Check out the Big Ten Championships!
May 18, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team (46-10, 25-3), after winning the 13th Big Ten regular season championship in school history last weekend, will host and play in the annual Big Ten Baseball Tournament May 20-23 in Bill Davis Stadium (4,450). Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan have also qualified for the tournament, which is conducted in a double elimination format. Ohio States first game will be Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against No. 4 Michigan. No. 2 Minnesota and No. 3 Illinois will kick off the tournament at 3:05 p.m.
MICHIGAN PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP RF 14 Jason Alcaraz Sr., L-L CF 5 Brian Bush Sr., R-R LF 42 Rob Bobeda Jr., L-R 1B 27 Bryan Besco Sr., L-L 2B 10 Bobby Scales Sr., S-R SS 2 Scott Tousa So., L-R 3B 3 Mike Cervenak Sr., R-R C 13 David Parrish So., R-R DH 6 Mike Seestedt Sr., R-R P 20 J.J. Putz Sr., R-R Not projected batting order.
OHIO STATE PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP RF 24 Jason Turner Jr., L-L CF 20 Mike Lockwood Jr., L-L LF 6 Jason Driscoll Jr., R-R 1B 36 Jason Trott Sr., L-L 2B 7 Chad Ehrnsberger So., R-R SS 17 Trent McIlvain So., R-R 3B 21 Matt Middleton Sr., L-R C 10 Tom Durant Sr., R-R DH 13 John Mayor So., R-R P 38 Justin Fry Sr., R-R Not projected batting order.
WOSU Radio (820 AM) will air all games in the Big Ten Tournament that Ohio State is involved in. The tandem of Herb Howenstine and Frank Fraas will call the action.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State was crowned as the Big Ten regular season champion for the sixth time this decade last weekend. The Buckeyes have captured the leagues regular season crown in 1991, 92, 93, 94, 95, and 99. OSU has 13 Big Ten Championships to its credit – the fourth most in conference history.
RECORD TYING SEASON
Ohio State tied a conference and school record with 25 Big Ten wins in 1999. This years Buckeyes now share the record with the 1994 OSU team that went 25-2 in conference play.
MEMO TO BIG TEN TOURNEY OPPONENTS
Ohio State was an impressive 23-1 (.958) in Bill Davis Stadium this year. The Buckeyes won 23 consecutive games at home before falling to Indiana in their final regular season game. Since the stadium opened in 1997, Ohio State has won 82 percent of the games it has played in Bill Davis Stadium all-time, standing 63-14 overall.
THIRD MOST WINS EVER – AND COUNTING
The 1999 Ohio State baseball team has 46 wins to its credit – marking the third most in school history overall and the second most regular season games ever. The Buckeyes need three more wins to tie for the second most wins ever (49), and seven more to tie for the most wins by any OSU club (53 in 1991). Listed below are the most successful teams in school history in terms of total wins. Total wins include any postseason victories, while regular season wins (R.S. Wins) include any games played prior to the Big Ten Tournament:
Year Total Wins R.S. Wins 1991 53 48 1994 49 45 1999 46 * 46 1982 45 43 1993 44 38 * postseason not complete.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
Some highlights and record-breaking performances from the 1999 Ohio State baseball season.
Ohio State set a school record by winning 21 consecutive gamesfrom April 11-May 8. The previous record for consecutive games wonwas 20, held by the 1994 team.
Prior to winning 21 straight, the Buckeyes put together a 14 gamewinning streak, the fourth longest in school history. The 1999 OSUteam is one of only three in school history to have two differentdouble-digit winning streaks.
Ohio State won 35-of-36 games over one stretch this year, markingthe longest string of games with only one loss in schoolhistory.
Ohio State won its first 23 games at home this season, demolishingthe previous school record for best home start (13-0) held by the1984 team.
Ohio State started 21-1 in the Big Ten this year, marking the bestever start by an OSU team since the league expanded to a 28-gameformat.
Ohio States current winning percentage of .821 (46-10) is thesecond best in school history. The best ever season winningpercentage by an OSU team is .845 (49-9) by the 1994 squad.
OHIO STATE IN THE POLLS
Ohio State is now No. 12 in the weekly Collegiate Baseball national poll. The Buckeyes are ranked ninth in the Baseball America poll this week, and 12th in the USA Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll. Ohio State received one first-place vote in the USA Today poll for the third consecutive week.
