May 20, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 seed Michigan edged the No. 1 seed Ohio State, 8-6, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at the Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. It would be the second upset of the day after No. 3 seed Illinois defeated No. 2 seed Minnesota, 12-9, in game one. Michigan will now play the Fighting Illini tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. and the Buckeyes will compete against Minnesota at 3:05 p.m.
Michigan jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a shaky start from the 1999 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, Justin Fry. MSUs Bobby Scales was hit by a pitch from Fry to advance to first base. Jason Alcaraz followed with a line drive home run to right field. Then Brian Bush dropped a single into left and Mike Cervenak pounded a single to center field to advance Bush to third. Following Cervenak, Michigans Bryan Besco lined a single to center field to score Bush. Michigan ended the first inning with a 3-0 lead off four hits. In the bottom of the first inning, Michigans Scales bobbled a Mike Lockwood grounder, causing an error and allowing the lead-off hitter to advance to first. Starter J.J. Putz walked Durant and then each runner advanced after Jason Trott popped up to left field. Chad Ehrnsberger followed with a sacrifice to centerfield bringing Lockwood home. Michigan 3-1.
Michigan answered by beginning with a string of singles in the second. Scott Tousa and Scales both belted singles into left field. Then Alcaraz went to first off a fielders choice, Scales was called out at second, but Tousa advance to third. With two outs, David Parrish hit a liner in between the third baseman and left fielder to score Tousa. Cervenak followed by batting Alcaraz and Parrish home with a double to center. Besco hit a liner down the right field line to score Cervenak. Michigan up 7-1.
In the third, Trott belted a solo home run over the right field wall, giving him his fifth on the season. Michigan 7-2.
In the fourth, Michigans Bush pounded a single into center. With two outs, Besco lined a double into center and scored Bush. The Wolverines extended its lead to 8-2.
Like Trott in the third, Matt Middleton blasted a solo homer into left field in the fourth inning. The Buckeyes proceeded in the bottom of the fifth with Lockwood leading off with a walk and then stealing second. One out later, Trott followed with a solid liner into center field to send Lockwood home. Ohio State cut the Michigan lead to 8-4.
Nate Smith, relieving Fry in the third, held the Wolverines scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Smith would make his longest relief appearance of his career, going 5.2 innings and striking out two.
In the seventh inning, Trott belted his second home run of the game. The blast over the right field wall marked the first time this year that Trott had gone deep twice in one game and gave him his sixth for the season.
In the eighth, Kevin Goodrum stopped a Michigan run, striking out Besco, with two outs and the bases loads. Michigan followed in the bottom by stopping a late Buckeye rally. Jason Turner pounded a double into the left field corner and Joe Wilkins and Trent McIlvain walked back-to-back. However, Michigans Bobby Korecky struck out Lockwood and Durant popped up to the right fielder to end the inning. Michigan 8-5.
Durant began the ninth inning with a solo home run to left field. It would mark the fourth solo home run for the Buckeyes in the game. Trott hit a solid grounder into right field and Ehrnsberger followed with a line drive into center, advancing Trott to second. Turner lined a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Driscoll loaded the bases after a bad throw from the third baseman, Cervanek. Middleton struck out swinging and Wilkins ended the game with a pop up into left field. Michigan would win 8-6 and advance to game #4.
Michigans Putz won the game, giving him a 5-4 record this season and Luke Bonner captured his first save of the season. Ohio States Fry took the loss after he struggled in the first two innings, giving up seven runs.
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