Big Ten Network Highlights: Doubleheader Recap
Ohio State split a doubleheader at Northwestern Saturday, following a 6-4 loss in game one (Box Score) with a 13-1 victory in game two (Box Score). The Buckeyes have a 2-1 lead in the series with the final game to be played Sunday at 2:05 p.m. They beat the Wildcats 11-2 in the series opener on Friday.
In the first game Saturday, the Buckeyes went up by three in the fourth before Northwestern tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Designated hitter Chris Macke drove in Michael Arp to put the good guys back in front in the sixth until the the Wildcats errupted for three runs and the win in the bottom of the inning.
OSU starter Dan DeLucia gave up a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth and then walked the next batter. That prompted Bob Todd to signal for Rory Meister out of the doghouse, err bullpen. Meister gave up singles to his first three batters as Northwestern moved ahead 5-4. The final run scored on a fielder's choice.
Tony Kennedy led off the top of the seventh with a single and moved to second on a ground out. Zach Hurley reached on a fielding error by Wildcat third baseman Chris Lashmet to bring the winning run to the plate with just one out, but reliever Matt Havey who came in after Kennedy's single, struck out his final to batters to pick up a save in Eric Jokisch's win. Kennedy had four of the Buckeyes' 10 hits.
Dan DeLucia took the loss for Ohio State after allowing five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings. He falls to 1-3 on the season.
In the nightcap, Ohio State sprinted to a 10-0 lead through three innings thanks to eight runs that crossed the plate in the second, all with two out. Ryan Dew hit a three-run homer and the Bucks promptly loaded the bases to see Brian DeLucia hit an inside-the-park grand slam to left-center field. Dan Burkhart capped the inning with a solo shot.
The Buckeyes added three more in the sixth. Ryan Meade drove in two with a double to right center. Northwestern finally got on the board with Jake Wilson's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the inning.
Ohio State pounded out 14 hits and was led by Brian DeLucia who was 3-for-5 and four RBI. Kennedy, Cory Kovanda and Meade each had two hits.
Dean Wolosiansky went the distance allowing the one run on nine hits. He had four strikeouts and walked one to improve to 6-2 on the year.
Ohio State improved to 22-17 overall and 10-8 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 15-19 and 9-10.