April 8, 2000
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Even with the frigid conditions at Siebert Field, the Ohio State bats stayed hot with seven runs on 11 hits to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 7-3 and sweep both games of a doubleheader (OSU won game one, 6-3). With the win, the Buckeyes (21-9 overall, 4-2 in the Big Ten) now have a 2-0 lead in the four-game series against the Golden Gophers (17-13 overall, 4-2 in the Big Ten) and increase their winning streak to four games.
“Obviously we are extremely happy to come out of here with two wins today,” head coach Bob Todd said. “Minnesota is a good ballclub and a team that we respect a lot. This is a tough place to play and I’m proud that our guys didn’t use the cold weather as an excuse. Tomorrow will be an even bigger test for us.”
In the top of the second inning, OSU took an early 3-0 lead. Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) and Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) led off with back-to-back singles. Marcello Garofalo (Sr., Worthington, Ohio) then gave OSU the first lead of the ballgame with a sharp single to leftfield to score Turner. Three batters later, Driscoll scored on a Chris Alvord (Jr., Mentor, Ohio) fielder’s choice grounder. On the play, Minnesota second baseman Scott Howard over threw first baseman Josh Holthaus to also allow Garofalo to score and give OSU its third run of the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Minnesota cut the OSU lead to 3-1. Holthaus led off with a walk and later scored on a single by Jack Hannahan.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Gophers added another run to cut the OSU lead to 3-2. Scott Howard doubled and later scored on a single by Holthaus. In the top of the fourth inning, Garofalo took a 1-0 offering from Minnesota starting pitcher C.J. Woodrow over the leftfield wall for his third home run in the last two games. The hit parade continued with Joe Wilkins (So., Grove City, Ohio) singling to centerfield and later scoring on a single by Mike Check (Jr., Bay Village, Ohio). John Mayor (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) followed with yet another single to rightfield and then scored on an opposite field double by Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio) to give OSU its fourth run of the inning and a 7-2 lead.
Minnesota added the final run of the game in the seventh inning on a RBI single by Holthaus.
OSU starting pitcher Kevin Goodrum (Jr., Mentor, Ohio) improved to 4-2 on the year. The big lefty threw 119 pitches, went 6.2 innings, gave up three runs, and struck out eight. Stopper Cory Cox (Jr., Chillicothe, Ohio) recorded the final out of the game to earn his fifth save of the sesaon. Woodrow took the loss and saw his record drop to 1-1. He went 3.2 innings, gave up nine hits, seven runs (six earned) and struck out four.
Tomorrow, the two teams close the four-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.