April 15, 2000
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A couple of errors in the fourth inning proved to be the downfall of the Ohio State baseball team (22-13 overall, 4-6 in the Big Ten) as they lost game one of a doubleheader to the Michigan Wolverines (12-19-1 overall, 5-9 in the Big Ten), 2-1 at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Sloppy play by the Ohio State defense led to a pair of Michigan runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. With one out and David Parrish on second base, UM designated hitter Brock Koman grounded a ball to OSU shortstop Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio). After fielding the ball, McIlvain attempted to throw out Parrish at third base but inadvertently fired the ball past third baseman John Mayor (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.). The ball then rolled into the dugout to allow Parrish to score and move Koman to second base. Two batters later, Mayor booted a grounder hit to him by Jordan Cantalamessa, which allowed Koman to score and gave UM a 2-0 lead.
OSU quickly responded in the top of the fifth inning. McIlvain led off with single and then moved to second on a passed ball by UM catcher Parrish. A single by Chris Alvord (Jr., Mentor, Ohio) then put runners on the corners for OSU. Mike Check (Jr., Bay Village, Ohio) followed and cut the UM lead to 2-1 when he grounded a ball to UM shortstop Scott Tousa to drive in McIlvain.
Ohio State starting pitcher Kevin Goodrum (Jr., Mentor, Ohio) pitched a superb game but took the loss (4-3). He pitched a complete game, threw 88 pitches, gave up two unearned runs and struck out two. UM starting pitcher Bobby Korecky improved to 4-1 on the season.