Big Ten Baseball Tournament - Game 5 Live Blog
May 21, 2009
FINAL: Ohio State 7, Illinois 4
10:05 p.m.: Another ground-out, another great Illinois play, and another Ohio State run scores, putting the Buckeyes up, 5-4. Two runners in scoring position with two down.
10:02 p.m.: Ohio State ties the game on a ground-out by Stephens, but Illinois second baseman Josh Parr makes a phenomenal play to make the out, keeping the ball in the infield and preventing further damage. Still just one out and runners on second and third as Illinois chooses to intentionally walk Big Ten Player of the Year Dan Burkhart.
9:58 p.m.: Ohio State loads the bases with nobody out, brining Lee Zerrusen in from the bullpen to relieve Strack.
9:49 p.m.: Shortstop Tyler Engle makes a great play to get the Buckeyes out of the Inning. Still 4-3 Illini as we're stretching in Columbus.
9:43 p.m.: The speedy Brandon Wikoff legs out a double down the right-field line, putting runners on second and third with on one out for Illinois. That chases Wimmers from the game, who leaves to a standing ovation after surrendering only six hits. Drew Rucinski on to pitch for the Buckeyes.
9:33 p.m.: Justin Miller sends a fly ball to right, bringing Stephens in on the sacrifice to cut Illinois' lead in half. A fielder's choice by Arp plates Dew, making it a 4-3 ballgame.
9:32 p.m.: A deep single by Michael Stephens followed by an infield hit by Ryan Dew and the Buckeyes are rallying with runners on the corners and no outs in the sixth.
9:24 p.m.: Pete Cappetta keeps the rally alive with a two-out single to center, plating Johnson. 4-1 Illini.
9:18 p.m.: The Illini grab an insurance run as Johnson doubles to left-center, scoring Brandon Wikoff, who reached on a leadoff walk.
9:08 p.m.: Wimmers and Strack have been dominant since the second inning, holding opposing batters scoreless and to five total hits since. Moving right along, we head to the sixth with Illinois leading, 2-1.
8:56 p.m.: Ohio State threats in the fourth, but Illinois right-fielder Pete Cappetta fires a strike to cut down Ryan Dew trying to advance from first to third on a Justin Miller hit.
8:30 p.m.: Michael Arp puts the Buckeyes on the board with a two-out double, driving in Justin Miller who reached on a walk.
8:15 p.m.: Aaron Johnson belts a two-run homer to left-center to give the Illini an early lead. Estimated distance - 390 feet.
8:10 p.m.: Cory Kovanda gets a hit for the Buckeyes, but Will Strack induces an inning-ending double play to get out of the inning.
8:05 p.m.: 1-2-3 go the Illini in the top of the first.
8:03 p.m.: And we're off! Illinois' Bonadonna is first-pitch swinging and pops up Alex Wimmers' offering to start the game.
7:54 p.m.: The head coaches and umpires are meeting at home plate now. We should be on time for an 8 p.m. start. No. 1 Ohio State faces No. 4 Illinois under the lights and in front of a huge crowd at beautiful Huntington Park.