May 9, 1999
The Ohio State baseball team continued its march toward a Big Ten Championship Sunday afternoon with an 11-4 trouncing of Michigan State at Oldsmobile Park. The Buckeyes took three-of-four from the Spartans this weekend and continued to hold a comfortable lead on first place in the Big Ten standings.
Ohio State improves to 43-8 overall and 22-2 in the conference. Michigan State falls to 25-23 overall and 8-15 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have now won 36 of their last 38 games.
At the conclusion of the OSU-MSU game, Minnesota had a 7-0 lead over Northwestern in the first game of a doubleheader. If the Gophers drop one game of the twinbill Sunday, OSU will have clinched at least share of the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes can clinch the title outright next weekend when they host Indiana at home.
Starting pitcher Kurt Fullenkamp was impressive for Ohio State, going eight innings and allowing only two runs. He struck out seven, and at one point retired eight straight. Fullenkamp improves to 4-0 with the win.
OSU jumped on MSU early. Mike Lockwood led off the game with a walk. One out later, Jason Trott was hit by a pitch. Chad Ehrnsberger then delivered a run scoring single, scoring Lockwood and advancing Trott to third. Jason Turner then smacked a sizzling ground ball down the first base line for a stand-up double, driving in Trott and Ehrnsberger. After a half inning, OSU led 3-0.
The Buckeyes put together a two-out rally in the third. Jason Turner started things with a walk, and Jason Driscoll followed with a single. Matt Middleton then drew walk to load the bases. Mike Check, making his first career Big Ten start, then delivered a ground ball single up the middle, scoring Turner and Driscoll. OSU then got some help from MSU third baseman Troy Bergman. Trent McIlvain slapped a sharp ground ball that went off Bergmans glove and into leftfield, allowing Middleton to score. After two and a half innings, OSU led 6-0. Ohio State scored again in the sixth. With one out, Mike Lockwood drew a walk. Tom Durant then singled sharply to left before Jason Trott hit a towering double to the opposite field, scoring Lockwood and Durant. Chad Ehrnsberger stepped in next for OSU and hit the first pitch he faced into center for a single, scoring Trott from second. After six, OSU led 9-0.
Matt Middleton extended Ohio States lead to 11-0 with a two-run home run to right in the seventh, his second of the series. The shot scored Jason Driscoll, who had reached on a walk to start the inning.
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