May 7, 1999
LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team used a convincing 34-4 win over Michigan State at Oldsmobile Park to run its current winning streak to 20 games, tying a school record for consecutive wins held by the 1994 team. It marked the highest offensive output of the season for the Buckeyes, who smacked 29 hits and nine home runs. Ohio State will attempt to break the school record for consecutive wins Saturday at 4 p.m. when the Spartans and Buckeyes begin a doubleheader.
OSU improves to 41-7 overall and 20-1 in the Big Ten. MSU falls to 24-21 overall and 7-13 in the conference.
Matt Middleton hit for the cycle for Ohio State and drove in seven runs. Mike Lockwood also went 5-7 and drove in three runs in the game. OSU scored at least one run in every inning except the second. Jason Turner went 3-5 with a home run and seven RBI. Ohio State had 20 extra base hits in the game.
Ohio State starter Justin Fry settled down after allowing the Spartans to score one run in each of the first two innings. Fry went seven innings and allowed just four wins, striking out seven in earning his eighth win of the year.
Ohio State struck first in top in the first inning. Mike Lockwood led off the game with a single and Jason Trott walked. Chad Ehrnsberger then singled to load the bases. Rightfielder Jason Turner lifted a deep fly ball to center, allowing Lockwood to tag and score from third. Jason Driscoll then delivered a two-out double down the left field line, scoring Trott. Matt Middleton stepped in next for OSU, and after fouling off several pitches with two strikes, slapped a two-run single into right, scoring Ehrnsberger and Driscoll. After a half inning, OSU led 4-0.
Michigan State scored in its half of the first when Carlos Fernandez and Mike Pisani smack back-to-back doubles off the wall with one out.
The Spartans scored again in the second with two outs. Troy Bergman lined a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch by OSU starter Justin Fry. Kevin Crews then blooped a single to right, scoring Bergman. After two, OSU led 4-2.
The Buckeyes scored three more in the third. Jason Driscoll got things rolling with a home run to left, his fourth dinger of the year. Matt Middleton proceeded to triple off the center field wall, and scored when Trent McIlvain laced an opposite field single to right. McIlvain stole second, and scored when Mike Lockwood singled to right. After two and a half innings, Ohio State led 7-2.
Ohio State exploded offensively in the fourth. Jason Trott singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Clean-up hitter Chad Ehrnsberger then lifted a fly ball to deep center, allowing Trott to score easily on the sacrifice. Ohio State was not done, however. Jason Turner hit a towering home run off the center field scoreboard, his sixth long ball of the year. Jason Driscoll followed with his third hit of the day, an infield single. Matt Middleton then ripped a double down the right field line, advancing Driscoll to third. Designated hitter John Mayor then knocked his first home run of the year, a no-doubter to left that scored Middleton and Driscoll.
MSU scored again in the fourth. Joe Albaugh led things off with a single and, after advancing to second on a wild pitch, scored on a single by Troy Bergman. Kevin Crews then singled. Leadoff hitter Mike Wagner followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Bergman.
Ohio State scored for the fourth consecutive inning in the fifth. Jason Trott led off with a double, and two wild pitches later crossed the plate easily. Jason Turner and Jason Driscoll drew back-to-back walks and scored when third baseman Matt Middleton knocked his third extra-base hit of the day, a screaming double down the right field line driving in two. After four and a half innings, Ohio State held a commanding 15-4 lead.
Jason Turner struck again in the sixth, launching a two-run double off the center field wall, scoring Tom Durant and Jason Trott. Matt Middleton then collected his fifth hit and fifth RBI of the game with a single to center, scoring Turner. After five and a half innings, OSU led 18-4.
OSU hit three home runs in the seventh inning, scoring five more runs. Mike Lockwood and Tom Durant knocked back-to-back solo shots with one out. After Chad Ehrnsberger and Jason Turner drew walks, freshman pinch-hitter Doug Dendinger slammed the first home run of his career to right field. After six and a half innings, Ohio State led 23-4.
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