May 1, 1999
COLUMBUS,Ohio – The Big Ten-leading Ohio State Buckeyes won their season-high-tying 14th consecutive game on Friday night defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 7-5. The Buckeyes won for the 28th time in their last 29 games to set a school record for the longest stretch with only one loss. OSU also extended its best ever home start to 15 consecutive wins. The Buckeyes improved to 35-7 (16-1) on the season and the Boilermakers fell to 20-23 (7-10).
Justin Fry (Sr., Munhall, PA) pitched a complete game to pick up the win for OSU. The senior struck out 10 hitters and allowed only one earned run. Fry improved his record to 7-1 (4-0) on the season and extended his OSU record for career victories to 32. Jason Driscoll (Jr., Middlefield, OH) and Matt Middleton (Sr., Conover, OH) each drove in two runs to lead the offense.
The Buckeyes broke into the scoring column first with six runs in the bottom of the first on just one hit. Mike Lockwood (Jr., Powell, OH) walked and Tom Durant (Sr., Columbus) was hit by a pitch to start the off the game. With one out Chad Ehrnsberger (So., Kalida, OH) walked to load the bases and Jason Turner (Jr., Versailles, OH) was hit by a pitch to plate OSUs first run. Driscoll reached on an error that scored Durant. Middleton picked up the Buckeyes only hit of the inning with a single that knocked in two runs. The final two runs of the inning came as Purdue pitcher Andy Helmer threw away John Mayors (So., Chesterfield, MO) infield chopper.
The Boilermakers notched their first runs of the game in the fifth. Todd Ellinger led off the inning with a single. David Blomberg then walked and Ryan Bettencourt reached on an error to load the bases. Daryl Hallada knocked in the Boilermakers first run with a single. An error by Ehrnsberger allowed PUs second run of the game to cross the plate. Ryan Cole then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to cut the Buckeyes lead to 6-3.
OSU answered with one run in the bottom half of the fifth. Ehrnsberger walked with one out. Turner followed with a single. The two runners pulled off a double steal to advance to second and third. Driscoll then hit a sacrifice fly to bring Ehrnsberger home.
Two OSU errors helped the Boilermakers score two runs in the seventh. Chris Walker reached base on an error by Trent Mcllvain (So., Louisville, OH). Two batters later Erik Frei singled. Ryan Cole then loaded the bases as Turner couldnt handle his long fly ball. Mike Rose followed with a two-RBI single to make the score 7-5.
The Buckeyes next play on Saturday May 1st in a double header against Purdue. The first game starts at 4:05.