May 7, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State produced five runs on just three hits en route to a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh at Bill Davis Stadium Thursday night. The game was scheduled to be a doubleheader, but a one hour, thirty-seven minute rain delay forced the two teams to play one nine inning game. Ohio State, ranked No. 23 in the nation, improved to 34-13 with the win. Pittsburgh falls to 12-26-1 on the year.
Pittsburgh starter Chris Gallick did not surrender a hit to the first nine batters he faced, but Buckeye centerfielder Mike Lockwood (So., Powell, Ohio) broke that streak with an opposite field homerun in the third, his 18th of the season. Lockwood now stands just one homerun away from tying the OSU single-season record for dingers, 19, held by current Buckeye Dan Seimetz (Sr., Massillon, Ohio).
Cory Cox (Fr., Chillicothe, Ohio) started the game for Ohio State, Kurt Fullenkamp (Jr., Minster, Ohio) took over in the third, and Andy Lee (Jr., West Chester, Ohio) stepped to the mound in the fifth. The OSU hurlers bent, but would not break. Pittsburgh advanced a runner to second base in each of the first five frames, but could not push a runner across. Through six innings, Pittsburgh was outhitting the Buckeyes 5-1, but OSU led 1-0.
Ohio State’s offensive drought ended in the seventh however, with Lockwood again providing the devastating blow – this time a bases-loaded, base clearing double to give the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. Lockwood ended the day 2-4 with a four runs batted in. Pittsburgh got on the board in the eighth when Bill Brown doubled home Louis Melucci. Jason Oliver then singled, scoring Melucci. Mike Stafford (Sr., Canton, Mich.) came on to pitch the ninth, surrendering one run but picking up his sixth save of the year.
Jason Trott (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) extended his hitting streak to sixteen games with an eighth inning single.
Ohio State will now battle Michigan State in a four game series this weekend. The opening game is slated for Saturday night at 6:35 p.m.