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May 5, 1998

OSU IN THE POLLS – %^$In the May 4 national polls, Ohio State (32-13, 15-8/3rd) is ranked 23rd by Collegiate Baseball and 27th by USA Today/Baseball Weekly. The Buckeyes have dropped out of the Baseball America top 25.

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OSU AND INDIANA SPLIT – %^$OSU was on a quest for the Big Ten championship, but the playoff hungry Indiana Hoosiers blocked the Buckeye path to the title. With a four-game split (W 13-4, L 2-0, L 5-3, W 23-15), OSU was bounced back to third in the standings and hopes to claim a spot in the postseason tournament.

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THE CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS – %^$Cleveland State is 18-29 on the year and will play at Youngstown State on Tuesday night. OSU leads the all-time series 25-5 and head coach Bob Todd is 13-1 all-time against the Vikings with his only loss coming last year when the two teams split a series in Columbus (L 5-3, W 23-6).

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THE PITTSBURGH PANTHERS – %^$Pittsburgh is 11-23-1 overall and 5-15 in the Big East. The Panthers play host to Kent on Tuesday and are on a two-game winning streak after taking two of three from Seton Hall. OSU leads the all-time series 13-0 and Todd is 2-1 against Pittsburgh for his career. The teams have not played since 1968.

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THE MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS – %^$Michigan State is 24-24 and 7-13 in the Big Ten. The Spartans were swept at home over the weekend by Minnesota (2-1, 4-1, 9-3, 5-1) and are idle during the week for final examinations. OSU leads the all-time series 100-67-1 and Todd is 30-12 all-time against the Spartans. The Buckeyes took three of four games in East Lansing last year (L 7-1, W 6-1, W 7-1, W 4-0).

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RADIO BROADCAST – %^$Wednesday’s game and Sunday’s first game will be broadcast live on WOSU Radio (820 AM) with Frank Fraas and Herb Howenstine calling all the action. The tandem will also provide commentary for the Monday night game. %^$

%^$BIG TEN STANDINGS%^$ 1. Illinois* 19 5 0 .792%^$ 2. Minnesota 16 8 0 .666%^$ 3. Ohio State 15 8 0 .652%^$ 4. Penn State 13 10 0 .565%^$ 5. Indiana 13 11 0 .542%^$ 6. Iowa 9 15 0 .375%^$ 7. Purdue 8 16 0 .375%^$ 8. Northwestern 9 15 0 .375%^$ 9. Michigan State 7 13 0 .350%^$10. Michigan 6 14 0 .300%^$* Clinched Big Ten regular season championship, will host tournament. %^$%^$

REGIONAL SITE SELECTIONS – %^$The eight regional sites and hosts will be announced in a live, one-hour news conference on Monday, May 11 from 2-3 p.m. Central time. Committee chair Ron Wellman, director of athletics at Wake Forest University, will make the announcement.

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EHRNSBERGER TIES RECORD – %^$Chad Ehrnsberger tied a school single-game mark for home runs in game four at Indiana when he recorded three round trippers.

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NOT SINCE 1962… – %^$OSU’s 23 runs in game four at Indiana is the most since the Buckeyes overpowered Cleveland State 23-6 last year at Bill Davis Stadium and the most in a Big Ten game since OSU downed Northwestern 27-12 in 1962.

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OSU IS NO. 1 FOR FIELDING – %^$The Buckeyes are currently ranked first in the country for fielding percentage with a 9.72 mark, tied with Texas Christian.

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BIG TEN RANKINGS – %^$In overall games, OSU ranks first for fielding (.972), third for pitching (4.76 ERA) and third for batting (.337) in the Big Ten. Individual conference rankings place Seimetz second for home runs per game (0.36) and slugging percentage (.752). He is third for batting average (.407) and fourth for home runs (14). Lockwood is second for runs scored per game (1.39) and third for home runs (15). Thompson is third for runs allowed per game (3.72) and fifth for ERA (3.19). Stafford is first for games in relief with 24 and also first for games finished (19). He is also fourth for saves with five. Justin Fry is second for batters struck out looking with 35 and third for strikeouts per game with 10.82. Andy Lee is second for runners picked off (5) and fourth for wins with eight.

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OSU HITTING STREAKS – %^$Buckeyes that are currently on hitting streaks include: Trott – 14 games.

