April 23, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first-place Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 4-0 on Friday night behind a brilliant pitching performance by Justin Fry (Sr., Munhall, PA). The 16th-ranked Buckeyes won for the 22nd time in their last 23 games to improve their record to 29-7 (12-1). The Nittany Lions dropped to 23-15 (5-7).
Frys win was the 31st of his career making him the winningest pitcher in Ohio State history. The senior pitched 8.1 innings allowing just six hits and striking out nine. Fry started the game with 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball, retiring 12 in a row at one point. The win runs his season record to 6-1 (3-0).
The Buckeyes wasted no time jumping out in front of the Nittany Lions with a run in the bottom of the first. Tom Durant (Sr., Columbus) got things started with his13th double of the season. Jason Trott (Sr., Dublin, OH) knocked in OSUs first run of the game with a single to center. The hit extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Fry kept the Nittany Lions off balance in the third inning, striking out all three hitters he faced.
Back-to-back singles by Matt Middleton (Sr., Conover, OH) and John Mayor (So., Chesterfield, MO) put Buckeyes at first and third to start the home half of the fifth. Trent Mcllvain (So., Louisville, OH) then grounded into a double play which scored Middleton and put OSU up 2-0.
A two-out hit put the Buckeyes up by three after six innings. Chad Ehrnsberger (So., Kalida, OH) and Jason Turner (Jr., Versailles, OH) walked to set up Jason Driscolls (Jr., Middlefield, OH) RBI single which sent Ehrnsberger across the plate.
OSU extended its lead in the eighth with three consecutive singles leading to a run. Durant started off the inning with a single to left. Trott followed with his second single of the game. Ehrnsberger then drilled a single to right and knocked in Durant for the Buckeyes final run. Cory Cox (So., Chillicothe, OH) recorded the final two outs of the game to pick up his sixth save of the year.
The Buckeyes next play on Saturday in a double header against Penn State with the first game starting at 4:05 p.m.