Friday, April 25, 2008

Bucks Claim Game One Against 'Cats

The Buckeyes desparately needed a win and they got it Friday at Northwestern in the first of four Big Ten games between the teams this weekend at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston.

Northwestern scored two runs in the first, but then it was all Ohio State, which cruised to an 11-2 victory (Box Score). The offense exploded for 19 hits, including doubles by Dan Burkhart, Justin Miller and Tony Kennedy. Miller was 3-for-6 with two RBI, while Michael Arp was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Kennedy and Ryan Meade each added two hits.

OSU starter Jake Hale last 8.0 innings and was able to settle down after giving up the two early runs. He scattered eight hits in improving to 5-1 this season. He did give up a pair of doubles and a home run while walking three and fanning three. Rory Meister pitched a scoreless ninth though gave up one hit. The Wildcats finished with nine hits and two errors. The Buckeyes did not have an error.

Ohio State improved to 21-16 overall and 9-7 in Big Ten action. Northwestern is 14-18 and 8-9. Northwestern recap.

The teams contine action Saturday with a doubleheader that will be televised by the Big Ten Network begining at 1:05 p.m., ET. The first pitch was moved up an hour to accommodate the telecast. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 2:05 p.m.

In case you missed it on, they posted video interviews with J.B. Shuck and Cory Kovanda heading into the series this weekend at Northwestern.


BaseballBucks33 said...

Another bad start by OSU!
Jake Hale has given up 3 straight hits and a HR by 2B Jake Owens to lead off the game.
SF fly by Mike Kalina. NW 2-0.Top of 2nd.

I wonder if the Big Ten would let us start every game in the 2nd inning. These 1st innings have been bad all year. Lol

Chuck said...

Guess those Nike bats are working better this week....

4 of the last 6 said...

Chuck .... very good comment!!! Also it seems that Michigan has figured out a way to make them work

BaseballBucks33 said...

Nice win today. Nice to see Miller and Arp staying hot at the plate. Burkhart went 3-4, 3 RBI, 2B that is nice to see.

Maybe Engle needs a day off,he is struggling a little. Rupert needs to get going,Brian Deluica is right their behind him.Matt Streng with some Big Ten action today also.Cool to see him on the field.

Rory pitched the 9th,maybe he is on his way to help the team from the pen.Good to see.

DH sweep would be nice.

Guillermo said...

Not a pretty start to the game but it looks like Jake settled in and cruised after the first inning. Let's hope our boys keep it going again today and take two more!

rockybuckeye said...

Michael Arp My favorite 2008 Buckeye.