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AROUND THE BIG TEN%^$Minnesota at Northwestern
%^$Rocky Miller Park, Evanston, Ill.
%^$Golden Gophers – 37-12, 16-8 Big Ten; Took four games at Michigan State to leap over Ohio State in the standings. Wildcats – 25-23, 9-15 Big Ten; Also swept last weekend, pounding Iowa for 45 runs while giving up just 11.

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Michigan at Indiana
%^$Sembower Field, Bloomington, Ind.
%^$Wolverines – 16-26-1, 6-14 Big Ten; The most disappointing team in the conference this year and was swept at home by Penn State. Hoosiers – 28-24, 13-11 Big Ten; In the playoff hunt. Split at home with Ohio State, erasing the Buckeyes chances for a regular season title.

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Purdue at Penn State
%^$Beaver Field, University Park, Pa.
%^$Boilermakers – 22-27, 8-16 Big Ten; Dropped four games at home, giving Illinois the regular season title. Nittany Lions – 25-21, 13-10 Big Ten; Took all four games of the Michigan series to remain in the playoff hunt.

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FOR THE RECORD – %^$In addition to holding the runs scored record (210) and the at-bats record (796), Carek is also third for triples with 10, third for base on balls with 119 and second for hits with 252. In addition to holding the career home run record (51) and the all-time hits mark (281), Seimetz holds the all-time marks for doubles with 71 and RBI with 230. He is also second for runs scored with 190 and second for at bats with 749. Trott remains OSU all-time batting leader with a .412 average (155-376). Seimetz is second on that list at .375 (281-749). Fry is third for strikeouts with 264 and is tied for seventh for career wins with 25. Stafford is tied for third for single season saves with five.

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INJURY REPORT – %^$Jason Driscoll experienced back spasms at Penn State and has not played since.

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OSU WINS TWO AT PENN STATE – %^$The Buckeyes headed into Happy Valley with a share of the conference lead, a No. 20 ranking and a nine game winning streak, but left in second place with a 2-1 weekend, ;losing one game to the weather. OSU took the first two games, winning 8-2 and 15-11, but dropped the second half of the doubleheader, 4-2, in a game that saw four home runs in seven innings. Game four was rained out.

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BUCKEYES SWEEP PURDUE – %^$The Buckeyes took all four games at Purdue with the team’s best overall pitching effort so far this season. Three starters hurled complete games and a fourth went 8.0 innings as OSU commanded the series from start to finish. The squad won 7-3, 7-1, 8-3 and 12-5.

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OHIO STATE AND ILLINOIS SPLIT – %^$The Buckeyes split a four-game series with Illinois. The Illini took the first two games (2-1, 2-1) with superior pitching that baffled the Buckeye bats. Illinois let game three slip away, losing 3-2 and OSU earned the split with an 8-5 G4 victory.

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OSU WINS THREE IN HOME OPENER – %^$Ohio State took three of four games from Michigan at Bill Davis Stadium with a trio of dramatic victories (W 6-4, W 2-1, W 3-2, L 12-8) over the Wolverines. OSU fans packed the stadium last Friday night (3,631) for the first home night game in the 115-year history of Buckeye baseball.

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OSU AND NORTHWESTERN SPLIT – %^$Ohio State started the 1998 Big Ten campaign at Evanston, Ill., winning just two of four games at Rocky Miller Park (15-9 NU, 12-1 OSU, 5-2 OSU, 6-4 NU). The Buckeyes were dismantled on Friday but managed to bounce back with a pair of three-hit contests in the doubleheader on Saturday. In a tight getaway game Sunday, the Bucks dropped another contest they were in position to win, ailing from a case of stranded runners.

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BUCKS LEAVE FLORIDA 5-0 – %^$OSU left Florida 5-0 for the spring trip after winning all of its games at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Buckeyes defeated: Fairleigh Dickinson, 11-1, Canisius, 10-2, Albright, 20-1 and Central Connecticut State 15-8 and 7-3.

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OSU WINS DESERT CLASSIC CROWN – %^$The Scarlet and Gray won the 18th annual Coors Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Bucks went 4-1 for the tournament, losing to host UNLV 9-8 in a contest that came down to OSU’s last at-bat. OSU pounded No. 22 UNLV the next day 18-1 in the championship game. The squad also beat Oral Roberts 10-5, Washington State 11-2, Lewis-Clark State 11-8.

