HOOSIERS KEEP BIG TEN TOURNEY HOPES ALIVE
May 16, 1999 HOOSIERS KEEP BIG TEN TOURNEY HOPES ALIVE
Columbus, OH--Junior rightfielder Doug DeVore's three-run seventh inning home run sparked the Indiana baseball team to an 8-4 win over Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.
DeVore's blast came on a 3-2 count with two outs and Ohio State leading 4-3. The home run, DeVore's 19th of the season, gave Indiana a 6-4 lead and kept the Hoosiers in the hunt for a Big Ten Tournament playoff berth.
Indiana (37-17, 14-14) needs Illinois (14-12) to lose its final two games against Purdue in order to qualify for the tournament, beginning Thursday night at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.
The Hoosiers also became the first team this season to beat the 9th ranked Buckeyes (46-10, 25-3) at Bill Davis Stadium. The Hoosiers also prevented the Bucks from setting a Big Ten record for most wins in a season and best season winning percentage.
Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said, "I'm very proud the way we played today. Stroble got us going and we kept fighting. Whether our season is done or not, we can feel very good about coming in here and being the only team to beat them this season."
Junior reliever Chris Wilson pitched four shutout innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. Ohio State started Kurt Fullencamp gave up five runs in six and two thirds innings of
Indiana struck first in the top of the second thanks to an unlikely power source. With Brandt Childs and Jason Williams aboard, senior first baseman Chris Stroble smacked his first home run of the year down the left field line to give IU its first lead of the series, 3-0.
OSU got a run back in its half of the second and eventually took the lead in the sixth. Mike Lockwood and Tom Durant started things off with singles and Jason Trott was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Chad Ehrnsberger then hit a ground ball that Sam Incandela could not come up with, allowing Lockwood to score and keeping the bases loaded. One out later, Jason Driscoll hit a slow ground ball, allowing Durant to score and advancing Trott to third. Wilson came on in relief of starter Chad Smith and then threw a wild pitch, allowing Trott to score easily and givng OSU a 4-3 lead.
But the Hoosiers refused to quit. With one out, Incandela led off with a single. After a Blake St. Clair fly out, Dan Haegele followed with a single down the right field line to set the stage for DeVore. With a 3-2 count and two out, DeVore took the offering from reliever Kevin Goodrum and slammed it over the left field wall giving IU a 6-4 lead.
If the Hoosiers qualify for the tournament, they would get the fourth seed and face Ohio State in the first round.
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