May 14, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 10-2 Friday night. Combined with Michigan State’s 5-3 victory over Minnesota, OSU claims the Big Ten regular season title for the 13th time in school history and sixth time in the ’90s. The Buckeyes remain undefeated at home on the year (21-0) and improve to 44-9 (23-2 Big Ten) on the season. Indiana dropped to 36-15 (13-12).
Justin Fry (Sr., Munhall, Pa.) went the distance to pick up the win by scattering nine hits, allowing two runs and striking out eight. The Buckeyes’ career wins leader improved his record to 9-1 (6-0 Big Ten) on the season.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead on a three-run home run by Trent McIlvain (So., Louisville, Ohio) in the bottom of the second. Matt Middleton (Sr., Conover, Ohio) led off the inning with a single to right. John Mayor (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) followed with a walk. McIlvain then drilled his fourth home run of the season over the left field wall.
The Hoosiers scored their first run of the game in the top of the third. Sam Incandela started off the inning with a single. Blake St. Clair then doubled to knock in Incandela and cut the Buckeye lead to 3-1.
Indiana added another run in the sixth inning. Dan Haegele singled to lead off the inning. Doug DeVore followed with a double. Two batters later Brandt Childs walked to load the bases. Jason Williams then made the score 3-2 with a sacrifice fly.
Ohio State extended its lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Lockwood (Jr., Powell, Ohio) singled to start things off. Following a walk to Jason Trott (Sr., Dublin, Ohio), Chad Ehrnsberger (So., Kalida, Ohio) doubled into the left-centerfield gap to score both runners. Jason Turner (Jr., Versailles, Ohio) singled Ehrnsberger home for the Buckeyes’ third run of the inning.
The Buckeyes added four more runs in the seventh to go ahead 10-2. McIlvain’s one out double started the attack. After a Lockwood single, Tom Durant (Sr., Columbus, Ohio), who earlier singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, hit a sacrifice fly to score Ohio State’s first run of the inning. Trott hit his second double of the game to score Lockwood and Ehrnsberger nailed his 12th home run of the season, a two-run blast well over the wall in left field.
Ohio State will play Indiana in a doubleheader Saturday with the first game starting at 4:05 p.m.