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BUCKS CLAIM LAKE AREA TITLE – %^$OSU went 2-1 at the Lake Area Classic this past weekend, claiming the eighth annual title. The championship marks the second time the Buckeyes have taken the tournament (also in 1996).

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RECAPPING THE BASEBALL BLAST – %^$OSU lost the first two games and won its last at the season opening ACC Baseball Blast at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. An untimely error late in the first game and a grand slam in the second led to the Buckeyes 0-2 start to the 1998 season. The squad was tied in the first game and leading in the second. Lee, Lockwood and Seimetz made the all-tournament team.

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HEAD COACH BOB TODD – %^$Todd’s Ohio State Buckeyes have been the dominant Big Ten team of the 1990s. His 1997 squad returned to the Big Ten tournament after a one year layoff and rolled to a playoff victory, earning OSU’s sixth NCAA tournament berth in seven years. His Buckeyes went 42-18 last season, the sixth 40-win season for Todd in the 90’s. Under Todd, Ohio State won five straight Big Ten titles, made eight straight Big Ten playoff and five straight NCAA tournament appearances. Todd has Ohio State baseball solidly among the best in the nation. Now in his 11th season at Ohio State, Todd has guided the Buckeyes to a 434-220-1 record (an average of 40 wins a year), four Big Ten championships, five straight first place finishes in the Big Ten regular season standings between 1991-95, and to five straight and six total, NCAA regional appearances (1991-95, ’97). He also has guided OSU to a third-place and two second-place finishes in those six NCAA Regional Tournaments. His career record is 558-302-1.

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LAST YEAR – %^$The 1997 Ohio State University baseball team reestablished itself as a Big Ten power and a national contender by winning 42 games, capturing the 1997 Big Ten tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA Mideast Regional in Starkville, Miss. The 42-18 campaign represented Ohio State’s sixth 40-win season in the last seven seasons. The NCAA Regional appearance was also the Buckeyes’ sixth in the last seven years. And the Big Ten Tournament championship was OSU’s fourth in the last seven years.

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SIX NCAA REGIONALS IN THE 90’s – %^$Ohio State has made 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a school-best streak of five straight appearances between 1991-95 and again last season. OSU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1951, 1955, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1982 in addition to its six appearances in the 1990s. Four times – 1951, 1965, 1966 and 1967 – Ohio State has advanced to the College World Series, winning the crown in 1966.

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MARK CAREK – %^$Smooth operator. Co-captain of the Buckeyes for the second year in a row. Recorded a rare 3 E in the Indiana series. Batted just 3-14 against the Hoosiers with 2 R and 1 RBI. 2-3 with 3 R against Miami. Batted 3-4 with 2 R and 4 RBI in G2 at Penn State. Pulled a monster 2 R HR into the third row of the parking lot in left field, disturbing some tailgaters that were in attendance for the Blue-White game. Just 3 E in Big Ten play and only eight on the year. Batted 1-4 against WVU with 1 R and 2 RBI. Recorded his best weekend of the season with a 7-16 trip at Purdue. 2-4 in G’s 2 & 3 with 2 R in each contest. Scored 1 R and knocked in another in a 2-5 performance against Dayton. Batted just 2-13 against the Fighting Illini.

Scored once against Youngstown State and also recorded 1 H. Batted .500 (2-4) in G4 against Michigan while scoring 1 R and batting in another. 1-4 in G1 against the Wolverines, but it was a clutch hit that knocked in a run to put OSU up by two. Recorded a 6-17 performance at Northwestern where he went 4-5 with three runs scored in G2. Hit first HR of the year in the 9-8 loss at UNLV to pull the Bucks within one. Batted 4-6 with 3 R in the championship game against the Rebels and 12-24 (.500) with 9R for the tournament. Batted .364 (4-11) at the ACC Baseball Blast with 3 RBI.

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CORY COX – %^$Solid effort at Indiana in G4, pitching 3.2 innings in relief with 5 K. It was his most impressive outing to date. Started against Ashland, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up three earned runs. Did not factor in the decision. Had a bit of a problem against YSU, giving up 6 H and 3 ER in 2.0 IP in relief. Pitched 0.2 innings in G4 against Michigan. First career start came against Ohio Wesleyan in which he pitched 4.0 innings (2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB).

