Sunday, March 1, 2009

Final: Long ball carrying Bucks past Huskies 21-14, Bucks hit 7 HR's.

With the Bucks trailing 4-2 headed into the bottom of the 3rd, Coach Todd must have passed around the Spinach as the Buckeyes have put on quite the power display erupted for 3 home runs in the inning to currently lead 7-4.

After Stephens fle wout to his centerfield counterpart, senior captain Justin Miller hit a solo shot to right-center. Gus already with a 2-RBI double today, appears to be shaking the rust off and getting out of his slow start.

It didn't take long for another ball to jump off a Buckeye bat and land over the fence. After catch Dan Burkhart received a base-on-balls, shortstop Cory Rupert bangs him in with a home to right field.

Dew followed that with a ground out to second.

Mike Arp singles to right field.

First baseman Matt Streng continues the onslaught with is first career homer driving in Arp with a shot to right field.

After Hurley singles Cory Kovanda gets in on the home run derby with 2-run home run of his own. Bucks 9-4.

Michael Stephens doesn't want to get left out of the fun. He follows Kovanda's home run with a solo home run. Bucks have now hit 5 home runs in the bottom of the 3rd, lead 10-4.

The Buckeyes sent 11 batters to the plate in the 3rd, scored 8 runs.

Soph. Theron Minium makes his first apperance on the mound for the Bucks this seasn. Minium is coming off of a red-shirt 2008 where he was out for the year with an injury. Minium allowed 2 runs, and struck out 2 in the top of the 4th.

With the Huskies creeping close with the score 10-6, the Bucks once again have answere and stretched their lead. With a Burkhart single to start the inning, back-to-back walks to Rupert and Dew loaded the bases. Arp struck out but Streng delivered with a 2-run single to right.

Then the Bucks continue their game of home run derby. With Dew and Streng still on the bases, Hurley brought them home with a three-run home to right. Kovanda singled to right but Stephens hit into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play. After 4, Bucks 15-6.

The Huskies mounted a bit of a comeback, scoring 3 runs each in the 5th and 6th innings to make it 15-12. OSU responded with 5 more runs in the bottom of the 6th, 2 runs scoring on passed balls, 2 more on a Burkhart double. 20-12 after 6. Connecticut put one more on the scoreboard in the top of the 7th, once again the Bucks respond, Matt Streng hits his 2nd HR of the game, the teams 7th to make the score 21-13.

Streng making the start at 1st, moving Miller to 3rd with DeLucia out indefinitely with a broken finger, is 4-for-5 on the day, with 2 HR's, a double, and 5 RBI.


BaseballBucks33 said...

Matt Streng just hit his 2nd HR of the game in the 7th. I think Matt has found himself a postion at 1b for the Buckeyes with DeLucia hurt. Great to see this young man hit so well today. 4-5, 2 HR,2b and 5 RBI.

That is 7 HR for the Buckeyes today!!

4 of the last 6 said...

I'd have no problem w/ Matt at 1b; but are the Bucks OK defensively w/ Gus at 3rd rather than Cory there (w/Engle at SS and Gus back at 1b)? Teams like Purdue, Penn State and Minn. love to play small ball. Gus would need lots of work on bunts, etc. if he's to play there regularly. What about Matt at SS (also would need lots of work before the 'regular' season), Cory at 3b and Gus back at 1b?