Oct. 11, 1999
Game 1 Box Scores
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Scarlet Buckeyes used a five-run fourth inning and a magnificent pitching performance from E.J. Laratta (So., Englewood, Colo.) to take game one of the Scarlet and Gray World Series, 8-5, in Bill Davis Stadium.
Laratta (1-0), the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a 1999 Freshman All-American, gave up three hits and one run in seven innings of work. Laratta’s only mistake of the afternoon was a first- inning home run to All-American Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio).
With Ehrnsberger’s home run, Gray held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning. But the Scarlet bats began to show some life. Joe Palazzo (So., Tucson, Ariz.) and Nick Swisher (Fr., Parkersburg, W. Va.) led off with back-to-back singles off Gray starting pitcher Nate Smith (So., Bryan, Ohio). Two batters later, Trevor Vaught (Jr., Canton, Ohio) walked to load the bases for Chris Alvord (Jr., Mentor, Ohio). Alvord walked to score Palazzo and tie the game at one. Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) kept the rally going with a two-run single. Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio) followed a two-run double to give Scarlet a 5-1 lead.
Scarlet added another run in the fifth inning off a Swisher home run over the right field wall.
In the sixth inning, Palazzo drove in a pair of runs off a two-run double, giving Scarlet a decisive 8-1 lead.
Gray mounted a mini-rally in the top of the eighth inning. Ted Kalnins (So., Burlington, Ontario), pitching in relief for Scarlet, entered the game and immediately gave up three consecutive walks. Rob Boling (Fr., Hamilton, Ohio) hit a sacrifice fly to score Doug Larason (Fr., Alexandria, Ohio). Ehrnsberger continued to swing the bat well with a two-run double to clear the bases, bringing the score to 8-5.
Tomorrow, game two of the Scarlet and Gray World Series begins at 3 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.