Oct. 14, 1999
Game 3 box scores
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Game three of the Scarlet and Gray World Series featured a pitchers dual between Scarlet’s Brandon Steen (So., Hendersonville, Tenn.) and Gray’s Kevin Goodrum (Jr., Mentor, Ohio). Both pitchers went eight innings, but Steen yielded only two runs to lead the Scarlet over the Gray, 3-2, in Bill Davis Stadium. The Scarlet now has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Scarlet and Gray World Series.
The Gray took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rob Boling (Fr., Hamilton, Ohio) reached base on an infield single. He advanced to third base on a double by All-American Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio). Boling then scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Doug Dendinger (Greenwich, Ohio).
The Scarlet tied the contest in the bottom of the second inning. Nick Swisher (Fr., Parkersburg, W. Va.) led off with an infield single. One batter later, he advanced to third on a single by Lance Rolston (Athens, Ohio). Trevor Vaught (Jr., Canton, Ohio) drove home Swisher when he reached base on a fielder’s choice to the second baseman.
In the next inning, the Scarlet took a 2-1 lead. Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio) led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, Swisher singled to bring home McIlvain and give Scarlet the lead.
But the Gray refused to go away quietly. In the top of the fifth inning, Joe Wilkins (So., Commercial Point, Ohio) was hit by a Steen pitch. Two batters later, Doug Deeds (Bexley, Ohio), drove home Wilkins on a ground out to the second baseman.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh inning. Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) led off with a double to centerfield. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by McIlvain. Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) drove home the eventual game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Goodrum was charged with the loss. He went the distance, gave up three runs off six hits and recorded five strikeouts.
In the top of the ninth, Scarlet’s Cory Cox (Jr., Cillicothe, Ohio) slammed the door on the Gray. Cox earned the first save of the series by striking out a pair and giving up just one hit.
Tomorrow, game four of the Scarlet and Gray World Series begins at 3 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.