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Buckeyes open Big 10 play


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I could say a million things about this series, but the release below speaks for itself....its gonna be tough. A split on the road against the Illini would be just fine with me.

(13-4; 0-0 Big Ten)
(10-5-1; 0-0 Big Ten)

April 1-3, 2005
Illinois Field (2,000), Champaign, Ill.

Fri., April 1 5:05 p.m. WebSat., April 2 1:05 p.m. (DH) Web/WebSun., April 3 2:05 p.m. Radio

Ohio State leads 89-79-2
last game: April 4, 2004, Illinois 12-4



PROBABLE STARTING PITCHINGG1 39 Trent Luyster, LHP 4-1, 4.98 ERA, 15K, 28.2IPG2 6 Mike Madsen, RHP 1-1, 6.00 ERA, 10K, 15.0IPG3 19 Cory Luebke, LHP 2-0, 1.57 ERA, 26K, 28.2IPG4 36 Dan DeLucia, LHP 1-1, 1.54 ERA, 21K, 23.1IP

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Riding a 10-game win streak after beating Toledo 12-4 Wednesday night in the home opener at Bill Davis Stadium, Ohio State returns the road again this weekend to open Big Ten play at Illinois.

Buckeye head coach Bob Todd will be going for his 700th win at Ohio State, needing only one victory. The 18th-year mentor enters the weekend series with a 699-359-2 record at Ohio State and is 823-430-2 in his 22nd year as a head coach. Last year in the series opener against Illinois at Bill Davis Stadium, Todd became the fastest coach and only the second ever to win 300 Big Ten games.

The series gets underway Friday with a single game at 5:05 p.m. and continues with a doubleheader Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 2:05 p.m. Game times on Friday and Saturday were moved up to accommodate the Illinois men's basketball team's appearance in the NCAA Final Four and differ from previously published schedules.

All four games of the series will be broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org and the final game will also be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM). Neil Sika and Paul Barnes will describe the action.

The Buckeyes improved to 13-4 on the year and ran its win streak to 10 games after beat Toledo 12-4 Wednesday night to open the ninth season at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State, which has not lost since falling to Bradley 4-3 on March 12, and followed that up with a win over Rider before winning all eight games on its spring break trip - Northern Iowa, Bucknell, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Illinois-Chicago, and two wins each against Cornell and Dartmouth - before the win Wednesday over Toledo.

Jason Zoeller leads Ohio State with a .417 batting average and 25 hits and has a hit in 13 straight games, during which he has batted .460. Zoeller, a sophomore from Verona, Pa., has three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. The Buckeyes have raised their team batting average from .261 prior to the win streak to .309 after the win over Toledo on Wednesday. Five other Buckeyes starters join Zoeller with averages better than .300. Cody Caughenbaugh is batting .367 with 18 hits (five doubles, one triple) and his batted in 14 runs. Matt Angle is batting .349 with 15 hits and four RBI. Jedidiah Stephen is batting .339 with a team-best four home runs and is second on the team with 18 RBI, one off the pace of Paul Farinacci, who has batted in 19 runs on 14 hits (seven doubles, one triple). Wes Schirtzinger and Ronnie Bourquin round out those batting at least .300. Each has 21 hits and is batting .304.

Dan DeLucia has the best ERA on the team at 1.54 and a record of 1-1 and 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings. Cory Luebke has 25 strikeouts to lead the staff. He is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 28.2 innings. Trent Luyster leads the team with a 4-1 record. He has a 4.08 ERA and 15 strikeouts through 28.2 innings. As a staff, Ohio State's ERA is 3.31, down from 3.97 before the 10-game win streak.

Against Illinois, Ohio State is expected to go with a starting rotation of Luyster in game one, and then Luebke and Mike Madsen in games two and three before tossing DeLucia in game four.

The Fighting Illini improved to 10-5-1 after beating Indiana State 8-4 in its home opener Tuesday night at Illinois Field. Illinois has won six of its last eight games and has a .296 batting average as a team, averaging 6.1 runs per game on 10.3 hits per game and leads the conference in fielding with a .980 fielding percentage, just in front of Ohio State. On the mound, the Illini have a 2.87 team ERA.

