May 10, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Mark Mulder set a new standard for strikeouts in a single season at Michigan State in Game One of a doubleheader with Ohio State. The Buckeyes' Eric Thompson stole the show in the opener, however, tossing a no-hitter to lead the home team to a 3-0 win. OSU then took Game Two, 5-4 in nine innings.
Mulder (6-6) fanned eight while walking none in a complete-game outing. He snapped Mel Behney's 1968 record of 107 strikeouts in a season at MSU in the second inning. Mulder finishes the season with 113 strikeouts, in what may have been his final pitching appearance before the June major league baseball draft, in which he is expected to be a top-five selection.
But Thompson's no-hitter - the first at Ohio State since April 23, 1989 - kept MSU off the board. He allowed just two balls to leave the infield.
Ohio State won Game Two on a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth by right fielder Mike Durant.
Michigan State finishes the season at 25-26 (8-15 Big Ten) following the pair of losses. Ohio State (36-14, 17-9) clinches a spot in the Big Ten playoffs with the victories.