IU Earns Day 2 Split at Ohio State

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana baseball team rallied back from an 8-0 deficit to take a three run lead, but Ohio State refused to fold and captured a 13-12 win in extra innings in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. But IU showed its toughness, pounding out 16 hits and capitalizing on five Buckeye errors to win game two, 13-2, and hand OSU its first home loss of the season.

    Indiana's record now stands at 24-11 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten games. Ohio State moved to 22-11 and 10-5.

    GAME ONE (OSU 13, IU 12 8 inn.)
    Ohio State gained a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first frame on rightfielder Christian Snavley's two-run home run to left. Mike Rabin, who had singled to the shortstop, scored ahead of Snavley.

    The Buckeyes hurt the Hoosiers with the long ball again in the second. Shortstop Brett Garrard hit a one-out solo shot to left. Garrard's home proved to be a spark, as Ohio State followed with five straight singles and added three more runs before IU recorded the second out. OSU extended its lead to 8-0 as Cody Caughenbaugh doubled to right, plating Snavley and Steve Caravati. Austin Rhoads replaced starter Adam Pegg after 1 2/3 innings and retired Terry Pettorini to end the inning. Pegg was responsible for eight earned runs after scattering 11 Buckeye hits.

    IU retaliated with a home run of its own in the top-half of the third. Rightfielder Kenny Marrs reached after Buckeye starting pitcher Josh Newman tagged him with a pitch. Shortstop Seth Bynum blasted his fourth homer over the fence in left-center, putting two runs on the scoreboard for the Hoosiers.

    The Cream and Crimson continued to battle back in the fourth. Designated hitter Ryan Parker led off with a single to centerfield. With one away, catcher Cody Wargo singled to and Parker went to second. Buckeye shortstop Brett Garrard was charged with a throwing error in attempt to get Wargo at first. The throw resulted in Parker advancing all the way home to score.

    Centerfielder Brad DeStefano kept it going for the Hoosiers with a base hit to right-center and Wargo moved to third. Marrs then clubbed his first career home run to left, slicing into the Buckeye lead, 8-6.

    Mahar began the fifth with an infield single, moved up to second on a wild pitch and to third on Parker's ground out to second. Leftfielder Ryan Donley laced a double down the leftfield line to plate Mahar and cut the Hoosiers' deficit to just one run at 8-7. Donley advanced to third on a passed ball and crossed home plate on Wargo's ground out to short. And just like that, Indiana had erased an eight-run Buckeye lead and tied the game at eight runs apiece.

    In the sixth, IU took the lead. Second baseman Corby Heckman and Spanos collected back-to-back singles and were sacrificed over by Mahar. Nick Evans entered to pinch hit for Parker and OSU began to intentionally walk him. Reliever Matt Davis threw a wild pitch and Heckman scored the go-ahead run from third, making it 9-8, Indiana.

    Ohio State evened it back up with the game's fifth home run, courtesy of Rabin. After Snavely reached base on balls, closer Ryan Smith went to the mound to replace Rhoads. Rhoads was impressive in 3 2/3 innings, giving up just one hit to a hot Buckeye offense. The redshirt freshman and West Chester, Ohio, native walked three and struck out three.

    Indiana reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh inning. DeStefano led off with a bunt single and Marrs got aboard after being hit by a pitch for the second time. Bynum was unsuccessful in laying down bunt, taking two strikes. The Louisville, Ky., native ripped a triple to right-center to clear the bases and give IU an 11-9 advantage. Heckman pounded a double to the wall in left and Bynum came home for the Hoosiers' 12th run.

    Ohio State rallied back in the bottom of the seventh. Smith hit Terry Pettorini, the leadoff hitter, with a pitch and then walked Garrard. Freshman hurler Chris Hynes was called out of the bullpen to take over for Smith. Catcher Derek Kinnear launched a game-tying home run to make in 12-12. After a single from Drew Anderson, Hynes struck out Rabin and Wargo completed the double play from behind the plate, picking Anderson off at first. The Buckeyes collected two more singles before Indiana was able to close the inning.

    Wargo walked to start the top of eight and was sacrificed to second by DeStefano. The Buckeyes were able to thwart the Hoosier attack and the score remained tied heading into the bottom of the frame.

    Ohio State got a leadoff single from Caughenbaugh and sacrificed Wes Schirtzinger, who was inserted to pinch run, to second. The Hoosiers intentionally walked Garrard and after he stole second base, issued another intentional walk to Kinnear. Anderson knocked a base-hit to left to score Schirtzinger and end the game and give Ohio State the 13-12 victory.

    The loss was Indiana's first in five extra-inning games this season and also the first of Hynes' Hoosier career. The rookie, who fell to 2-1, allowed six hits and two earned runs as he walked two and struck out one. Trent Luyster picked up the win for Ohio State in two innings pitched. He did not allow a hit and walked two while striking out one.

    Indiana's 17 hits in the loss marked a season-high. Bynum and Marrs collected four and three RBI, respectively.

    GAME TWO (IU 13, OSU 2)

    In game two, Indiana continued its offensive surge and capitalized on five Buckeye errors to take a 13-2 victory. Josh Lewis got the win on the mound in his second complete-game effort of the season.

    IU scored its first run in the top of the second, as Nick Evans reached on an error by the second baseman and moved to second. The senior from Findlay, Ohio, came home another OSU miscue as Wargo went to first.

    The Hoosiers added another run in the second as Ryan Donley scored Evans, who had singled to get on, with a double to center field.

    IU used a six-run fifth inning to take total control of the game. Brad DeStefano smacked a leadoff double to left. He then moved to third on Kenny Marr's bunt single. Seth Bynum collected his second hit of the game, a single to left, plating DeStefano. After a wild pitch that advanced both runners, Heckman walked to juice the bases and Vasili Spanos knocked in two runs to give the Hoosiers a 5-0 advantage. Then, Evans reached on an error for the second time before Donley followed with a hard hit single to left field. Donley moved all the way to third on an error by Buckeye leftfielder Cody Caughenbaugh and all three runners scored.

    The Hoosiers added four more runs in the top of sixth. With one out, Bynum knocked a base hit to left. Heckman ripped a double to left to put runners on second and third. Spanos knocked an two-RBI single up the middle to extend the Hoosiers' lead to 9-0.

    Spanos moved over to third on a wild pitch and Kevin Mahar's fly out to right. Ryan Parker notched a pinch-hit single to center to score Spanos. Parker went to second on Donley's third hit of the night and to third on Wargo's infield single. DeStefano was hit by a pitch and that walked in Parker for the, 12-0 Hoosier lead.

    Ohio State finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth as Christian Snavely blasted his second home run of the day and third of the series. Rabin, who reached on a fielder's choice score ahead of Snavely to make it, 12-2.

    IU tacked on a single run in the top of the seventh as Mahar's sac fly plated Bynum for the 13-2 final score.

    Lewis moved to 2-0 as he went the distance for Indiana. The freshman righthander scattered five Buckeye hits and walked three while striking out three. Greg Prenger started for Ohio State. He allowed nine Hoosier hits and eight runs, five of them earned, in 4.1 innings. Prenger, who was coming off perfect game last Wednesday against Oakland, slipped to 2-1 on the season.

    Bynum went 4-for-4 at the plate, scored three runs and drove in another. Spanos was impressive as well with two hits, two runs scored and four RBI in the nightcap.

    The Hoosiers and the Buckeyes will close out their four-game series with a 1:05 p.m. game on Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.




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