Ryan Rogowski has played all 16 games and leads Illinois with a .400 batting average. He has a team best 26 hits and three doubles. J.R. Kyes is batting .395 in 11 games. Dusty Bensko leads the team with 15 RBI, while batting .356 on 21 hits, including a team-best five doubles and five of the team's 12 home runs. Chad Frk is batting .344, while Trevor Huisinga is batting .341. Brian Blomquiest has made five starts and leads the Illini with a 4-1 record and a 1.82 ERA in 34.2 innings. He has 21 strikeouts, second to Jimmy Conroy, who has fanned 25. Conroy is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 29.1 innings. Matt Whitmore and Andy Sigerich each have made three starts. Whitmore is 1-1 with a 5.24 and eight strikeouts in 22.1 innings, while Sigerich is 0-1 with a 8.25 ERA and four strikeouts in 12.0 innings. Reliever Jake Toohey is 0-0 with two saves and 15 strikeouts in seven appearances totalling 15.0 innings. Six other pitchers have yet to allow an earned run in 20.1 innings. Illinois did not announce a pitching rotation for this weekend's Big Ten opener


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another epic post

Any of you scratching your heads after seeing the weekend starting rotation?

I like Trent going on Friday. He has lots of experience and should be comfortable starting that ever important first game, but madsen pitching the front end of the double header? I expected he would go in the second game for sure. (so Mike could get a little bit more time to rest and recover) I think its a smart move to keep him out of the 9 inning games, but why not just save him until the back end of the DH. If i had my way, I'd throw Luebke and then Madsen. Its prolly a silly question, but it just struck me as kinda odd...Then again, Coach Todd knows his players a heck of a lot better than i do!

No doubt Illinois will pitch Blomquiest and Conroy right out of the box, but i feel like we can handle the other two starters they will throw at us. Their bullpen is solid...Flooney has been a dominant reliever so far this year. If we steal one of the first 2 games, we may get 3 of 4.

Good luck Bucks
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Serenity now
I'm thinking he has Madsen up first because the bullpen will definitely be needed. Can't afford to tire them out in the first game of the DH then have them come back in the 3rd or 4th inning of the second DH game. Probably thinking he'll rely on the pen with Madsen and hope Luebke can turn around and go 6 or all 7.
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Ugh..Bucks lose 7-1. Not a total shock, because Blomquiest is as good as any pitcher in the Big 10. If we can split tommorow, i think we can win sunday....or lets just sweep the DH and win sunday too ! ..trying to think happy thoughts

Good point about the pen clevebuck. We will for sure need some relief for Mike on saturday. I imagine he will pitch one end or the other of the DH's for the rest of the year.
Conroy will start for the Illini in game 2, and i bet the illinois coaches dont even know who with pitch games 3 and 4 for them.
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Bucks lose the DH 4-1 and 5-4. I knew game one would be tough, but i thought for sure we could get game two..oh well. Sigerich will prolly get the call for Illinois on sunday, but i expect he will be gone at the first sign of trouble. The illinois pen is deep and rested. Delucia will start for us.

Madsen pitched ok, but was wild hitting three batters. A couple errors didnt help him either. Luebke was probably feeling the pressure, and just never really got in the groove. Farinacci's slam against Foohey was a real shocker !! Foohey hadnt given up nothing all year.

The Bucks just arent getting it done so far. Great Illinois pitching has been a big part, but i get the feeling the Bucks are a bit flat IMO. It goes without saying that Sundays game is a must win.
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No mercy
Hey, at least we can beat Illinois in football and basketball :) .

I wish the Buckeyes well this season, as one of my friends is playing for them - Matt Angle. Went to high school with him (2 years older though) and we both played football at Whitehall. I would love to see my friends excell at the next level while benifiting my beloved Buckeyes! Go Bucks!

To my other boys, good luck this year in football, make ur team proud:
-Dom Hixon (WR) Akron
-Ryan Johnson (DB) Akron
-Anthony Jordan (LB) Toledo
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theyll be fine this year. they never start off all that great. by the big ten tourney theyre always playing well. the difference between this year and last is that this year we actualy had a decent non-conf record whic hwill ehlp come tourney time.

ps sorry for misspeling little drunk
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0 and 4 vs Illinois who i had figured as the fourth best team in the league. Its gonna be tough to win the big 10 now thats for sure. Illinois and Minny are both 4-0. No margin for error from here on out.

It looks like our only hope is the big ten tourney, but its still way early to write this team off.
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Not a huge deal. Todd's teams always do better in the tourney than in the regular season. They always seem to start off real slow offensively then pick it up. Injuries to Caravati, Howell, and Madsen didn't help. They'll still do well and compete for the title. Minnesota isn't as great as michigan made them out to be. It's going to be a much more balanced league at the top this year. I could name 5 or 6 teams that will legitimately compete for the title. PSU and Indiana will both be tough too. And OSU will definitely be in the hunt by the end of the season.
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