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Buckeyes in Boca Raton next weekend


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  • After going 2-1 over the weekend in Coca-Cola classic in Mobile, Alabama, the Buckeyes head to Boca Raton, Florida to take part in a tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic University.

    Game Date Opp Time
    Fri 03/19/2004 Rider 2:00 PM
    03/20/2004 Rutgers 1:00 PM
    03/23/2004 Florida Atlantic 7:00 PM
    Wed 03/24/2004 Florida Atlantic 7:00 PM

    Rider (NJ) is currently 1-7 after an 8-3 loss to Pitt on Sunday.

    Rutgers lost their last game to #3 ranked Miami 6-5 in 10 on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights (nice choice of red, lol) dropped to 4-8

    Florida Atlantic appears to be the toughest team we will face this weekend. The Owls are ranked #10 in the country. They currently stand at 18-2 after going 2-1 this weekend vs Campbell U. They will be playing at home.

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    Ohio State Hands Rider 8-3 Loss to Open Spring Trip
    Stephen and Kinnear deliver two hits each in Buckeyes second straight win
    March 19, 2004

    Box Score

    BOCA RATON, Fla. - Ohio State scored four runs in the fourth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit and hand Rider an 8-3 victory Friday at Florida Atlantic University Field. The Buckeyes improved to 6-7 on the season with its second straight victory.

    Jedidiah Stephen (So., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) and Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) provided two hits apiece as the Scarlet and Gray out-hit the Broncs 11-4. Those four hits came off Josh Newman (Sr., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg), who improved to 3-2 this season and won the 27th victory of his career.

    Two of Rider's hits came in the first inning as it scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Bryan Wagner led off the inning with a single to shallow right-center field and moved to third on a double by Jonathan Rich. Wagner scored on a fielding error by second baseman Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and then Rich scored on a fielder's choice by Gene Crimoli to give the Broncs a 2-0 lead.


    Jacob Howell (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) led off with a single under the glove of Crimoli, the Bronc second baseman, who threw the ball back toward the vacant pitcher's mound and into the Ohio State dugout. Howell reached third and scored on a ground out by Mike Rabin (Jr. West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) to pull within a 2-1 score.

    Rider extended its lead to 3-1 in the top of the third inning on the second Ohio State error of the game. Rich singled to left-center field with two outs and then scored from first on a throwing error by Buckeye starter Newman, who threw wide of first baseman Jeffrey Carroll (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) in a failed pick off attempt.

    Ohio State came up big in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs on five hits and two Rider errors to take a 5-3 lead. Adam Schneider (Fr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) led off the inning with a single over the third baseman's head and then went to third on a double down the left-field line by Stephen. Garrard sent a shot through the left side to tie the game 3-3 and then stole second. He could not advance on a base hit by Carroll.

    Kinnear loaded the bases with his second hit of the game before getting caught at second on a fielder's choice by Howell that scored Garrard. After getting Kinnear at second, Wagner, the Rider shortstop, threw to first to try to turn the double play but threw past the first baseman failing to get Howell. The error enabled Carroll to score from second to give the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead.

    The Buckeyes took a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single by Stephen that scored Anderson, who reached on a one-out error. His grounder to third base was muffed by third baseman Steve Sciaraffo. Caravati singled through the left side to move Anderson to third before he gave the Buckeyes a 6-3 lead, scoring on Stephen's single through the left side.

    Two more Buckeyes crossed the plate in the eighth inning for the final 8-3 margin of victory.

    Newman improved to 3-2 with the victory. He pitched six innings, allowing all three runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out seven for the second straight game and did not give up a walk. Trey Fausnaugh (Fr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) came on to start the seventh inning and picked up his third save of the season. He retired nine of 10 batters, walking only Wagner in the eighth inning. Joe Moronese got the loss for Rider to fall to 0-2. Ohio State will play Rutgers at 1 p.m. Saturday at FAU Field and then have two days off before playing two games against No. 14 Florida Atlantic Tuesday and Wednesday. Both of those games will be played at 7 p.m.


    Derek Kinnear had two hits to help guide the Buckeyes to a victory to open their spring trip.
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    Florida Atlantic Preview

    The Buckeyes will play nationally ranked Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday and Wednesday in Boca Raton, FL. Here is what the Owls did over the weekend:

    No. 14 Florida Atlantic University's baseball team, ranked no. 14 nationally, split a doubleheader with Gardner-Webb University on Saturday, falling in the first game 4-1 and returning to the field for a 12-6 victory in the second game of the day. The victory improves FAU's record to 21-4 while Gardner-Webb falls to 10-13.

