April 14, 2000
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On the last day of classes at the University of Michigan, the Wolverines (11-19-1 overall, 4-9 in the Big Ten) celebrated by taking the first game of a four-game series against the Ohio State baseball team (22-12, 4-5 in the Big Ten), 8-2 at Ray Fisher Stadium.
“The mistakes we made cost us some runs and gave Michigan the momentum they needed,” head coach Bob Todd said. “With two games tomorrow, we’ll have to shake this loss off quickly.”
The Wolverines took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, David Parrish hit a 1-2 offering from OSU starting pitcher E.J. Laratta (So., Englewood, Colo.) over the leftfield wall for his eighth home run of the year.
In the bottom half of the third inning, Michigan added another run. With one out, Blake Rutkowski lined a single to leftfield. He then advanced two bases on a sacrifice bunt by Rob Bodeda. One batter later, Rutkowski scored when Scott Tousa hit a ball that was misplayed by OSU second baseman Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio). The error increased the Michigan lead to 2-0.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ohio State tied the game at two. With one out, Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) reached base on an infield single. Two batters later, he moved to second on a single by John Mayor (Jr, Chesterfield, Mo.). Ehrnsberger immediately followed with a single to leftfield to score Driscoll and give OSU its first run of the ballgame. Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) then tied the game at two with a single to rightfield to score Mayor. In the bottom half of the inning, Michigan retook the lead with a pair of runs on four hits. Rutkowski led off with a single to centerfield and later scored on a single by Parrish. Jay Dines drove in the second run with a one-run single to give UM a 4-2 lead.
Michigan tacked on two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tousa scored on an error by Ehrnsberger and Parrish scored on a sacrifice fly by Dines to increase the UM lead to 6-2.
UM increased its lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Bobeda drove in a run on a single and Parish drove in his third RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly.
Laratta (4-3) took the loss for OSU. In a rare off outing, the Ohio State ace went seven innings, threw 128 pitches, gave up 12 hits, eight runs, five earned runs and struck out two. UM starting pitcher Nicke Alexander improved to 2-1 on the year with the complete game win.
Tomorrow, Ohio State and Michigan will continue the four-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.