April 11, 1999
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team scored 11 runs in the first four innings en route to a 13-10 win over Michigan Sunday afternoon. The win, earned in cold, wet, overcast conditions, ups OSU’s record to 22-7 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan falls to 18-16 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten. Ohio State took three of the four game series against UM this weekend and stands in first place in the conference.
Ohio State struck first just three batters into the game. Tom Durant drew a walk for OSU before No. 3 hitter Jason Trott slammed his second home run of the year – a towering shot that landed on the roof of the indoor track building beyond the right field fence. After one, OSU led 2-0.
Trent McIlvain, hitting in the ninth spot, cushioned the lead in the second with a line drive home run to left field. The blast drove in Matt Middleton, who had reached on a one out single two batters earlier.
Rob Bobeda put Michigan on the board in the bottom of the second with a home run to right center field. After two, the Buckeyes led 4-1.
Ohio State loaded the bases in the third when Jason Trott singled, Chad Ehrnsberger drew a walk, and Jason Turner beat out an infield single. Jason Driscoll then stepped to the plate and laced a three run triple to the gap in right-center. Driscoll tagged up and scored when Middleton lifted a long fly ball to foul territory in left field that the Michigan leftfielder elected to catch. After three and a half, OSU led 8-1.
Michigan scored its second run in its half of the third when Bobby Scales singled home Scott Tousa. OSU starter E.J. Laratta pitched himself out of trouble in that inning, though. The Wolverines had the bases loaded with only one out, but Larrata got Brian Bush to line out to shortstop and Mike Seestedt to ground out to third base.
OSU scored again in the fourth when a Mike Durant triple scored Mike Lockwood, who had singled up the middle earlier. Durant scored on a Jason Trott bouncing single up the middle, and Trott scored on a triple off the wall by Jason Turner. After four, OSU held a commanding 11-2 lead.
OSU scored for the fifth consecutive inning in its half of the fifth when a Tom Durant bloop single scored John Mayor, who had singled with one out in the inning.
Michigan got six back in the fifth. Cervenak singled to left, and Dan Sanborn followed with a walk. Brian Bush then ripped a triple to right-center, scoring two. Brian Besco then drew a walk, and Rob Bobeda followed with a run scoring single. David Parrish then homered to left, scoring Bobeda and Besco and making UM within four, 12-8. Kevin Goodrum then came in to pitch for OSU, relieving Laratta, and got Scott Tousa to fly out to left field. Michigan scored six runs in the inning – all of which came with two out.
OSU extended its lead in the seventh when Trent McIlvain and Mike Lockwood led off the inning with back-to-back doubles.
Goodrum was effective for OSU in relief, retiring the first five batters he faced. Brian Bush touched up Goodrum in the seventh, however, for a long home run to left field. Goodrum retired two of the next three Wolverines, however, and after seven OSU led 13-9.
Michigan scored its 10th run of the game in the eighth as Cervenak drove in Scales, who earlier had singled, with a sacrifice fly to center. Cory Cox then came on in relief of Goodrum for OSU and struck out Jay Dines to end the eighth inning.