April 25, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes notched two wins today against the Penn State Nittany Lions in a doubleheader to lead the series 3-0 at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State is now 31-7 and 14-1 in the Big Ten, giving them the best conference start in Ohio State history. Penn State drops to 23-17 and 5-9 in the Big Ten this season.

Game One: Ohio State 10 Penn State 9

It took extra innings, but the Buckeyes edged the Nittany Lions in the first game of a doubleheader today at Bill Davis Stadium. In the longest game of the year, Ohio State would win the game in the bottom of the eleventh with Nittany Lions reliever Peter Yodis walking in the winning run.

Penn State got on the board early in the first, when Dan Beers hit a single off Andy Lee to right field, bringing Michael Campo home.

The Nittany Lions would follow in the third, as Campo hit a single and followed with a steal at second. John Richmond notched a single into right field and Donnie Wright went to first on a hit pitch. Shawn Fagen ripped a grounder into left to RBI Campo home and Joe Puliafico sacrificed to score Richmond. Penn State up 3-0.

Ohio State went scoreless until the fifth. The Buckeyes began their run by loading the bases with nobody out when Mike Lockwood singled and Tom Durant and Jason Trott walked back-to-back. Chad Ehrnsberger hit a grounder down the left field line to score Lockwood and Durant to make the score 3-2, Penn State. An error from first baseman Chris Wright, allowed Jason Turner to reach base and Ehrnsberger to advance to third. Jason Driscoll dumped a double down the right field line that scored Ehrnsberger. On the throw into second base, Turner scored from third to make the score 5-3, Ohio State.

In the sixth, Penn States Eric Spadt led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Chris Netwall followed with a single and Campo singled to right to load the bases. Reliever Cory Cox then walked Penn States Richmond, forcing home a run. A sacrifice fly by Beers, tied the game at five, scoring Netwall. fd With the game tied and heading into the eighth, Campo singled, but would advance to third base off a throwing error from reliever Kevin Goodrum. Richmond singled to first, driving Campo home and allowing the Nittany Lions to go up 6-5. The Buckeyes would not go unanswered with lead-off hitter Lockwood singling to center and advancing to second off Durants single. Trott belted a single into right field and Lockwood, scoring on the throw from second, would tie the score at six.

In the top of the eleventh, Penn States Beers began the inning by belting a solo homer over the left field wall to go up 7-6. Fagan would follow by blasting another home run over right field. Spadt and Netwall walked back-to-back. Then Hamilton singled to left field to score Spadt and give the Nittany Lions a 9-6 lead.

Ohio State began the inning with a walk from Turner and McIlvain singling to the short-stop. With only one out, Middleton would walk to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Doug Dendinger notched a grounder into left field to score Turner and advance McIlvain and Middleton. Lockwood walked off reliever Yodis, scoring McIvain and making it 9-8, Penn State. After striking out Durant, Yodis would walk Trott and tie the score at nine. With Ehrnsberger up, Yodis again would walk a Buckeye, scoring the winning run and giving Ohio State the 10-9 win.

The game was the longest in time (3:59) and also the longest in innings (11) of the year. Kurt Fullenkamp pitched one-third innings and notched the win to remain undefeated (2-0). Yodis takes the lose and drops to 4-3 on the season.

Game Two: Ohio State 1 Penn State 0

The second game was played quite differently, but the outcome was still the same with Ohio State winning, 1-0.

Instead of big hits, the teams relied on their starting pitchers. E.J. Laratta completed the game, striking out a career high seven and only giving up one hit in the scoreless game. Laratta did not give up the hit until after one out in the fourth inning.

Both teams would go scoreless until the sixth inning. John Mayor was walked and then Mike Lockwood belted a triple into right field, sending Mayor home. Ohio State notched the 1-0 win after Laretta left Penn State hitless in the seventh.

Laratta completed the game and now has a 6-1 record and Penn States PeterYodis drops to 4-4.

Ohio State will complete the Penn State series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.