April 27, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes continued their torrid pace Tuesday night, defeating the Dayton Flyers 3-1 before 683 at Bill Davis Stadium. The win is OSUs 12th in a row and 26th in its last 27 games and improves the Buckeyes’ record to 33-7 (15-1 Big Ten). Dayton drops to 17-28 (3-9 Atlantic 10).
The only run Dayton would score came in its first at-bat. Jake Long hit the first pitch of the game down the left field line for a double. He advanced to third when Buckeye starter E.J. Laratta’s (Fr., Englewood, Colo.) pickoff throw went into centerfield and scored on a groundout to second base to make the score 1-0.
OSU scored all of its runs in the third. Jason Turner (Jr., Versailles, Ohio) walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. One out later, Joe Palazzo (Fr., Tucson, Ariz.) walked to put runners on first and second. Joe Wilkins (Fr., Commercial Point, Ohio) then stepped up and dumped a double that landed right on the left field line, scoring Turner to tie the score at 1-1. The next hitter was Trent McIlvain (So., Louisville, Ohio), who promptly hit a long drive to left that hit off the top of the wall and bounced back into play for a double, scoring Palazzo and Wilkins to make the score 3-1.
Laratta pitched five strong innings to pick up his team-high seventh win of the year. Cory Cox (So., Chillicothe, Ohio) shut the Flyers down in the ninth for his seventh save. Ted Kalnins (Fr., Burlington, Ontario) also was solid in relief, going two innings and allowing only one hit.
Ohio State continues its longest homestand of the season Wednesday night against Cleveland State. Game time is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.