May 1, 1998
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It took less than 15 seconds for Ohio State to set the tone for game one of the Indiana series as the Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers 12-4 on the strength of two home runs apiece by Mike Lockwood (So., Powell, Ohio) and Mike Kremblas (Sr., Carroll, Ohio). Justin Fry (Jr., Munhall, Pa.) picked up his seventh win of the season, hurling a complete game five-hitter with six strikeouts.
The crowd had no sooner settled into the Sembower Field bleachers when Lockwood took Kyle Boyd’s first pitch out of the park to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Boyd retired the next three batters in order, but not before OSU gained an all-important advantage in the opening stanza. Jason Trott (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) led off the Buckeye second with a single to right center field and moved to third when Matt Middleton (Jr., Conover, Ohio) pulled a single down the right field line. Chad Ehrnsberger (Fr., Kalida, Ohio) grounded out to third to score Trott and Middleton came home when Jason Turner (So., Versailles, Ohio) singled to right.
Lockwood stepped to the plate with two out, saw his second pitch of the day and recorded his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to right field which gave OSU a 5-0 lead. The Buckeyes added two runs in the third to increase their lead to 7-0. Trott led off the inning again with a single and scored from first when Ehrnsberger doubled down the left field line. Trent McIlvain (Fr., Louisville, Ohio) reached on an infield single that moved Ehrnsberger to third who scored on Lockwood’s third hit of the day. McIlvain tried scoring from third on a wild pitch but was thrown out to end the inning. With a three-run fourth, Ohio State took a commanding 10-0 lead as Boyd gave way to David Ferris who also could not keep the Buckeyes off the bases. Mark Carek (Sr., Bowling Green, Ohio) reached with a leadoff walk and moved to second on a fielder’s choice.
Kremblas than earned a free pass and Trott singled to left to bring in Carek and both he and Kremblas scored when Ehrnsberger lined a hit to left field. Indiana finally put a dent in the scoring column in the bottom of the fourth when first baseman Roger Rodeheaver crushed a two-run home run to move the score to 7-2. Designated hitter Dan Haegele scored on the play after walking. Kremblas tacked on another run in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run to center field. Indiana’s Brandt Childs gave the Hoosiers a third run in the bottom half of the inning when he homered to left center field.
In the Hoosier seventh, Frank O’Connell scored on a fielder’s choice after doubling to lead off the inning. For the Buckeyes, with one out in the top of the eighth, Kremblas homered to center field again to boost OSU’s lead to 12-4.
The Buckeyes (31-11, 14-6) and Hoosiers (26-23, 11-10) will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m.