May 2, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team completed a four-game sweep of the Purdue Boilermakers with its 3-2 win in the series finale Sunday. The Buckeyes have now won 17 consecutive games and improve to 38-7 overall and 19-1 in the Big Ten. Purdue drops to 20-26 and 7-13 in the Big Ten.
Kurt Fullenkamp notched his third win for the season and Cory Cox recorded his eighth save for the Buckeye win.
Purdue struck first when leadoff man Chris Walker tripled to right and scored on a sacrifice fly by Darryl Hallada in the top of the first inning.
The Boilermakers scored another run in the top of the second. Nate Sickler was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a double by Todd Ellinger. Sickler scored when David Blomberg grounded to the right side of the infield.
OSU got a run back in the bottom of the third when Trent McIlvain homered to left field. It marked McIlvains third home run of the season.
Purdue starter Jeremy Ballard experienced some control problems in the sixth, allowing OSU to tie the game. Jason Trott started things by being hit by a pitch. Chad Ehrnsberger and Jason Turner then drew walks, loading the bases. Jason Driscoll then hit a slow ground ball to third base, allowing Trott to score easily. After six, the score was tied 2-2.
Ohio State starter Kurt Fullenkamp settled down after allowing two runs in the first two innings. Fullenkamp retired 12 straight Purdue batters starting in the third inning. No Boilermaker batter reached second base in innings four through seven.
Ohio State took the lead in the seventh. Trent McIlvain reached on an error by the second baseman with one out. OSU then executed a beautiful hit and run, as Mike Lockwood grounded the ball through the hole on the left side created when Purdue shortstop David Bloomberg left to cover second base as McIlvain was off with the pitch. McIlvain advanced to third on the single, and later scored as Tom Durant lifted a fly ball to center field for the sacrifice fly. After seven innings of play, OSU led 3-2.
Fullenkamp left the game after pitching seven and one-third innings and one of his best outings of the year. The Minster, Ohio native allowed just two earned runs and five hits while striking out four.