THE WINNING CONTINUES
Entering the Big Ten Tournament, OSUs winning percentage of .821 was tied for the second best in the nation, trailing only Florida Atlantic (.911) and equaling Florida State (.821)
OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN TOURNEY
Ohio State has captured five Big Ten tournament titles (1991, 93, 94, 95, 97) since the tournaments inception in 1981. Michigan has captured the most tournament championships (six). The Buckeyes last tournament title came in 1997 at Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU won three straight games in capturing that title, topping Purdue 4-2, Michigan 9-2, and Michigan again in the Championship game, 8-5. Mike Lockwood was named the Tournaments Most Outstanding Player, going 7-11 (.636) with five RBI and an on-base percentage of .667. He had four hits and three RBI in the title-clinching victory over the Wolverines. Lockwood was joined by current Buckeyes Jason Trott (5-9; .555), Jason Driscoll (5-10; .500) and Justin Fry (9.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks) on the all-tournament team.
MORE OSU IN THE BIG TEN TOURNEY
The Buckeyes are 23-17 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. Since 1993, Ohio State is 13-5 in the tourney. Six OSU players – Lockwood (97), Scott Kaczmar (95), Mike Repasky (94), Matt Beaumont (93), Keith Klodnick (91), and Jeff King (82) – have been named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player.
OSU IN LAST YEAR’S BIG TEN TOURNEY
For the first time since 1992, Ohio State dropped two straight games in the 1998 Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes fell 10-3 to eventual champion Minnesota in the first round before losing 9-8 to host Illinois in the second game. Jason Trott (3-6, 3 RBI) and Mike Lockwood (3-8) led OSU offensively in the series.
OHIO STATE VS. THE TOURNEY FIELD IN 1999
Ohio State was a combined 7-2 against teams in this years Big Ten tournament. The scores of those games are listed below:
Feb. 26 * – Minnesota 16, Ohio State 12 April 9 – Ohio State 7, Michigan 4 April 10 – Ohio State 13, Michigan 6 April 10 – Michigan 7, Ohio State 4 April 11 – Ohio State 13, Michigan 10 April 16 – Ohio State 11, Illinois 8 April 17 – Ohio State 12, Illinois 10 April 17 – Ohio State 10, Illinois 4 April 18 – Ohio State 9, Illinois 6 * non-conference game.
OSU VS. THE TOURNEY FIELD ALL-TIME
Ohio State leads the all-time series against Illinois (79-72-2), but trails in the series against Michigan (77-129-2) and Minnesota (51-55-2).
OSU VS. MINNESOTA IN 1999
Games: One Batting Average: .316 Earned Run Average: 11.25 Avg. Runs Per Game: 12 Avg. Hits Per Game: 12 Home Runs For: 3 Home Runs Against: 1
OSU VS. MICHIGAN IN 1999
Games: Four Batting Average: .348 Earned Run Average: 7.26 Avg. Runs Per Game: 9.25 Avg. Hits Per Game: 12 Home Runs For: 6 Home Runs Against: 7
OSU VS. ILLINOIS IN 1999
Games: Four Batting Average: .377 Earned Run Average: 8.04 Avg. Runs Per Game: 10.5 Avg. Hits Per Game: 12.25 Home Runs For: 5 Home Runs Against: 9
BEST BIG TEN HITTER EVER?
Ohio State first baseman Jason Trott became the first player in Big Ten Conference history to capture three consecutive batting crowns over the weekend. Trott ended the season hitting .440 in Big Ten games. He won the 1997 crown with a .418 average and the 1998 crown with a .532 average. An Ohio State hitter has now won the batting title in four of the last six seasons (Trott in 1997, 98, and 99; Jonathan Sweet in 1994).
HOME RUN DERBY
The stretch run of the season brought on a home run barrage from the Ohio State hitters. The Buckeyes hit 27 home runs in their final 13 games, and had at least one homer in 12 of those 13 games. OSU finished the regular season 26-7 when hitting one or more home runs this year. The Buckeyes went 20-3 when hitting no home runs.
OSU’S LAST ACTION
The Buckeyes won three-of-four games from Indiana in Bill Davis Stadium last weekend. OSU won the first three games, 10-2, 7-3, and 7-0 before dropping game four, 8-4.
