April 10, 1999
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team (21-7, 6-1) won two of three games against the University of Michigan (18-15, 6-5) today in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes and Wolverines finished a game that was started last night then halted by rain, and proceeded to play their normally scheduled doubleheader. Ohio State won game one (7-4) and game two (13-6) extending its winning streak to 14 games, but fell in the final game of the day, 7-4.
Game One – Ohio State 7, Michigan 4
Tom Durant drove in all seven runs as Ohio State rolled to its 13th straight victory in a 7-4 win over Michigan in Ann Arbor. The first two innings of the game were played on Friday before that contest was suspended because of rain. The remaining seven innings were played Saturday morning prior to the scheduled OSU-UM doubleheader.
Ohio State knocked on the door in the second on Friday night before play was suspended. Chad Ehrnsberger and Jason Turner led off the inning with back-to-back infield singles. Ehrnsberger advanced to third when UM catcher David Parrish, son of former Detroit Tiger Lance Parrish, threw the ball into centerfield on a pickoff attempt. Jason Driscoll then dribbled the ball back to the pitcher who quickly threw to first. Ehrnsberger tried to score on the play from third but was thrown out on a bang-bang play at the plate.
The game was called as John Mayor walked to the plate to lead off the third inning. When play resumed Saturday at noon, Michigan sent a new pitcher to the mound, replacing Luke Bonner with Bryce Ralston. OSU’s Justin Fry started Friday’s game and picked up right where he left off on Saturday.
The Buckeyes jumped to a 3-0 lead in their half of the fifth. John Mayor earned a base on balls and stole second. He advanced to third when Trent McIlvain grounded to the right side. Mike Lockwood then chopped a ball towards first base that UM first baseman Brian Besco bobbled, allowing Lockwood to reach first base and Mayor to score. The error proved even more costly when OSU’s Tom Durant stepped to the plate next and homered to left center field, scoring Lockwood. Fry controlled Michigan through six innings, allowing only two hits and at one point retiring eight straight Wolverines. He found himself in troule in the seventh, though, when UM’s Brian Bush, Mike Seestedt, and Rob Bobeda each singled to load the bases. Parrish then lined a ball down the leftfield line, scoring two and making the score 3-2. One out later, Bobby Scales singled to right field, scoring Bobeda and tying the score. Cory Cox then came in to relieve Fry, and with just three pitches got Jason Alcaraz to ground out to short.
Ohio State took the lead for good in the top of the ninth thanks to some late-inning heroics by Tom Durant. John Mayor reached on a fielders choice, Trent McIlvain doubled to leftfield, and Mike Lockwood was intentionally walked to load the bases. Durant then stepped in and proceeded to send a Bobby Korecky pitch well beyond the leftfield wall for a grand slam to give OSU a 7-3 lead. It was Durant’s second homerun of the game and the first grand slam by an OSU player since April 29, 1998. It also marked the first time an OSU player had gone yard twice in one game since April 16, 1997.
The 7-4 victory was OSU’s 13th straight win, tying for the third longest win streak in school history.
Game Two, Ohio State 13, Michigan 6
Ohio State scored early and often in the first game of a double header against Michigan, eventually pulling away for a 13-6 win. Jason Trott 2-of-3 with two RBIs and Jason Turner was 2-of-4 with three RBIs in the victory, OSU’s 14th straight.
The Buckeyes jumped on the Wolverines with five runs in the first inning of game two (game one of the doubleheader). Chad Ehrnsberger, Jason Turner, and Trent McIlvain all delivered run-scoring singles. Michigan starter J.J. Putz was pulled after facing six batters, and OSU sent ten men to the plate in the inning.
OSU manufactured another run in the second. Durant led off the inning with a double to centerfield. He advanced to third when Jason Trott grounded out to the right side. Chad Ehrnsberger then lifted a fly ball to centerfield, deep enough to score Durant.
Michigan got two runs in its half of the second when Dan Sanborn hit a two-run home run to rightfield.
Ohio State struck again in the top of the fourth. Mike Lockwood began the inning with a double off the rightfield wall. Durant then singled, advancing Lockwood to third. Jason Trott drove in Lockwood with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, and Jason Turner drove in Durant with a single to right. The two-run inning gave the Buckeyes an 8-2 lead after four and a half innings.
Michigan got three runs back in its half of the fifth. Two runners scored when OSU pitchers walked a batter with the bases loaded. Andy Lee was pulled in favor of Kevin Goodrum with one out. After walking a batter, Goodrum got Parrish to ground into a double play with the help of a spectacular play by OSU second baseman Chad Ehrnsberger. After five, OSU led 8-5.
Ohio State got two more when Jason Driscoll slammed a triple to right-centerfield, scoring Ehrnsberger and Turner in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Matt Middleton then drove a ball to deep center field, allowing Driscoll to score from third on the sacrifice fly.
OSU scored twice in the final frame. Chris Alvord led off with a single, and Mike Lockwood followed with a long double to rightfield. Alvord then scored on a wild pitch, and Lockwood later scored on a single by Jason Trott.
Andy Lee was credited with the win in the game and improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year. Kevin Goodrum earned the save, his third of the season.
Game Three – Michigan 7, Ohio State 4
The Buckeyes snapped their 14 game win streak with a 7-4 loss to Michigan in the final game of the day. The loss is OSU’s first in the Big Ten this season.
A four-run fourth inning for Michigan in which OSU used three different pitchers proved to be the difference. Chad Ehrnsberger led OSU by going 2-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs.
Ohio State again took an early lead when Chad Ehrnsberger hit his sixth home run of the year in the first inning. The blast over the rightfield wall also drove in Jason Trott, who had doubled to center earlier.
Michigan got a run back in its half of the first. Bobby Scales was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a Jason Alcaraz single, and moved to third when Mike Cervenak grounded out to the right side. A Nate Smith pitch then got away from OSU catcher Tom Durant, allowing Scales to score.
Ehrnsberger struck again in Ohio State’s half of the third inning, this time drilling the ball over the leftfield fence. The no-doubter also brought in Trott, who had singled prior to Ehrsnberger’s arrival to the plate. It was Ehrnsberger’s seventh home run of the year. In the middle of the third, OSU led 4-1.
Michigan came back almost immediately in its half of the third. Alcaraz doubled and came around to score on a Cervenak single. Two outs later, Cervanak had advanced to third and scored on an infield single by Mike Seestedt.
David Parrish led off the fourth inning for Michigan with a bomb to leftfield for his second home run of the season, knotting the score at four. Scott Tousa followed with a line single, prompting OSU head coach Bob Todd to yank starter Nate Smith in favor of Kurt Fullenkamp. Fullenkamp gave up a single to Scales and proceeded to hit two batters. Kevin Goodrum then took the mound for OSU with the bases loaded and surrendered a two-run single to Brian Bush. After four innings of play, Michigan led 7-4.
Michigan pitcher Vince Pistilli seemed to get better as the game wore on. After allowing six hits – including tow home runs – in the first four innings, Pistilli did not surrender a hit to the Buckeyes in the fifth or sixth innings.
Ohio State and Michigan will meet tomorrow in the series finale beginning at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on WOSU Radio (820 AM).
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