Ohio State Routs Northwestern by a Final of 9-0
May 25, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After scoring only two runs yesterday in their extra-inning victory over Purdue, Ohio State's offense caught fire today against No. 2 Northwestern. The Buckeyes took a lead in the first and never looked back as they went on to win by a final score of 9-0.
Ohio State opened the scoring in the top of the first when Michael Arp crossed the plate on an Adam Schneider sacrifice fly to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 early on, with the unearned running coming from no hits. Ohio State picked up a couple more runs in the third. Eric Fryer led off with a home run over the left-field wall to make the score 2-0.
In the same inning, Schneider, who reached first on a scoring error, advanced all the way around the infield to score an unearned run, making the score 3-0. In the top of the fifth, Ray Borquin doubled to lead off and advanced to third on an infield grounder. He scored a run on a passed ball by Northwestern catcher Jeff Deitz.
Meanwhile, Ohio State's Cory Leubke was pitching a 2-hit shutout through six innings to hold his team's four-run lead.
In the seventh, Ohio State added another pair of runs to their lead. With two outs Bourquin hit a single to center, and ran all the way to home on a Schneider single. Jedidiah Stephen then drilled a single to center that scored Schneider to make the score 6-0 Buckeyes.
In the ninth the Buckeyes poured it on, as Northwestern went through three pitchers in the inning. Lead-off walks for Fryer and Bourquin set up a Stephen three-run shot to left-center field, making the score 9-0.
In the bottom of the ninth, Rory Meister took over for Leubke, who finished with eight innings pitched, and gave up only three hits and one walk. Meister pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning to preserve the 9-0 win. Ohio State will stay in the winners' bracket while Northwestern falls into the consolation-single elimination bracket for the remainder of the tournament.