Ohio State Claims First Game of Series, Defeats Spartan Baseball, 8-4
May 4, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State junior left-hander Cory Luebke struck out nine batters and gave up two runs in 6.2 innings pitched to lead the Buckeyes to an 8-4 victory over the Michigan State baseball team Friday night before a crowd of 3,577 at Bill Davis Stadium. Luebke, who was drafted last season by the Texas Rangers, improved his record to a perfect 7-0. Freshman outfielder Chris Roberts went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Spartans. The two teams resume their four-game series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:05 p.m.
Michigan State (15-23, 6-14 Big Ten) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with back-to-back doubles in the first by Dennis Jones and Kyle Day. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the lead was short lived, as the Buckeyes (28-12, 12-7) bounced back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, keyed by a two-run homer off the bat of Justin Miller.
Ohio State added two more runs in the bottom of the second to make it 6-1.
In the top of the fourth, Steve Gerstenberger led off with a walk and advanced to second an Evan Friedland single. A double steal put runners on second and third, and Roberts delivered an RBI groundout to plate Gerstenberger, cutting the lead to 6-2.
The Buckeyes tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and scored their final run on a Jason Zoeller solo blast in the sixth.
After leaving the bases loaded to end the seventh, the Green and White made things interesting in the eighth. Sean Walker led off with a single, and scored as Gerstenberger drilled a ball to the center field fence. Gerstenberger tried to make it a triple, but was thrown out at third on an 8-6-5 Buckeye relay. The rally continued, however, as Justin Potes walked and scored on a Roberts double to center field.
MSU went 1-2-3 in the ninth against Buckeye reliever Trey Fausnaugh.
Spartan starter Craig Brookes (3-5) pitched seven innings, allowing 12 hits and eight runs, seven earned, with fourth strikeouts in the loss.
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