STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Sophomore Josh Newman delivered eight strong innings of pitching and Joe Wilkins drove in four runs Saturday to lead Ohio State (2-0) to a 9-2 win over Mississippi State (1-1) in the National Bank of Commerce Classic at Dudy Noble Field. The Buckeyes added a 4-3, 10-inning win over UAB Saturday to remain unbeaten in the three-day event."> STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Sophomore Josh Newman delivered eight strong innings of pitching and Joe Wilkins drove in four runs Saturday to lead Ohio State (2-0) to a 9-2 win over Mississippi State (1-1) in the National Bank of Commerce Classic at Dudy Noble Field. The Buckeyes added a 4-3, 10-inning win over UAB Saturday to remain unbeaten in the three-day event.">

BUCKEYES TOP STATE 9-2 IN NBC CLASSIC

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/baseballgames/2002/ohiostate0223-1.jpg" align="left" width="271" height="180"> STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Sophomore Josh Newman delivered eight strong innings of pitching and Joe Wilkins drove in four runs Saturday to lead Ohio State (2-0) to a 9-2 win over Mississippi State (1-1) in the National Bank of Commerce Classic at Dudy Noble Field. The Buckeyes added a 4-3, 10-inning win over UAB Saturday to remain unbeaten in the three-day event.

Newman (1-0), a 2001 freshman All-American, blanked the Bulldogs through the first four innings and scattered six hits in his first start of the season. "He's a strike-thrower, and he was pretty good today" said Bulldog coach Ron Polk. "And his defense helped him out with three double plays."

OSU used a pair of walks and an RBI double to left by Doug Deeds to take a 1-0 lead off MSU starter Paul Maholm (0-1). Maholm left the game with two out in the fourth, giving up seven hits, walking five and striking out five during his first appearance of the campaign.

Christian Snavely reached with a bunt single in the fourth, advanced on a passed ball and scored the Buckeyes' second run on Brett Garrard's single through the left side of the infield. Snavely finished the day with three hits.

Chad Henry enjoyed a career-best 3-for-4 outing for MSU and singled in a run in the fourth inning that trimmed the OSU lead to 2-1. But the Buckeyes stretched the lead when Joe Wilkins delivered a two-run singles in the fifth and seventh innings.

Matthew Maniscalco doubled and scored the Bulldogs' final run on a Jason Burkley's second single of the game.

Junior lefty Steve Dowe replaced Maholm in the fifth, and Ryan Carroll worked the final 2-2/3 innings.

Mississippi State and Ohio State wrap up play in the second annual National Bank of Commerce Classic Sunday in a Noon game at Dudy Noble Field.

OHIO STATE 9, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2

OSU 001 120 212 --- 9-12-1
MSU 000 100 010 ---- 2-7-1

WP --- Josh Newman (1-0). LP --- Paul Maholm (0-1). TIME --- 2:50. PAID ATTENDANCE --- 6,592 (4,090 actual).

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