JACKSONVILLE, FL (March 6) - Buckeye outfielder Mike Rabin hit a two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning and Cody Caughenbaugh came around to score the game-winning run as Ohio State defeated the University of Connecticut baseball team in dramatic fashion by a score of 4-3 at the Kennel Club Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. The Huskies slip to 0-4 on the season and OSU improves to 3-5.
UConn built a 3-1 lead through 6.5 innings but the Buckeyes countered with one run in each of the last three innings to take home the victory.
Senior tri-captain Mike James (Roswell, GA) made his second-career start for the Huskies and hurled 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits while allowing two runs and striking out four. James exited the game with a 3-1 lead, and sophomore Tim Norton (Pascoag, RI) gave up one unearned run in 0.2 innings of relief.
Trent Luyster pitched 8.1 innings for OSU, giving up three runs on nine hits. Trey Fausnaugh threw the final 0.2 innings for the Buckeyes for the win.
Jeff Hourigan (Beacon Falls, CT) drove in Russ DArgento (Marlboro, MA) in the first inning, giving the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. DArgento led the game off with a single to left. UConn extended its lead to 2-0 in the third with some textbook small ball. DArgento once again led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a bunt single by Tony Mallozzi (Westboro, MA). Bryan Maler (Ansonia, CT) laid down a sac bunt that advanced DArgento to third and Mallozzi to second. Hourigan then notched his second RBI of the afternoon with a sac bunt of his own, allowing DArgento to score.
OSU would score one in the bottom of the fourth but the Huskies answered with a run in the sixth after Mike Leonard (Vernon, CT) scored on an error.
However, OSU would score one run in each of the last three innings on its way to the win. All three runs scored with two outs.
Marc Peluso (Pawcatuck, CT) continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 on the afternoon, and Mallozzi and DArgento each went 2-for-5 for UConn.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday, March 7 when they take on Illinois State at 2:30 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla.