May 13, 1999
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a non-conference decision 8-6 to West Virginia in Morgantown Wednesday night.
OSU falls to 43-9 overall and remains 22-2 (first place) in the Big Ten. It marked the first loss of the season for the Buckeyes when they outhit their opponent. Three OSU regulars – second baseman Chad Ehrnsberger, catcher Tom Durant, and designated hitter John Mayor – did not start in the non-conference game against the Mountaineers.
Cory Cox got the loss for OSU, surrendering a two-run homer to Chris Schmidt in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cox fell to 2-1. Chris Moore got the win for WVU, his first of the season.
The Buckeyes will now attempt to clinch the 13th Big Ten Championship in school history this weekend when they host Indiana in a four-game series.
West Virginia opened the game in the scoring with a run in the first, despite the fact that Ohio State starter Nate Smith struck out three West Virginia. Chris Schmidt led things off with an infield single and was forced to second when Lance Williams walked. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, then Schmidt scored when a pickoff attempt at third base ended up in left field. After one, WVU led 1-0.
WVU scored again in the third. Nate Reeser drew an infield single and advanced to second on an error on the throw. Reeser scored when Lance Williams singled to center. Williams advanced to third on a single by Todd Brock, and scored on another single – the fourth of the inning by the Mountaineers – by Eddie Weightman. After three, West Virginia led 3-0.
The Mountaineers scored again in the fourth. Tim Neumark led off with an infield single, and advanced to second when Kevin Riley grounded out. Neumark then stole third, and came home to score when the throw on the steal attempt ended up in left field.
OSU tied the game in the sixth. The lead was cut the lead in half when Matt Middleton homered to right-center. The bomb, Middletons sixth of the year, scored Jason Turner, who led off the inning with a single. Two outs later, Trent McIlvain doubled down the right field line. Nine-hole hitter Chris Alvord then ripped an infield single to first. McIlvain never broke stride and scored on a close play from second. WVU starter Ty Russell, who had allowed only five hits through the first five innings, was then pulled in favor of reliever Chris Moore. The left-handed pitching Moore then surrendered a double off the wall to the left-handed hitting Mike Lockwood, advancing Alvord to third. Alvord scored two pitches later when Moore hurled a wild pitch. After five and a half innings, the score was tied 4-4. WVU regained the lead in sixth. Tim Neumark was hit by a pitch with one out, and advanced to third on a single by Kevin Riley. Neumark then scored easily when OSU pitcher Ted Kalnins threw a wild pitch. After six, WVU led 5-4.
OSU took the lead in the eighth with on a two-run bomb by Mike Lockwood with two out. The homer scored Chris Alvord, who had singled with two out. It was Lockwoods 15th home run of the year.
WVU took the lead again in the eighth. Tim Neumark walked with one out. He advanced to second on a balk by OSU pitcher Kevin Goodrum, then stole third one pitch later. With two out, Mountaineer pinch hitter Todd Neff singled to center, scoring Neumark. Leadoff hitter Chris Schmidt then homered to center, giving WVU an 8-6 lead.
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