May 21, 1999

Ohio State Baseball Notes
Big Ten Tournament

Despite hitting four home runs, Ohio State fell 8-6 in theopening round of the Big Ten Tournament to Michigan. The Buckeyesfell behind early 7-1, but clawed back to within two in the ninthinning. All four of OSUs homers were of the solo variety. After oneday of the Big Ten Tournament, Ohio States Jason Trott leads thetournament field with four hits and two home runs. Three of Trottssix home runs this year have come against the Wolverines. Lastweekend, Trott became the first player in Big Ten history to winthree consecutive Big Ten batting titles. Nate Smith made thelongest relief appearance of his career last night, going 5.2innings and allowing only one run while striking out two. Smiththrew 75 pitches – 50 strikes and 25 balls. Ohio State continuedits parade of home runs yesterday, going deep four times. OhioState has now hit 31 home runs in the last 14 games. Counting lastnight, Ohio State has dropped its opening round game seven times in13 Big Ten Tournament appearances (1999, 98, 95, 92, 90, 89, 88).In the six prior tournaments where OSU dropped game one, itrebounded for a win in the second game three times (95, 90, 89). In1995, Ohio State dropped its opening game in the tournament toPurdue, but rebounded for four consecutive wins and captured thetournament title. Tom Durant extended his career long hittingstreak to 13 games last night with a home run in the ninth inning.Durant, a first-team all-Big Ten selection in 1999, is hitting .311(14-45) during the streak. Chad Ehrnsberger, another first-teamall-Big Ten pick, extended his hitting streak to seven games lastnight. He is hitting .435 (10-23) during the stretch. MattMiddleton now has five home runs in his last 11 games (.46 homerper game). Ohio State has now dropped back-to-back games for thefirst time in 68 days. Prior to this current two-game losingstretch, OSU had not lost two-in-a-row since March 13-14. OhioState has won 39 of its last 44 games. Mike Lockwood scored tworuns last night, bringing his season total to 69. He needs justthree more runs to tie his own Ohio State record of 72 runs in oneseason, set in 1998. Between the two games and four teamsyesterday, 10 home runs were hit in Bill Davis Stadium. -GoBucks!-