IU Falls in Series Opener at Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana baseball team was stifled by Ohio State pitcher Scott Lewis and dropped the series opener to the Buckeyes, 9-3, Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Hoosiers fell to 23-10 on the season and 7-6 in Big Ten play while Ohio State improved to 21-10 and 9-4 in conference action.
The current National Player of the Week, Lewis followed a 20-strikeout effort last Friday against Iowa by fanning 16 Hoosier batters tonight.
Ohio State took a three-run lead in the bottom of the first. With the leadoff batter retired, the Buckeyes got back-to-back doubles from Mike Rabin and Christian Snavely for the game's opening run. Indiana recorded out No. 2 and Paul Farinacci stepped to the plate and belted a homer out of the park in left for a 3-0 OSU lead.
The Buckeyes added two more runs in the third. Snavely posted his second hit of the evening, a single to right, to lead things off. Steve Carravati ripped a triple to right, scoring Snavley. Carravati was able to come all the way around as the throw from right was mishandled at third and sailed into the Ohio State dugout.
Snavely led off the fifth with a home run off the scoreboard in right-center, extending the Buckeyes' lead to 6-0.
Terry Pettorini got in on the long ball action for OSU in the sixth, with a lead off shot to right field to make it, 7-0.
With one out in the sixth, senior Kevin O'Brien replaced Hoosier starter Jacob Cary, ending Cary's streak of five consecutive complete games. The senior righthander surrendered 11 hits and was responsible for all nine runs, walked three and struck out two.
O'Brien got off to a rough start as a wild pitch allowed runners on first and second to advance. He was then called for a balk and Brett Garrard scored while Drew Anderson moved to third. Drew reached base on balls and then Anderson scored on another IU wild pitch, the Buckeyes claiming a 9-0 lead.
The Hoosiers were able to put three runs on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth. Senior third baseman Vasili Spanos punched a single to left field. First baseman Kevin Mahar was hit by a pitch and then designated hitter Ryan Parker reached on an error by the Buckeye centerfielder. With the bases loaded, rightfielder Ryan Donley scored Spanos from third with a sacrifice fly to right. Senior Nick Evans was inserted to pinch hit and laced a single to right-center field to plate Mahar for run No. 2. Paker came home on a third strike, wild pitch to Chad Coder to make it 9-3, OSU.
Cary lost for the first time this season, falling to 7-1. Lewis improved to 6-0. He gave up three hits and three runs, none of them earned, while walking give in 7.1 innings of work. Kyle Brown finished the game for the Buckeyes. He allowed just one hit and struck out four.
Spanos (1-for-3, 2 BBs) ran his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games.
In three of the first four innings, the Hoosiers left two runners on base, but were unable to break through. A total of 10 runners were left stranded on base during the game for IU.
The Hoosiers and the Buckeyes will play games two and three of the series on Saturday. The doubleheader is scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. start at Bill Davis Stadium.
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