Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ohio State Wins Home Opener, 9-1, vs. Pitt

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The Buckeyes claimed a 9-1 victory vs. Pittsburgh Wednesday (box score) afternoon in the team's home opener. The win, which ushered in the 12th season at Bill Davis Stadium, was the team's 10th "W" of the year in 16 tries.

Ohio State out hit the Panthers 11-5 and got three RBI from Ryan Meade in a 2-for-5 afternoon. Cory Kovanda and Cory Rupert also had two hits. Tony Kennedy doubled in his only official at bat. He also walked three times. The Buckeyes drew six walks in the game and struck out only five times.

Starting pitcher Andrew Armstrong allowed one unearned, first-inning run on two hits in his 5.0-inning outing. Drew Rucinski, Eric Best and Alex Wimmers allowed three hits but kept Pitt off the scoreboard in their four combined innings.

After Pitt scored in the first, the Buckeyes took the lead in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs, added two more in the second, another in the fifth and then exploded for four more in the sixth. Click here to read the Pitt recap.

Each team committed an error. Just 636 fans watched the Wednesday matinee. I'm sure the crowds will be much better this weekend in the four games against Penn State.


rockybuckeye said...

Just got in.

Wow, couldn't have asked for a better start to the home season. Sunny skies and 60 degree weather. Good pitching effort, a lot of Bucks got to play and bat. Dew grabbed a hit to hopefully get him out of his funk.

Was nice to see Arp and Macke both in the line-up. Rupert grabbed another RBI.

Overally felt great to be back at it.

BaseballBucks33 said...

Great to be at the ballpark again. The weather was just perfect.

Great start by Armstrong today. After he settled down he was good.Nice to see the bullpen pitch well.

I really like the way this lineup is playing out.Kennedy is playing well,Kovanda,Shuck,Meade,Gus. I really like it so far.

Friday should be fun with Jake on the mound vs.PSU I really think 3/4 is a great goal to have at home.

Go Bucks!