HOOSIERS DROP TWINBILL TO OHIO STATE
May 15, 1999 HOOSIERS DROP TWINBILL TO OHIO STATE
Columbus, OH - In front of a school-record 4,424 fans, the Ohio State Buckeyes swept a doubleheader from Indiana 7-3, 7-0 at Bill Davis Stadium.
With the sweep, the ninth ranked Buckeyes (46-9, 25-2) won the Big Ten Title outright and will host next week's Big Ten Tournament, also at Bill Davis Stadium.
Coupled with Illinois' 9-7 win over Purdue, the Hoosiers (36-17, 13-14) find themselves in fifth place going into tomorrow's action. If Indiana wins its series finale tomorrow against the Buckeyes, Illinois (13-12) must win two of its final three games to qualify for the tournament.
Third place Michigan (15-12) clinched a tournament berth by virtue of its doubleheader split at Penn State today.
Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said, "We needed people to step up and they didn't. We let chances slip away and they (OSU) took advantage of their opportunites."
In game one, senior righthander Andy Lee (8-0) struck out eight in his fifth complete game of the year. Game two starter E.J Laratta (9-2) scattered seven hits and struck out six in blanking the Hooisers.
All three Ohio State starters have tossed complete games in the series.
The Bucks got on the board early in game one when sophomore second baseman Chad Ehrnsberger blasted a two-run home run, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Ohio State extended the lead to 5-1 when the Hoosiers cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth. Freshman Eric Blakely led off with a single and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Chris Alvord. Benji Clause brought him home with a double off the wall in left.
Clause then scored on Blake St. Clair's single to left. Dan Haegele singled and after a Doug DeVore fly out, Frank O'Connell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Indiana failed to cash in when both Brandt Childs and Jason Williams struck out to end the inning.
The Buckeyes put it away in the sixth on Mike Lockwood's two-run double down the right field line. The junior center fielder went 3-4 with three RBI and a runs scored.
Freshman Brad Edwards (4-2) took the loss for Indiana, giving up seven runs and six hits in five innings of work.
Game two belonged to Ohio State as first baseman Jason Trott went 3-4 and Matt Middleton drilled two doubles in going 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Trott did the early damage with a two-run second inning double scoring Mike Check and Lockwood.
Sophomore Zack McClellan (7-1) took the loss for Indiana, his first collegiate loss in 11 decisions.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.(EDT) at Bill Davis Stadium.
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