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Discussion in 'Buckeye Baseball' started by JCOSU86, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    M*ch*gan invades Bill Davis this weekend for a 4 game series. The Blue and OSU are 1-2 in the Big 10.

    First Place Ohio State and Second Place Michigan to Battle

    Rivalry heats up as Buckeyes, perched alone atop Big Ten standings, and Wolverines, one game back in second place, meet at Bill Davis Stadium for four games this weekend
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    Former Ohio State pitcher Steve Arlin will have his No. 22 jersey retired between games of a doubleheader Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan.

    April 22, 2004

    (18-14; 8-4 Big Ten)
    (19-14; 7-5 Big Ten)

    April 23-25, 2004
    Bill Davis Stadium
    Columbus, Ohio

    Fri., April 23 6:35 p.m.
    Sat., April 24 4:05 p.m. (DH)
    Sun., April 25 1:05 p.m.

    Michigan leads 140-85-2
    last game: Ohio State 4-2, May 22, 2003

    NPR 820 (WOSU-AM)
    Frank Fraas, Neil Sika and Paul Barnes

    Ohio State Pitchers

    No. Name 2004 Stats*
    G1 23 Josh Newman 5-3, 4.30 ERA, 66K, 58.2 IP
    G2 3 Scott Lewis 0-0, 6.48 ERA, 12K, 8.1 IP
    G3 6 Mike Madsen 5-2, 4.56 ERA, 36K, 51.1 IP
    G4 36 Dan DeLucia 1-1, 7.99 ERA, 12K, 23.2 IP COLUMBUS, Ohio - After handing Wright State a 13-4 loss Wednesday night, the Buckeyes return to conference action in defense of their position at the top of the Big Ten conference standings. Ohio State will have to prevent Michigan from doing what it did last weekend to Michigan State in East Lansing, and that is win a conference series on the road to de-throne the league's top team. The Wolverines come calling to Bill Davis Stadium this weekend for a four-game set.

    Ohio State (18-14) took three of four games at Michigan State last weekend to improve to 8-4 and move ahead of four teams one game behind them that are tied for second. Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State and Michigan State all are 7-5. After losing the opening game of the series, the Buckeyes reeled off three straight victories, handing the Spartans 8-7 and 19-2 losses in the doubleheader Saturday before claiming a 12-10 triumph Sunday to clinch the series 3-1.

    Michigan (19-14) will not be intimidated by the Buckeyes when it comes to Bill Davis Stadium. Last year, the Wolverines became the only team to walk out of the eight-year home venue with a series victory, overcoming a game-one Buckeye triumph to claim the last four games. Ohio State exacted revenge on the Maize and Blue on its way to a second straight Big Ten postseason championship and berth into the NCAA tournament, where it came within two wins of the College World series.

    Ohio State claimed its fourth straight victory Wednesday downing Wright State 13-4 at Bill Davis Stadium to improve to 18-14 overall. The four straight wins is the most by the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State took three of four games last weekend at Michigan State to move into first place in the Big Ten conference. After falling 10-7 in the first game, the Buckeyes were able to claim the final three games of the series, winning 8-7 in game two, 19-2 in game three and 12-10 in the finale. It was the first time since the 2002 season against Penn State that the Buckeyes lost the opening game only to win the final three games of the series.

    Derek Kinnear was the top Buckeye at Michigan State though he did not play in the series opener. In the final three games of the series, the senior catcher from Kenton, Ohio, was 7-for-10 with four doubles, three RBI and five runs. Steve Caravati was named the Big Ten Player of the Week after batting .474 (9-for-19) in the four games with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored. Drew Anderson also drove in seven runs in going 6-for-19 (.316). Of the six hits by Jedidiah Stephen, one was a double and three home runs. He batted in six runs. Ohio State hit 16 doubles and nine home runs at Michigan State while outscoring the Spartans 46-29.

    Jedidiah Stephen took over the team batting lead after going 2-for-3 Wednesday night at Wright State. He is batting .354 with six home runs, 25 RBI and a .626 slugging percentage. He shares the home run lead with Steve Caravati, who went long to score two runs in the fourth inning Wednesday night. Caravati is second on the team with a .349 batting average. Drew Anderson, who is third on the team with a .343 batting average, shares the team lead with 12 doubles after hitting three against Wright State. Brett Garrard also has 12 doubles. The Buckeyes upped their average from .298 going into the weekend to .304 currently.

    Against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are expected to throw Josh Newman in game one, followed by Scott Lewis and Mike Madsen in the Saturday doubleheader before asking Dan DeLucia to close out the series on Sunday. Newman has a 5-3 record and a 4.30 ERA with a team-high 66 strikeouts (against 16 walks) in 58.2 innings. Lewis is 0-0 on his young season with a 6.48 ERA in only two appearances this season. Madsen is 5-2 with a 4.56 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 51.1 innings, while DeLucia is 1-1 with a 7.99 ERA in 23.2 innings. The team ERA is 4.69 up from 4.30 heading into last weekend.

    Former Ohio State pitcher Steve Arlin, who helped lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back appearances at the College World Series in 1965 and 1966, will have his No. 22 jersey retired between games of a doubleheader Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan, which begins at 4:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.

