Oct. 15, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Game four of the 1999 Scarlet and Gray World Series proved to be a one-sided contest. The Scarlet Buckeyes scored eight runs on 13 hits en route to an 8-3 win over the Gray at Bill Davis Stadium. Scarlet starting pitcher E.J. Laratta (So., Englewood, Colo.) gave up just three runs in eight innings of work to improve his series record to 2-0. Nick Swisher (Fr., Parkersburg, W.Va.) paced the Scarlet offense by going 3-for-3 with three runs batted in. He finished the series with an incredible .800 (8-for-10) batting average.
The Scarlet took a 1-0 in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Swisher singled to right field. He moved to second on a single by Joe Palazzo (So., Tucson, Ariz.). Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) drove home Swisher with a double to left-centerfield.
Scarlet added three runs in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) singled to center field. Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio) followed and reached base on an error by Gray shortstop Matt Fortuna (Fr., Strongsville, Ohio). Swisher came up big with a double down the left field line to clear the bases. Swisher later scored on a Palazzo single to right field.
The Gray mounted a small rally in the bottom of the fifth. Doug Deeds (Fr., Bexley, Ohio) led off with a double. Two batters later, All-American Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio) drilled a home run over the left field wall to cut the Scarlet lead, 4-2. The blast was Ehrnsberger’s second of the series.
But the Scarlet came right back to score three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jason Siler (Fr., Englewood, Colo.) reached base on another error by Fortuna. He later scored on a single by Driscoll. Two batters later, Driscoll scored on a wild pitch by Gray reliever Nate Smith (Bryan, Ohio). Palazzo drove home Swisher with a double to left field to increase the Scarlet lead, 7-2. Both squads added a run in the eighth inning.
On the mound, Laratta earned the win by giving up seven hits and three runs. Gray’s Kyle Brown (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio) gave up four runs (one earned run) and eight hits. He was charged with the loss.
The Fall baseball season is now over for the Buckeyes. They will resume regular season play on Feb. 28, 2000 at the Service Academies Spring Classic in Millington, Tenn.