josh Phegley singled home another run on a liner to right field, but Brian Lambert was caught looking on a 3-2 pitch with two runners on to end the threat with the score 4-3 in favor of the home squad.
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