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JASON DRISCOLL – %^$2-3 with 2 R and 3 RBI in G1 at Penn State. Left G3 with back spasms. Entered the game as a pinch runner against West Virginia, but did not cross the plate. Scored the game winning run against Ashland in the bottom of the ninth with two out after entering the game in the eighth inning. Saw action in three of the four games at Purdue. Went 2-4 in G3. Played in G’s 1,3 and 4 of the Illinois series and batted .300 (3-10). Went 2-3 in G3 against the Fighting Illini and 1-4 in G4. Pinch-hit for Zabloudil against the Battling Bishops and went 1-2 with one run scored. Hit a grand slam in G1 at Northwestern.

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TOM DURANT – %^$Pinch-hit in G2 at Indiana after recovering from a thumb injury. Started in the outfield in G’s 3 & 4 and went 4-5 in G4 with 2 HR, 3 R and 4 RBI. 0-1 against Ashland after leaving the game with a split thumb. Started every game at Purdue and put together a 6-16 performance with 3 R, 1 2B and 1 SB. Was 3-5 with 2 R and 1 RBI in G4. Batted 2-5 with his second HR of the year vs. Dayton, notching two RBI and 1 R against the Flyers. 0-3 in G3 against Illinois, but held on to the ball at the plate for a key out when Craig Marquie was barreling for home. 1-3 in G4 of the Michigan series. Dropped a sure foul ball out, but came back to post the game-winning RBI in G3 against Michigan. Started for the first time since Albright in G3 at Northwestern (0-2, 1 RBI, SF) and the first time behind the dish since Lewis-Clark State. Had a big weekend at the Desert Classic batting 7-14 with seven runs scored and four RBI. Hit a two run HR against Oral Roberts.

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CHAD EHRNSBERGER – %^$Has started at both second and third base. Tied school record for single game HR’s with 3 in G4 at Indiana. Batted .500 (7-14) with 3 R and 9 RBI for the series against the Hoosiers. 2-3 against Miami with 1 R and 1 RBI. Lackluster performance against the Nittany Lions with a 2-11 weekend at Penn State. Put together a 1-4 performance against West Virginia with a solo HR that brought the Bucks within 1 R. Played in three games at Purdue and went 1-3 with 2 RBI in G2. 1-3 against Dayton scoring once and batting in another run. 3-11 in the Illinois series. Stole one base against the Illini, but was also nabbed twice in three attempts. Started at both 3B and 2B against Michigan. 2-4 with 1 R and 1 RBI in G1 against Michigan, doubling twice. Posted a 2-4 performance in G1 at Northwestern. Went 3-5 with 2 2B, 6 RBI and 2 R against Albright. Hit first career HR against Washington State. Batted 2-3 with three RBI and one run scored against the Cougars.

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JUSTIN FRY – %^$A competitor. All-American that is effective throwing the fastball, slider and change-up. Recorded another complete game victory in G1 at Indiana with 6 K. Struck out 13 in G1 at Penn State in his third meeting with Nate Bump. Pitched 2.0 innings against Ashland, sitting down two Eagles. Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for 4/20. Went the distance in G1 at Purdue striking out 13 and allowing just 3 ER. Gave everything he had in G1 against the Illini, but couldn’t get much offensive support (9.0 IP and 10 SO in his battle with Brett Weber). Rocked the house in G1 against Michigan with 10 K and another complete game to his credit. Started to get the ball up in the zone midway through the game, but held on to finish. Was roughed up (4.1 IP, 14 H, 12 ER, 3 HR) in G1 at Northwestern, suffering his first loss of the season. Went the distance against Oral Roberts, Striking out 10 batters to move to 2-0 on the year. Struck out 14 against McNeese State at the Lake Area Classic. Had control problems against Duke, pitching 6.0 innings giving up seven hits, seven earned runs and four base on balls and did not factor in the decision. Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 1997.

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KURT FULLENKAMP – %^$Took the loss in G3 at Indiana as a starter, but came back to record the G4 win in relief. Suffered his first Big Ten loss since May 10 at Michigan when he pitched 6.0 innings and gave up 3 HR in G3 at Penn State. Pitched all 7.0 innings in G3 at Purdue and gave up just 3 ER even though he walked four batters. Picked up his fourth win of the season in G3 against Illinois to remain undefeated (5.0 IP, 3 SO). Pitched 4.2 innings of one-hit ball against the Wolverines, but did not factor in the G3 decision. Had a no-hitter going through four. Combined for a three-hit victory in G3 at Northwestern, pitching 4.0 innings. Walked four Wildcats. Pitched 2.1 innings in relief against Lewis-Clark State striking out three. Relieved Thompson against Louisiana Tech and pitched 3.2 innings giving up three hits and two earned runs while striking out four. Pitched 1.0 inning against NC State giving up 3 H and 2 ER.