    Arlin not only is considered the top pitcher in Ohio State baseball history, but he also is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the College World Series. In 1965, facing elimination against Washington State, Arlin struck out a CWS-record 20 batters in a 15-inning 1-0 victory by Ohio State. The next year, the Buckeyes won the National Championship with Arlin on the mound in five of the team's six games, twice beating top-seeded Southern California.

    Arlin had a two-year record of 24-3 with the Buckeyes and held OSU marks for victories and strikeouts (294) until 1999 and his .889 win percentage is the best in school history. He led the nation in strikeouts as a sophomore with 165 and went 13-2 that year in leading the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the 1965 College World Series. The next year he went 11-1 and helped Ohio State claim the championship.

    Arlin, who went on to pitch six seasons with the San Diego Padres, was a two-time First Team All-American and All-Big Ten selection and still holds two College World Series records. He was honored by being the Most Valuable Player at the College World Series in 1966 and is a member of the All-Time College World Series Team.

    Arlin, who now lives in San Diego, Calif., will be in attendance Saturday for the retirement ceremony when he will accept a framed jersey.

    The Wolverines improved to 19-14 after beating Cleveland State 2-1 in 14 innings Wednesday night. Catcher Jeff Kunkel singled in the winning run with the bases load in the second straight and sixth overall extra inning game of the season. Michigan went to 7-5 in the Big Ten after splitting games last weekend against Illinois, winning the first two contests against Illinois by scores of 6-3 and 5-2 before sustaining a pair of one-run losses, 5-4 and 9-8 (11 innings).

    Leading the Michigan batters is Kyle Bohm, who is batting .397 with 32 starts in the team's first 33 games. He paces the team with 50 hits, 14 doubles, six home runs, 32 RBI and a .651 slugging percentage. In all, eight players have better than a .300 batting average as the team owns a .306 batting average. Rounding out the Top 3 spots are Jeremy Goldschmeding, who is batting .359, and Matt Butler, who has a .339 BA.

    On the hill, Michigan had a 4.88 team ERA. The Wolverines are expected to go with the pitching rotation they used last week. Michigan threw Jim Brauer in the opening game of the series, followed by Derek Feldkamp in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader and Michael Penn in the nightcap. Bobby Garza closed out the series. Brauer is 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Feldkamp is 4-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 42.0 innings of action. He has 31 strikeouts and his holding opposing batters to a .219 average. Penn is 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 46.2 innings, while Garza is 2-1 with a 5.05 ERA and 26 strikeouts (24 walks) in 35.2 innings.

    Michigan is coached by second-year mentor Rich Maloney, a 1986 graduate of Western Michigan. Maloney is 49-41 at Michigan and 305-185-1 in his ninth season as a head coach.

    Michigan leads the all-time series with Ohio State 140-85-2 after taking three of four games in Columbus last season. The Buckeyes got revenge in the Big Ten Tournament handing the Wolverines their first loss. The Scarlet and Gray went on to win its sixth overall and second straight conference tournament title.

    Since the Big Ten began playing four-game series in 1981, each team has swept the other three times while Ohio State has taken three of four games a total of six times compared to five by Michigan. The teams have split a total of six times. Michigan has not swept the Buckeyes since 1987 while the last Ohio State sweep was in 1996. Bob Todd is 46-28 against Michigan in his previous 16 years as skipper of the Buckeyes.

    Last Three Years (OSU leads 8-6)
    May 11, 2001 - Michigan 7, at Ohio State 5
    May 12, 2001 - at Ohio State 2, Michigan 0
    May 12, 2001 - at Ohio State 10, Michigan 7
    May 13, 2001 - at Ohio State 9, Michigan 2
    May 16, 2001 - at Ohio State 8, Michigan 4*
    May 3, 2002 - Ohio State 11, at Michigan 6
    May 4, 2002 - at Michigan 5, Ohio State 4
    May 4, 2002 - at Michigan 1, Ohio State 0
    May 5, 2002 - Ohio State 9, at Michigan 5
    May 2, 2003 - at Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
    May 3, 2003 - Michigan 5, at Ohio State 4
    May 3, 2003 - Michigan 3, at Ohio State 1
    May 4, 2003 - Michigan 9, Ohio State 4
    May 22, 2003 - Ohio State 4, Michigan 2**
    * Big Ten Tournament, Columbus, Ohio
    ** Big Ten Tournament, Minneapolis, Minn.

  2. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

  3. Nixon

    Nixon Wears Scarlet-colored glasses

    2-1 in the opener, 4-8 in the 2nd. Jed Stephen had a hit down the 1st base line to win it in the 7th in the opener...didn't see much before that as I was at the Spring Game and ate dinner. 2nd game...2 errors(throwing error by Garrard and a bad throw by Zoeller) really sunk the Bucks, although there was no offense either way.
  4. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

  5. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    At least our spring football game went well....
  6. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    Depends on how you look at it. Troy Smith might disagree with you. And Trappasano too..

  7. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    I forgot my sarcasm font.
  8. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    I missed the game and only heard about it on the radio. Traveling to my home town for a family obligation :sleep2:

    Your subtle and sarcastic wit was obviously lost on Mr-right-on-top-of-it...

  9. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member


    I got to catch the 2nd half of it on the live feed on I don't know whether it was the hangover or the teams performance that was making me nauseous.

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