THE PITCHERS VS. INDIANA
Ohio State hit .336 as a team in the series but solid starting pitching efforts in games one through three led the Buckeyes to victories. Justin Fry, Andy Lee, and E.J. Laratta all threw complete games in the series and combined for a 1.95 earned average in games one, two, and three. That same trio struck out 22 batters in 23 innings of work.
THE HITTERS VS. INDIANA
Jason Trott 6-13 (.462) Chad Ehrnsberger 6-14 (.429) Mike Lockwood 7-17 (.412) Tom Durant 4-10 (.400) Trent McIlvain 3-10 (.300)
Tom Durant 12 games Mike Check nine games Chad Ehrnsberger six games Marcello Garofalo six games
MORE ON FRY
Justin Fry has now pitched a nine-inning complete game in two of his last three starts. Fry, Ohio States all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched, has a 2.52 earned run average in his last three starts. He also has 34 strikeouts in his last four starts (an average of 8.5 per game).
MORE ON LARATTA
Big Ten Freshman of the Year candidate E.J. Laratta has now tossed 26 consecutive innings at home without allowing an earned run. Laratta leads the team with three shutouts, and is just one shy of tying a school record held by three people.
MORE ON LEE
Entering the season, starter Andy Lee had not thrown a complete game in his career. This season, he leads the team with five. Lee is also the second winningest pitcher in school history in terms of winning percentage with a 21-3 overall mark (.875). He enters the Big Ten tournament with a string of three complete games in his last three starts.
FINDING HIS GROOVE…AGAIN
Chad Ehrnsberger showed signs of having the same type of power he had in the beginning of the year against Indiana. Ehrnsberger, who led the Big Ten in hitting at one point this year, went 6-14 with three home runs and eight RBI against the Hoosiers last weekend. His slugging percentage against IU was an amazing 1.143. Ehrnsberger has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. During his current six game hitting streak, he is hitting .450 (9-20).
ON A ROLL
Tom Durant enters the Big Ten Tournament with Ohio States longest current hitting streak at 12 games. He is hitting .317 (13-41) during the streak.
BIG WEEK FOR LOCKWOOD
Mike Lockwood had 10 hits in five games last week and collected three hits in three different games. He batted.455 last week (10-22) with a home run and six RBI. Lockwood has scored at least one run in six consecutive games, and has scored 17 runs in his last 11 games. He has now hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, and is hitting .474 over that stretch (27-57).
ONE FOR THE RECORD
Ohio State closer Cory Cox needs just one save to break a school record for saves in a season. Cox tied the record of nine in one year with a save on May 5 against Oakland. He currently shares the record with Mark Mesewicz, who collected nine saves in 1992.
TURNING OUT IN DROVES
An Ohio State attendance record was broken last Saturday when 4,424 fans poured into Bill Davis Stadium to watch the Buckeyes sweep Indiana. Prior to that game, the largest crowd ever to attend a home OSU baseball game was 3,866 last season against Michigan State (May 9). Last weekend, a total of 9,961 fans turned out over the course of three days to watch the Buckeyes.
SPEAKING OF BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio States success at Bill Davis Stadium this year is unparalleled. Here are the numbers for the Buckeyes at home:
Ohio State is hitting .342 at home, while opponents are hittingjust .263. OSU has outscored its opponents 180-88 at home.
Mike Lockwood (.414) is Ohio States leading hitter at home. ChadEhrnsberger (.373) ranks second, Trent McIlvain is third (.359),and Jason Trott ranks fourth (.356).
Ohio State has hit 25 home runs at home while allowing only10.
Ohio States fielding percentage is .974 at home, while the combinedopponents fielding percentage stands at .952.
OSUs team ERA at home is 3.26, while its opponents ERA is7.47.
E.J. Laratta sports an 0.58 ERA at home and stands 5-0. He hasstruck out 25 in 31 innings and walked only four. He hassurrendered just two earned runs at home all year.
Justin Fry has a 1.56 ERA at home and stands 4-0. He has struck out35 batters in 34 innings.
Andy Lee has a 2.48 ERA at home and stands 4-0. He has struck out27 batters in 29 innings.