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MARCELLO GAROFALO – %^$0-1 in G1 at Indiana as a pinch-hitter. Pinch hit against Miami and went 0-3. Was 0-2 against West Virginia. 1-1 with an RBI double against Ashland but was also thrown out at third on the same play. Started for the first time since Ft. Myers in the DH slot against Dayton and went 1-3 with 1 2B, 1 SF, 3 RBI and 1 R. First home run of the year came against Albright when he went 3-5 with 3 RBI. Came in for the injured Seimetz against Oral Roberts. Scored once against Florida State, batting 0-4 against the Seminoles.

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KEVIN GOODRUM – %^$Quite imposing on the mound and has some tools to work with. Came in for Fullenkamp in G3 at Indiana, pitching 4.2 innings while striking out three. Added relief against Miami, pitching 2.0 innings. Started against West Virginia, pitching 3.0 innings and giving up 4 ER. Did not factor in the decision. Pitched 5.0 innings against Dayton to record his second win as a Buckeye. Struck out five and walked two. Picked up his first career win in his first career start against Youngstown State.

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MIKE KREMBLAS – %^$Intense everyday. Beats to a different drum, and loudly. 2-4 in G1 at Indiana with 2 HR. 4-16 against the Hoosiers. 0-3 against Miami. 3-10 at Penn State, scoring twice and batting in another in G2 vs. the Nittany Lions. May have had the day off against West Virginia but was called to duty with the injury to Durant. 1-5 with 1 R and 1 RBI against the Mountaineers. Moved from DH to C against Ashland and went 1-3 with 1 R. 2-5 with 2 R in G1 at Purdue. Started at 2B in G3. Went 2-2 in G2 with 2 RBI and 1 R. Only Buckeye to hit safely in every game against the Fighting Illini (2-4, 1-3, 2-3, 1-2). Scored 3 R in the final game against Illinois and started at third base in G3. Scored once against Youngstown State while batting 1-3. Went 2-3 with one run scored in G3. 1-3 against the Wolverines in G1. Managed just one hit in five at bats against the Ohio Wesleyan. Scored four times with a 2-4 performance and 3 RBI in G2 at Northwestern, but also struck out five times against the Wildcats. Started at third base in G3 in Evanston. Went 2-4 with 3 RBI and 2 R against Oral Roberts. Batted .500 (6-12) at Disney with four RBI.

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ANDY LEE – %^$Hardcore and aggressive. G4 performance at Indiana was pitiful. Pitched 1.2 innings giving up 9 ER. Win No. 8 came against Miami with 5.0 IP of 2 H ball. Was slated to start G4 at Penn State but a monsoon swept through Happy Valley, halting play. Entered in relief against West Virginia and went 3.0 innings with 2 K. Pitched 8.0 innings in G4 at Purdue and picked up win No. 6. Struck out six Boilers and gave up 5 ER. Two-game losing streak snapped as he pitched 8.1 innings in game four against Illinois. Was touched by the Wolverines for 10 H and 10 ER. Lost for the first time in G4 at Northwestern in a tight game. Pitched 7.0 innings in the championship game against UNLV, striking out a career high eight batters. Hurled 7.0 innings against Iowa State, scattering 10 hits and two runs while striking out five. Started for the fourth time in his career against NC State and pitched 7.0 innings of one-hit, one-walk, zero-run ball against the Wolfpack, earning all-tournament honors.

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MIKE LOCKWOOD – %^$Both silky and smooth as he patrols center field. 8-18 on the weekend at Indiana with 4 HR, 9 RBI and 5 R. 2-5 with 1 R against Miami. 4-11 at Penn State with 3 R and 3 RBI. Posted a 2-3 day with 3 R and 1 SB against West Virginia. Batted 1-3 with 2 R and 1 RBI against Ashland. Compiled a 5-16 weekend with 6 R at Purdue. Homered in G1 and G3. 2-3 with 2 R and 2 RBI against Dayton after a rough conference weekend against Illinois. Bottled up by the Fighting Illini, posting a dismal 1-13 performance. Only hit was a double in the Bucks first at bat in G1. Took the first pitch of the Youngstown State game deep to right field for home run No. 8 on the year. Went 2-4 against the Penguins. Batted 3-4 with 2 R and 1 RBI and 1 2B in G4 last weekend. 2-4 with 1 R in G1 against UM. Big Ten Player of the Week for 3/24. Hit two HRs in the Buckeyes 9-8 loss at UNLV, including a two-run shot that brought the Buckeyes within two in the ninth. Went 3-5 at McNeese State scoring three times and tallying three RBI. Also homered in the ninth against the Cowboys. Went 8-14 (.571) in Florida, en route to earning all-tournament honors.

