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Yeah, over his last two starts he's pitched 17 2/3 innings, struck out 24 and walked 1.

Unfortunately, the Bucks lost the opener today 5-4. Currently up 7-4 after 5 in the second.
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Buckeyes win nightcap 9-5. Wrapup from the official site:


Garrard and Schneider Homer in 9-5 Ohio State Win at Purdue

Duo knocks in five of nine Buckeye runs as team moves to 5-2 in Big Ten


Brett Garrard hit his first home run of the season to score three runs in the 9-5 victory over Purdue.

April 10, 2004

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Shortstop Brett Garrard and designated hitter Adam Schneider each homered and combined for five RBI as the Buckeyes beat Purdue 9-5 in the second game of a doubleheader to earn a split with the Boilermakers.

Garrard, a senior from Brownsburg, Ind. (Brownsburg) went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Schneider, a freshman from Agoura Hills, Calif. (Agoura) went 2-for-4 to score two. Jedidiah Stephen (So., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. The Buckeyes scored in every inning except the sixth and out-hit the Boilermakers 12-7. Both teams had two errors.

Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on a two-out walk by Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) after a pair of strikeouts by Purdue starter Brian Karpel. Caravati moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a base hit through the left side by Stephen.

Just like in the first game of the doubleheader, the Boilermakers put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Mike Coles led off the inning with an infield single and then stole second before OSU starter Dan DeLucia (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) hit Andy Dahl. A double steal put both runners in scoring position but a throw from catcher Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) was wide of the base and sailed down the left-field line to score Coles an answer the Buckeye run, 1-1.

Catcher Ben Fritz singled through the left side to score Dahl and give the Boilermakers a 2-1 lead. After a fly out by designated hitter John Hunter, Simon Klink tripled to score Fritz to take a 3-1 lead.

Ohio State scored its lead off runner in the second inning to make it a one-run game. Garrard singled through the left side and then moved to third on a base hit to right-center field by Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland). Garrard scored when Howell was caught stealing 2-4.

A lead-off infield single by Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tied the game 3-3. Anderson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and then went to third on another infield single by Caravati. Anderson scored on a ground out by Stephen.

Purdue regained the lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Klink. Fritz, who reached with a one-out walk, was able to score from third after getting hit over on a single up the middle by Hunter. That made the score 4-3 until the Buckeyes scored the leadoff runner in the top of the fourth. Garrard led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a ground out by Paul Farinacci (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) and then scored on a single by Howell.

After keeping Purdue off the scoreboard in the fourth inning, the Buckeyes took a 7-4 lead in the top of the fifth on a three-run home run to left-center field by Garrard. His first home run of the season also scored Stephen and Schneider. Hope had been diminished after Caravati lined into a double play for the first two outs of the inning, but Stephen and Schneider each followed with singles.

The Boilermakers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning, turning a lead-off double by Hunter into a run on pinch hit sacrifice fly by Neal Gorka to make the score 7-5.

Ohio State did not score in the sixth inning and retired Purdue in order in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes added their final two runs on the second home run of the day by Schneider. Caravati reached second on a throwing error by Klink, the Purdue third baseman. He was the fourth lead-off runner the Buckeyes got on base and the third to score.

DeLucia picked up his first win as a Buckeye, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing all five runs on seven hits. He had one walk and two strikeouts. Trey Fausnaugh (Fr., Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) and Trent Luyster (Jr., Flushing, Ohio/Harrison Central) did not allow a hit in the final 3.0 innings. Luyster picked up his third save of the season. Middle reliever Jay Buente got the loss for Purdue (12-14 overall, 3-4 in the Big Ten) to fall to 0-1. The Buckeyes (13-12, 5-2) lead the series 2-1 and will try to win it Sunday with a single game at 2 p.m.
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