HOOSIERS FALL TO BUCKEYES
May 14, 1999 HOOSIERS FALL TO BUCKEYES
Columbus, OH - The ninth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 10-2 Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.
Combined with Michigan State's 5-3 victory over Minnesota, OSU (44-9, 23-2) claims the Big Ten regular season title for the 13th time in school history and sixth time in the '90s.
Indiana (36-15, 13-12) remains in fourth place in the Big Ten as third place Michigan (14-11) lost to Penn State and fifth place Illinois (12-12) did not play today.
Senior righthander Justin Fry (9-1) went the distance for the Bucks, picking up the win by scattering nine hits, allowing two runs and striking out eight.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead on a three-run home run by Trent McIlvain in the bottom of the second. Matt Middleton led off the inning with a single to right.John Mayor followed with a walk. McIlvain then drilled his fourth home run of the season over the left field wall.
The Hoosiers scored their first run of the game in the top of the third. Sam Incandela started off the inning with a single. Blake St. Clair then doubled to knock in Incandela and cut the Buckeye lead to 3-1.
Indiana added another run in the sixth inning. Dan Haegele singled to
lead off the inning. Doug DeVore followed with a double. Two batters later,
Ohio State extended its lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Lockwood singled to start things off. Following a walk to Jason Trott, Chad Ehrnsberger doubled into the left-centerfield gap to score both runners. Jason Turner singled Ehrnsberger home for the Buckeyes' third run of the inning.
The Buckeyes added four more runs in the seventh. McIlvain's one out double started the attack. After a Lockwood single, Tom Durant hit a sacrifice fly to score Ohio State's first run of the inning. Trott doubled to score Lockwood and Ehrnsberger nailed his 12th home run of the season, a two-run blast putting OSU up 10-2.
Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said, "We played tentative, we didn't take it to them. We didn't compete and I'm disappointed by that."
The teams will resume the series with a double header tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. (EDT).
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