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TRENT McILVAIN – %^$Started every game at second base at Indiana putting together a 3-12 performance. Pinch-hit against Miami and recorded 1 H and 1 RBI in 2 AB. Entered G2 at Penn State as a pinch runner and scored. 1-4 against West Virginia with 1 R on the day. Put together a 3-3 day against Ashland with 1 RBI. Pinch-hit in G4 at Purdue and went 0-2. Carded in the starting second base slot against the Flyers and went 1-3. Started against Michigan in G4 and Ohio Wesleyan and went 0-2 and 0-3 respectively. First career start came against Albright where he went 3-5 with 3 R and 3 RBI.

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MATT MIDDLETON – %^$2-8 at Indiana with 1 R. Batted 3-5 with 3 R and 4 RBI against Miami, including a grand slam. 2-3 with 1 R and 2 RBI in G2 at Penn State. Played in every game at Purdue and went just 2-14 with 3 K. Pinch-hit against Dayton and went 0-1. Started three of four games at third base against Illinois and batted 2-9. Went 2-4 with 1 RBI in G4. Started against Youngstown State batting 2-3 with one run scored. Pinch-hit in G’s 3 & 4 against Michigan. Went 1-2 with one run scored. One of the Buckeyes only bright spots in the 9-7 loss to Louisiana Tech, batting .750 (3-4) with 2 RBI, 1 2B and 1 R. Went 3-12 in the opening weekend, scoring once.

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LOU SANTANGELO – %^$Pinch-hit in G2 against Illinois but did not reach base. Scored twice and went 3-9 at Northwestern. Batted 3-5 with 2 RBI and 3 R against Central Connecticut. Doubled and scored against the Bulldogs.

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DAN SEIMETZ – %^$Hits bombs. A record-breaker. Huge G4 at Indiana with a 5-7 day with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 5 R. Hit HR No. 12 against Miami in a 1-2 performance with 2 R. Batted .300 (3-10) at Penn State including a 2-3 day in G3. Cracked a 3 R HR against West Virginia to put the Buckeyes up for good. 2-5 against the Mountaineers with 1 R and 4 RBI. 1-3 against Ashland. Earned a B10 PoW nomination with a 7-16 weekend at Purdue. Scored at least 1 R in all four games and went 2-4 with 2 R and 2 RBI in G3. Posted 3 2B on the weekend. Walked three times by the Flyers, but also cracked HR No. 10 of 1998. 4-13 in the Illinois series with 2 HR. Went 2-3 with 2 R and 1 RBI in G4.

Smacked the game-winning home run in G3, which was literally a rocket, clearing the scoreboard in right center by 50-feet. Scored once in a 2-5 performance against Youngstown State. 1-3 in G’s 2, 3 & 4 against Michigan. Scored once and walked twice in G1 against Michigan. Put together a 6-16 performance at Northwestern in which he scored five times and homered twice (G’s 3&4). One of his homers would have hit Welsh Ryan Arena had it not been for the gusting winds of Evanston. Reentered the lineup in Ft. Myers, batting 10-17 at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic after missing five games due to arthroscopic surgery. Went 6-14 at the Lake Area Classic. Scored three runs and recorded three RBI against Iowa State, including a two-run shot (the record breaker) in the seventh. Batted .429 (6-14) with four RBI and was named to the all-tournament team at the ACC/Disney Baseball Blast. 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year. One of the most prolific offensive players ever at OSU.

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MIKE STAFFORD – %^$The bulldog of the pitching staff that will bow-wow against anyone. Creepy sidearm delivery that gives batters fits. Provided relief in G’s 2 & 4 at Indiana. Pitched 1.0 innings against Miami. Relieved Thompson in G2 at Penn State, earning his 4th win of the year. Pitched 2.0 innings in relief against West Virginia and walked two Mountaineers. Came in to close against Ashland, but gave up a bomb but held on for the win. Pitched 1.0 innings in G4 striking out one of three batters faced. Fifth save of the year came against Dayton, tying him for third on the all-time list.

