April 17, 1999

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The Ohio State baseball team swept Illinois in a key Big Ten doubleheader, Saturday, extending its hold on first place in the conference. OSU topped Illinois 11-8 in the first game and 12-10 in the second game at Illinois field.

The Buckeyes improve to 25-7 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State scored six runs in the sixth inning for an 11-8 come-from-behind victory over Illinois in game one of the doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

OSU knocked 13 hits and four players collected at least two in the win. Ohio State starter Justin Fry was credited with the win, giving him 30 for his career and tying a 40-year-old record held by former Buckeye Pete Pirini. Fry is also the OSU career record holder for strikeouts and innings pitched.

The Buckeyes completed a sweep of Illinois with two runs in their final at-bat in a 12-10 win in game two. Jason Trott went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and Mike Lockwood went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs.

Ohio State and Illinois face off again in a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m. (CDT).

A more detailed recap will be posted soon.