Ohio State holds off Purdue in 12 Innings
May 24, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Game two was an extra-inning pitchers dual when a Jedidiah Stephens' single brought home Matt Angle for the winning run in the bottom of the 12th, and Ohio State won the ball game by a final score of 2-1. Angle started the Buckeye 12th with a double into left center field, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Dauby hit his next batter, and was subsequently replaced by Chris Toneguzzi who entered the game trying to save the day for the Boilers. Toneguzzi didn't have much luck against the heart of the Ohio State order. Ray Bourquin fouled out to left, but Stephens' single would be all the Buckeyes needed to take the game and remain in the winners' bracket.
Ohio State's Dan DeLucia pitched 10 innings, while his counterpart, Dan Sattler pitched nine innings, and both gave up only a single run without earning a decision. DeLucia struck out seven and walked only two batters, while Sattler struck out three and didn't give up any bases on balls.
In the tenth, DeLucia put the middle of the Boilermaker lineup down in order, capping off his night with a strike out of John Hunter.
Right-hander Trae Dauby came in to replace Sattler in the tenth, and gave up a frozen-rope single to the first batter he faced, Big Ten Player of the Year Ray Bourquin. Bourquin then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jedidiah Stephen, and then J.B. Shuck was intentionally walked. The walk proved to be a good decision for head coach Doug Schreiber, as the next batter, Jason Zoeller batted into a double play and Purdue survived the inning.
Shuck moved from left field to the pitchers' mound for the top of the 11th. The southpaw gave up a walk to Gorka, who advanced to second before Kyle Reesing came in to pinch run. Reesing advanced to third on a fly out, but Shuck struck out the next batter, Eric Neilson, swinging to hold the Boilermakers to scoreless in the inning.
The first run of the game came in the bottom of the second. Ohio State's Jedidiah Stephen singled down the first-base line. J.B. Shuck then grounded out, but Stephen was able to advance to second. Next up was Jason Zoeller who drilled a single up the middle, which was hit hard enough to allow Stephen to score from second base.
Purdue answered in their half of the fourth. John Hunter hit a one-out single to center field, and was followed by Neal Gorka, who promptly hit a single to left and advanced the runner to second. After first-baseman Eric Wolfe flied out, Eric Osborne stepped up and drilled a double into the right field gap. The hit brought Hunter home to tie the score at one. Gorka advanced to third, but Dan DeLucia was able to get out of the inning with no more damage done.