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    Comeback Bid Falls Short as Ohio State Losses to Florida Atlantic 6-4


    Drew Anderson hit his 10th career triple against FAU to pull within two of the school record.

    March 23, 2004

    BOCA RATON, Fla. - Ohio State pulled within one run in the top of the eighth inning, but allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning as No. 19 Florida Atlantic handed the Buckeyes a 6-4 loss Tuesday night at FAU Field. The Buckeyes pulled within a 4-3 score, capitalizing on the first error of the game by Florida Atlantic. After a strike out to start the inning, Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) launched a towering shot just off the infield grass, which was dropped by the Alex, Fonseca, Owls' shortstop. Rabin reached second on the error and scored on a single through the right side by Jedidiah Stephen (So., Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah). After the second pitching change by Florida Atlantic, Stephen was caught stealing to end the scoring threat.

    Florida Atlantic took a 6-3 lead, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Fonseca made up for his error by leading off the inning with a single to shallow right field. Robbie Widlansky pushed a bunt between the pitcher, second baseman and first baseman before Buckeye relief pitcher Dan DeLucia (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) threw wide of first base, allowing Fonseca to advance to third. Ohio State replaced DeLucia with Fausnaugh, who gave up a walk to load the bases.

    Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) then made clutch play at short to throw out Fonseca at home. The Buckeyes then brought in left-handed pitcher Jesse Paciorek (Jr., Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood) to face two lefties. Paciorek gave up a single through the right side by Tim Mascia that scored both Widlansky and pinch runner Jarrod Lauth to give the Owls a three-run advantage with three outs to play.

    Those two runs proved costly for Ohio State, which would have tied the game, 4-4, in the top of the ninth. Garrard delivered a one-out infield single and moved to third on a ground out by Ronnie Bourquin (Fr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South). Garrard stole third and scored on a wild pitch.

    Owls' designated hitter Jordan Hafer was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, though it was Mascia, who delivered three RBI for Florida Atlantic in a 2-for-4 night. Rob Horst was also 2-for-4 knocking in one of the six runs. Stephen and Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) were both 2-for-4 for the Buckeyes, which were out-hit 12-8.

    Buckeye starter Mike Madsen (Jr., Chesterland, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) retired the first seven batters of the game before giving up a single up the middle to Widlansky. Hafer singled through the right side to moved Widlanski to third before Madsen walked Derek Hutton to load the bases for Mascia. Mascia split the first and second basemen to score Widlansky and then a throwing error by Stephen, the Buckeye first baseman, allowed Hafer to score, giving the Owls a 2-0 lead with runners at the corners. After a strikeout for the second out of the game, Horst singled through the left side to score Hutton and put Florida Atlantic up 3-0.

    Jeff Fiorentino homered to right field to put another run on the board in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 4-0. On any other day, the ball would have been a normal fly out to right field but a 20-25 mile per hour wind lifted the ball over the fence.

    Anderson led off the sixth inning with his 10th career triple and scored on a base knock through the left side by Rabin to make it a 4-1 game. Anderson's triple went all the way to the wall in right-center field and the speedy Anderson never hesitated when rounding second. It was the second triple for Anderson in as many games and moved him into a three-way tie for fourth on the career triples list with Mark Carek and Christian Snavely. He is now within two triples of the school record held by Jason Driscoll (1997-2000).

    After a fly out and a strikeout, Cody Caughenbaugh (So., Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley) pinch hit for Adam Schneider (Fr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura Hills) and drove a ball into right field to score Rabin, who stole second earlier in the inning. That pulled the Buckeyes within two runs, 4-2.

    After getting two outs to start the bottom of the sixth, Madsen gave up back-to-back base hits. Madsen, who threw 42 pitches in picking up his third win of the season in a relief appearance Saturday against Rutgers, topped 100 pitches in the inning and was lifted in favor of DeLucia, who walked the first batter he faced to load the bases and then got Fiorentino to ground out to first base.

    Florida Atlantic starter Jason Costello improved to 2-0 with the victory, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts against one walk. Madsen got the loss to drop to 3-2 on the season in 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits, striking out five while walking three. Chris Saxton pitched the final 1.1 innings to pick up his fifth save of the season. Ohio State (7-8) and Florida Atlantic (22-4) meet again Wednesday at 7 p.m. before the Buckeyes return to Columbus on Thursday. The team has the weekend off before the home opener against Eastern Michigan March 31 at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
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    Well, they lost another one 7-6 to FAU. Another failed comeback attempt.

    Old Baseball Adage: Never fall too far behind too early. I read a statistic the other day that the Cleveland Indians were 54-15 last year when leading after 7 innings. Sounds good, right? They were LAST in the league in that category.
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