Closed the door for Lee in G4 against the Illini for save No. 4. Entered the game in the sixth in G3 and recorded his third save of the year. Picked up the G3 win against UM after 2.1 innings in relief. Sweet double play in G3 when he snagged a line drive and tossed to first. Came in Tuesday to bail out Vogelmeier and was knocked for 3 H, 3 R and 3 ER. String of innings pitched with no ER was snapped at Northwestern. Earned save in G3 after relieving Fullenkamp. Pitched 5.1 innings in relief for first win of the year against Central Connecticut State. Made two appearances at the Desert Classic. Made two appearances at the Desert Classic. Relieved Lee in the 18-1 demolition of UNLV and came in for Fullenkamp against Lewis-Clark State.

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ERIC THOMPSON – %^$No. 2, but just as good as an ace. Struck out 10 in G2 at Indiana, but took the loss giving up 2 ER. 1.0 IP against Miami. Terrible outing in G2 at Penn State, relinquishing 9 ER in 4.1 IP. Was never in control. Pitched 1.0 innings against West Virginia, striking out one. Complete game No. 5 of the year came in G2 at Purdue when he struck out eight and allowed just 1 ER. Saddled with the loss in G2 against Illinois, but like Fry, went the distance and did not have the supporting cast to win the ball game. Only mistakes came in the first inning which ended up costing him the game. Snagged a two-hit CG win in G2 that gave him a B10 PoW nomination. Hurled a CG three-hitter in G2 at Northwestern (1 ER, 3 SO). Struck out eight against Canisius. Pitched 9.0 innings against Washington State, scattering 11 hits and recording seven strikeouts. Struggled against Louisiana Tech, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up 8 H and 7 R, five of them earned. Struck out a career high 12 in 6.1 IP against Florida State.

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JASON TROTT – %^$Seeing the ball very clearly to say the least. Batted 10-17 at Indiana with 4 RBI, 1 HR and 6 R. 1-3 with 1 HR, 3 R and 3 RBI against Miami. Leads B10 in batting (.524) and went 7-11 at Penn State. Homered in G2. 2-5 against West Virginia. Knocked in the game-winning run against Ashland with 1 R and 1 RBI. 7-13 at Purdue with 5 R and 7 RBI. Homered in G4. Earned his second conference PoW nomination for an 8-18 performance against Illinois. 4-5 in G4 against the Illini with 2 R and 3 RBI. 2-2 in G2 and scored OSU’s only run in G1. Hit his first two home runs of the year against Youngstown State while posting 5 RBI. 2-3 with 1 R and 1 RBI in G1 against the Wolverines and also batted 2-4 in G4. 11-game hitting streak snapped against Ohio Wesleyan. 8-13 at Northwestern earning a B10 PoW nomination. Marvelous in G2 against the Wildcats (4-4, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B). Went 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 R against UNLV. Batted .400 (4-10) at the Lake Area Classic. Produced a 5-15 (.333) effort at the ACC Baseball Blast.

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JASON TURNER – %^$Batted 1-6 at Indiana scoring once in G1. 1-2 against Miami with 1 R and 1 RBI. Had some offensive problems with a 1-8 performance at Penn State. Careened off the wall down the right sideline when he stretched out for a foul ball against Ashland but wasn’t injured. 0-1 against the Eagles. Went 2-3 in G2 and 3-5 in G4 at Purdue and homered in G4. 0-4 in G4 vs. Illinois. 1-2 against the Illini in G1. Had a 10-game hitting streak snapped against the Wolverines. Batted 3-5 last against Ohio Wesleyan with a 2B and an RBI. 4-9 at Northwestern with 1 HR and 2 R. 3-10 at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. Had a huge performance against UNLV, batting 3-4 with 1 2B, one HR, six RBI and three R.

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PHIL VOGELMEIER – %^$Big, strong and can throw it by you. Faced a situation against Ohio Wesleyan, walking all three batters he faced before being pulled, taking his first loss of the year. Added relief at Northwestern in G4 (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO). Pitched 3.2 innings against Central Connecticut. Started against Lewis-Clark State, pitching 5