May 24, 2012

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Haase, Plawecki lead Purdue past Ohio State

By Phil Stanton Co-Founder



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top players rose to the occasion.


Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Joe Haase pitched eight solid innings and Big Ten Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki (right) belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 3-2 deficit as top-seeded Purdue edged sixth-seeded Ohio State 5-4 in the Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park.


Haase (10-1) allowed six hits and three runs with no walks and one strikeout.


OSU had reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth. With two away, Brad Hallberg singled and scored on a triple by Mike Carroll to knot the score at 2-2. Josh Dezse followed with a double to plate Carroll with the go-ahead run.


The Buckeyes scored in the top of the first as Tim Wetzel had a leadoff single, moved to third on a base hit by Ryan Cypret and scored on a safety squeeze by Carroll.


Plawecki had a sacrifice fly in the first to tie the game at 1 and David Miller doubled and scored in the second to give the Boilermakers a 2-1 edge.


Purdue added an insurance run in the eighth as Stephen Talbott had a leadoff single and scored on a fielder’s choice by Cameron Perkins to make it 5-3.


(photo courtesy of Purdue Media Relations Office)