May 16, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 8-4 decision to Indiana Sunday afternoon in Bill Davis Stadium, wrapping up a four-game series between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers. Ohio State won three of the four games, clinching the 13th Big Ten title in school history.

The loss marked the first of the season for OSU at home. The Buckeyes end the regular season 23-1 in Bill Davis Stadium this year. OSU will host the Big Ten Tournament beginning next Thursday.

Ohio State falls to 46-10 overall and 25-3 in the Big Ten. Indiana improves to 37-17 overall and 14-14 in the Big Ten.

Indiana struck first in the top of the second. Brandt Childs led things off by being hit by a pitch. Jason Williams then singled. First baseman Chris Stroble then smacked his first home run of the year down the left field line. After one and a half innings, IU led 3-0.

OSU got a run back in its half of the second. Chad Ehrnsberger hit a one-two pitch over the left field wall for his 14th home run of the year.

Indiana starter Chad Smith was extremely effective through the first five innings, allowing just two hits. He faced just three batters in the first, third, and fifth innings, striking out six.

OSU took the lead in the sixth. Mike Lockwood and Tom Durant started things off with consecutive singles. Jason Trott was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chad Ehrnsberger then drilled a ground ball that the Indiana second baseman couldnt come up with, allowing Lockwood to score and keeping the bases loaded. One out later, Jason Driscoll hit a slow ground ball, allowing Durant to score and advancing Trott to third. Chris Wilson came on in relief of Smith and then threw a wild pitch, allowing Trott to score easily. After six, OSU led 4-3.

Indiana regained the lead in the seventh. Sam Incandela started things off with a single, and Dan Haegele followed with a single down the right field line. Kevin Goodrum then came on in relief of Kurt Fullenkamp and surrendered a two-strike opposite field to Doug DeVore. After seven, IU led 6-4.

Indiana scored again in the eighth when an Incandela single scored Ryan Schade. After seven and a half innings, the Hoosiers led 7-4.