May 1, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first-place Ohio State Buckeyes swept a double header against the Purdue Boilermakers with scores of 1-0 in game one and 3-0 in game two. The second win gave Buckeye coach Bob Todd his 600th career win. OSU has now won a season-high 16-consecutive games, the second longest streak in school history. The Buckeyes also extended their best home start in school history to 17 victories. OSU improved to 37-7 (18-1) with the victories and Purdue dropped to 20-25 (7-12).
Game 1-Ohio State 1 Purdue 0
Andy Lee (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) pitched a four-hit complete game to notch the victory. Lee struck out six to stay perfect on the season at 6-0 (4-0 Big Ten). The complete game was his third of the season and the shutout his second of the year.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Buckeyes scored the lone run on a two-out rally. Mike Lockwood (Jr., Powell, Ohio) singled for his second hit of the game. Tom Durant (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) then bunted his way on to put runners at first and second. Jason Trott (Sr., Dublin, Ohio) followed with a walk to load the bases. The run crossed the plate when David Blomberg mishandled Chad Ehrnsbergers (So., Kalida, Ohio) grounder to short.
Game 2-Ohio State 3 Purdue 0
E.J. Laratta (Fr., Englewood, Colo.) went the distance in the second game allowing four hits and striking out four. The freshman retired the final 14 hitters to finish the game and has now pitched 23-consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Laratta improved to 8-1 (4-0) on the season. Trott came through for the Buckeyes at the plate with a home run and RBI-single.
The Buckeyes didnt have to wait long for their first run of the second game. Trott broke OSU into the scoring column in the first inning with a two-out solo homer, his third of the season.
Trott picked up his second two-out RBI in the third inning to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. Durant doubled with two-out to set the table and Trott followed with a run-scoring single. OSU added another run in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead by three. Ehrnsberger led off the inning with a double. Jason Turner (Jr., Versailles, Ohio) then moved him over to third with a sacrifice bunt. Jason Driscoll (Jr., Middlefield, Ohio) followed with a single to right to drive Ehrnsberger home.
The Buckeyes next play at 1:05 p.m. Sunday in the final game of a four-game series with Purdue.