OFFENSIVE RECORDS IN REACH
Depending on how far Ohio State advances in the Big Ten Tournament and most likely the NCAA Tournament, the 1999 Buckeyes have a chance to go down as one of the most dangerous offensive teams in school history. Heres how OSUs current offensive totals rank against certain single-season school records:
Runs Year 1. 534 1991 2. 519 1994 3. 489 1995 4. 488 * 1999
Hits Year 1. 695 1995 2. 683 1991 3. 676 1994 4. 641 1992 5. 631 * 1999
RBI Year 1. 477 1991 2. 462 1994 3. 449 1995 4. 436 1996 5. 435 * 1999
Highest Batting Average 1. .354 1994 2. .335 1996 .335 1992 4. .333 * 1999
Most Doubles 1. 142 1997 2. 139 1991 3. 131 1994 4. 127 1995 5. 126 * 1999 * season not complete.
IF YOU WRITE OR TALK ABOUT JUST ONE OHIO STATE GAME THIS YEAR, PERHAPS THIS SHOUD BE THE ONE
Ohio State erupted for one of the finest offensive performances in school history on May 7, 1999, against Michigan State. The Buckeyes used nine home runs and 20 extra-base hits to notch a 34-4 win over the Spartans. The 34 runs scored were the second most every by an OSU team in 119 years of Buckeye baseball and the most since 1902 (that year, OSU beat Capital 44-2). Ohio State set season highs in at-bats (55), runs (34), hits (29), and home runs (9) in that win. OSU third baseman Matt Middleton hit for the cycle in the win.
RECORD TYING PERFORMANCES
Two Ohio State players will have their names etched into the Big Ten record book next season for their performances in a May 7, 34-4 win over Michigan State. Matt Middleton tied two Big Ten records – hits in a game (six) and at-bats in a game (eight). Mike Lockwood also tied the at-bat record with eight. Middleton is just the fourth player in league history – and only the second since 1957 – to collect six hits in one game. Counting Middleton and Lockwood, three players have now recorded eight at-bats in a Big Ten game (T.J. Jackson of Illinois is the other).
The Buckeyes have come from behind to win 15 times overall this season. In 25 Big Ten wins this year, OSU has been forced to come-from-behind eight times (32 percent of the time).
Fry and Lockwood were named to Collegiate Baseballs preseason All-America third team. Fry was a first team preseason selection in 1998. Freshman pitcher Smith was named a first team top freshman by Baseball America.
HOMESTEAD CHALLENGE WINNERS
The Buckeyes went 8-1 at the Homestead Challenge, winning the Final Four Tournament with a 4-2 victory over Harvard.
HURRICANE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
The Buckeyes claimed the 1999 BELLSOUTH Hurricane Diamond Classic with a 3-1 weekend at Coral Gables, Fla. Tom Durant was named to the all-tournament team and MVP and Lee, Jason Turner and McIlvain were also all-tournament selections.
Career Batting Average 1. Jason Trott .407 2. Dan Seimetz (1995-98) .370 3. Alex Eckelman (1994-97) .367 4. Mike Lockwood .364 Robby Cobb (1980-83) .363 6. Brian Mannino (1992-95) .362 7. John Orkis (1981-82) .359
Career Hits 1. Dan Seimetz (1995-98) 287 2. Mark Carek (1995-98) 262 3. Brian Mannino (1992-95) 250 4. Jason Trott 243 5. Alex Eckelman (1994-97) 241 6. Ken Tirpack (1989-92) 237 7. Robby Cobb (1980-83) 233 8. Keith Gonya (1979-82) 228 9. Jeff Anderson (1989-91) 227
Career Runs 1. Mark Carek (1995-98) 217 2. Mike Lockwood 194 3. Dan Seimetz (1995-98) 193 4. Robby Cobb (1980-83) 183 5. Brian Mannino (1992-95) 174
Career Wins 1. Justin Fry 34 2. Pete Perini (1947-50) 30 3. Scott Klingenbeck (1990-92) 28 Tom Schwarber (1987-91) 28
Career Innings Pitched 1. Justin Fry 400.1 2. Pete Perini (1947-50) 305.1 3. Chris Granata (1991-94) 295.1
Career Strikeouts 1. Justin Fry 360 2. Steve Arlin (1965-66) 294 3. Bill Cunningham (1982-85) 281
Fewest Base On Balls (175 or more IP) 1. Bob Spears (1993-96) 45 2. Dick Boggs (1966-68) 75 3. Andy Lee 77
Win-Loss Percentage (14 decisions) 1. Steve Arlin 24-3 (.889) 2. Andy Lee 21-3 (.875) 3. Ken Hay 12-2 (.857) 4. Kurt Fullenkamp 19-4 (.826)