IU Earns Day 2 Split at Ohio State
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)
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