April 15, 2000
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team (22-14 overall, 4-7 in the Big Ten) found themselves on the wrong end of a one run game, losing to the Michigan Wolverines (13-19-1 overall, 6-9 in the Big Ten), 3-2 at Ray Fisher Stadium. The Buckeyes have now dropped the first three games of the four-game series against the Wolverines.
“Our offense hasn’t been able to get untracked this entire weekend,” head coach Bob Todd said. “Kevin (Goodrum) pitched great in the first game but we were unable to give him any run support. In game two, we got the leadoff runners on base in the fourth, fifth and six innings but could only score one run. The bats just aren’t getting the job done. “
The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. With two outs, John Mayor (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) reached base on a throwing error by UM shortstop Scott Tousa. He then moved to second on a passed ball by catcher David Parrish. Mayor then scored when Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio) singled to leftfield to give OSU its first run of the ballgame.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Michigan took a 3-1 lead. Jeff Trzos and Jay Dines hit back-to-back RBI singles and Jordan Cantalamessa drove in the third run on a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the sixth inning, Ohio State cut the UM lead to 3-2. Nick Swisher (Fr., Parkersburg, W.Va.) led off with a single and scored two batters later on a ground out by Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio).
OSU starting pitcher Brandon Steen (So., Hendersonville, Tenn.) was the losing pitcher. He went four innings, gave up seven hits and gave up three runs. Kevin Wynk (Fr., Coldwater, Ohio) and Cory Cox (Sr., Chillicothe, Ohio) combined for two innings of shutout relief work.
With the loss, the Buckeyes have broken a string of winning or tying 23-consecutive Big Ten series dating back to 1996.
Tomorrow, the two teams play the series finale at 1 p.m.