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May 15, 1999

%^$Game 1 Box Score
%^$Game 2 Box Score%^$

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Champion Ohio State baseball team swept a doubleheader from Indiana Saturday afternoon in Bill Davis Stadium with 7-3 and 7-0 wins. OSU is now a perfect 23-0 at home this season.%^$

%^$OSU improves to 46-9 overall and 25-2 in the Big Ten. Indiana falls to 36-17 overall and 13-14 in the Big Ten.%^$

%^$Ohio State 7, Indiana 3%^$

%^$Ohio State starting pitcher Andy Lee tossed his third consecutive complete game and Ohio State blasted two home runs as the Buckeyes rolled to a 7-3 win over Indiana in the first game of a doubeheader Saturday. %^$

%^$Mike Lockwood went 3-4 with three RBI and Chad Ehrnsberger hit a two-run homer, his 13th of the year, to lead Ohio State offensively. Marcello Garofalo also went deep for Ohio State. Lee, who improves to a perfect 8-0 with the win, scattered eight hits over seven innings and struck out eight. He now has 21 strikeouts in his last 21 innings of work.%^$

%^$OSU went deep for two runs in the first inning. After Mike Lockwood singled to start the inning and advanced to third after a pair of groundouts, Chad Ehrnsberger drilled his 13th home run of the year to left center field. After one, OSU led 2-0.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes manufactured another run in the second. Trent McIlvain drew a one-out walk, and Matt Middleton chopped a double over the first basemans head, advancing McIlvain to third. Chris Alvord then hit a long fly ball to center field, allowing McIlvain to tag and score easily. After two, OSU led 3-0.%^$

%^$Indiana got a run in the third on three singles. Doug DeVore drove in Benji Clause from second with a single that dribbled between first and second base.%^$

%^$Marcello Garofalo hit his third home run of the year to lead off the fourth. Two outs later, Chris Alvord reached on an error by the second baseman, then scored when Mike Lockwood tripled down the right field line. After four, OSU led 5-1.%^$

%^$Indiana got two back in its half of the fifth. Eric Blakely led things off with a single and scored when Clause doubled off the left field wall. Blake St. Clair then singled to left, scoring Clause. The Hoosiers proceeded to load the bases with one out, but starting pitcher Andy Lee struck out two Indiana batters to end the inning with three runners left on base. After five and a half innings, OSU led 5-3.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes picked up two big runs in the sixth. Garofalo drew a walk to lead off the inning. Trent McIlvain got on board with a bunt single. Two outs later, Mike Lockwood doubled down the right field line, scoring a pair of runs. After six, OSU led 7-3.%^$

%^$Game Two – Ohio State 7, Indiana 0%^$

%^$OSU starter E.J. Laratta tossed a complete game shutout as Ohio State rolled to a 7-0 victory in game two of a doubleheader against Indiana in Bill Davis Stadium Saturday afternoon.%^$

%^$Laratta struck out six and allowed only seven hits in improving to 9-2 on the year.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes staged a two-out rally to score in their half of the second. Mike Check singled up the middle with two down, and Lockwood was promptly hit by a pitch. Tom Durant then walked to load the bases. Jason Trott, bidding to win his third consecutive batting title, then knocked an opposite field single, scoring Check and Lockwood. After two, OSU led 2-0.%^$

%^$OSU scored again in the third. Jason Turner led off with a single, and Jason Driscoll followed with a bouncing single through the left side. Matt Middleton then doubled to the wall in right-center, scoring both Turner and Driscoll. Local product Joe Wilkins was hit by a pitch, and Mike Check followed by reaching on an error by the pitcher to load the bases. Mike Lockwood then grounded into a double play, forcing home Middleton. After three, OSU led 5-0.%^$

%^$Ohio State scored again in the bottom of the fifth. Middleton led off with an opposite field double, and advanced to third on a Joe Wilkins groundout. Mike Check walked before Mike Lockwood lifted a fly ball to left field, allowing Middleton to tag and score easily. Tom Durant kept the rally alive with an infield single, advancing Check to third. Jason Trott then collected his third hit of the day, a single allowing Check to score. After five innings, the Buckeyes held a commanding 7-0 lead.%^$

%^$OSU starter E.J. Laratta settled down after allowing two hits in the first inning. He faced four or less batters in the first, third, fourth, and sixth innings in collecting his fourth shutout of the season. He has not allowed an earned run at home in 26 consecutive innings. %^$