May 21, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 10-1 on Friday in an elimination game of the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State became just the third top-seeded team to be eliminated after two games in the 19-year history of the tournament. Minnesota improved to 42-15 on the season and Ohio State fell to 46-12.
Jason Kennedy hit three home runs to lead the Gophers offense. The freshman went 4-5 on the day with seven RBI and three runs scored.
Chadd Clarey pitched his second complete game of the season to get the win. Clarey allowed just six hits and one earned run on the day.
Minnesota notched the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Ohio State pitcher Andy Lee retired the first two batters of the inning, but three-consecutive singles by Robb Quinlan, Aron Amundson and Josh Holthaus gave the Gophers an early 1-0 lead.
Ohio State came back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Mike Lockwood led off the inning with a single. Tom Durant followed with his 18th double of the season, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Jason Trott then grounded out to the right side to knock in the tying run.
The Gophers struck again in the second with a two-run home run to take a 3-1 lead. Jack Hannahan singled, but was forced out at second as Mike Arlt reached on a fielders choice. Kennedy then drove his sixth home run of the season over the left field wall to give Minnesota the lead.
Kennedy went deep for the second time in the game and seventh time on the season to lead off the fourth inning and give Minnesota a 4-1 lead.
Minnesota added another run to its lead in the sixth. Matt Scanlons two-out single started things off. Scanlon scored when Lockwood dropped Quinlans fly ball to center field making it 5-1 Minnesota.
Kennedy struck for the third time in the seventh inning, this time with a three-run shot over the right field fence. Holthaus led the inning off with a single. Hannahan walked two batters later to put runners on first and second. Kennedy then lifted his eighth home run of the season over the fence to give the Gophers an 8-1 lead. Amundson hit his 12th home run of the season in the eighth inning to give Minnesota a 9-1 advantage.
Kennedy drove in his seventh run of the game in the ninth. Following a double by Arlt, Kennedy doubled to make the score 10-1.
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