May 5, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes continued their unconscious pace Wednesday, defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 11-9 at Bill Davis Stadium. The win ties head coach Bob Todd with Marty Karow as the winningest coach in Ohio State history. OSUs record improves to 39-7 while Oakland drops to 15-21.
Ohio State got the scoring underway in the bottom of the first. Mike Lockwood (Jr., Powell, Ohio) singled to center to lead off the inning. Joe Wilkins (Fr., Commercial Point, Ohio) followed with a single. Lockwood then advanced to third on a fly ball by Jason Turner, and scored when Marcello Garofalo lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.
OSU scored again the second when Matt Middleton (Sr., Conover, Ohio) slammed his third home run of the year over the right field fence. After two, OSU led 2-0.
Oakland tied the game in the third. Eric Paul was hit by a pitch, and Eric Hardin drew a walk. Chuck Van Robays then singled to left, scoring Paul. Michael Bennion followed with another single to left, scoring Hardin. OSU got out of the inning with a strike em out, throw em out double play, however, when starter Brandon Steen mowed down Kip Harris and catcher Chris Alvord (So., Mentor, Ohio) gunned down Bennion on first base. After two and a half innings, the score was tied at two.
OSU took the lead again in the fourth. Second baseman John Mayor (So., Chesterfield, Mo.) led off with a double in the gap in left field. Middleton promptly singled to right, scoring Mayor and driving in his second run of the game. Designated hitter Doug Dendinger (Fr., Greenwich, Ohio) then singled up the middle, advancing Middleton to third. Oakland reliever Justin Robertson then delivered a wild pitch, allowing Middleton to score and advancing Dendinger to second. OSU shortstop Trent McIlvain (So., Louisville, Ohio) proceeded to leg out an infield single. Alvord then grounded into a double play, but Dendinger scored on the play to give OSU a 5-2 lead.
The Buckeyes added on to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Middleton led the inning off by lifting a fly ball to deep right field that was dropped by Harris at the wall. Middleton reached third on the error. After a Dendinger walk put runners on the corners with nobody out, McIlvain hit a rope down the left field line for a double, scoring Middleton and advancing Dendinger to third. One out later, Lockwood singled to r ight, scoring Dendinger to make the score 7-2. Mike Check (So., Bay Village, Ohio) added to the fun when he singled to right, scoring McIlvain to make it 8-2. OSU rounded out the scoring in the inning when Jason Turner (Jr., Versailles, Ohio) hit into a fielders choice to score Lockwood. After six innings, the Buckeye lead was 9-2.
Oakland added a run of its own in the top of the seventh. Paul led off with a single. One out later, Van Robays grounded to third, advancing Paul to second. Dennion then singled to score Paul and make the score 9-3, OSU.
OSU tacked another run on the board in the eighth. McIlvain led off with a walk and advanced on a grounder to third base. Erik Bjornson (Fr., North Canton, Ohio) followed with a single up the middle to plate McIlvain and give the Bucks a 10-3 lead. After a flyout by Check, James Sharp (Fr., Wilmette, Ill.) ripped a shot up the gap in right-center to score Bjornson with the Buckeyes final run.
Oakland sent 12 men to the plate in the ninth inning, scoring six runs, but OSU closer Cory Cox (So, Chillicothe, Ohio) closed the door on the Golden Grizzlies, notching his ninth save of the season.
The victory was Ohio States 18th in a row and 32nd in its last 33 games. The Buckeyes will play Pittsburgh at 6:35 p.m. in the second game of Wednesdays doubleheader.