AUBURNDALE, Fla. – No. 22 Ohio State dropped a hard-fought 3-1 decision in 10 innings to Rollins Wednesday evening in Auburndale.
Dean Wolosiansky was the tough-luck loser, going 9.1 innings, giving up nine hits, three earned runs and striking out six. Outfielder Zach Hurley stayed hot on the spring break trip, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Rollins used three singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to take the lead. Zach Hurley was hit to lead off the 10th but Cory Kovanda grounded into a double play and Dan Burkhart flew out to left to end the game.
Both pitchers came out strong as it was scoreless through 3 1/2 innings but the Buckeyes struck first when Zach Hurley drove home Matt Streng with a two-out double down the left field line as Ohio State led 1-0 after four.
The Tars answered back to tie it at one with three consecutive two-out singles in the sixth.
The Buckeyes threatened in the ninth after Brad Hallberg singled to lead off the inning and Brian DeLucia moved him over with a sacrifice bunt but back-to-back flyouts to center ended the inning and sent the game to extras.
Ohio State (13-6) closes out its spring break trip 1 p.m. Thursday at Webber International.
– Hurley has produced a multi-hit game in five of six games on this spring break trip. It was Zach’s 11th multi-hit game of the season.
– The start was Dean Wolosiansky’s longest of his career. His previous best was 7.0 innings.
– Wolosiansky tossed a five-pitch seventh inning and a four-pitch eighth inning.
– The game was the Buckeyes first extra-inning game of the season.
– Apparently it was Little Jerry’s birthday last night at the steakhouse next to the hotel. Thanks to the waitress for the ice cream sundae.
– On the topic of food, props to athletic trainer Mike Sypniak for the pregame meal find of the year today.
– Severe power problems at Lake Myrtle Park today as the outlets in the area behind home plate where the SID’s sat were not working. Luckily for us, Nate, Rollins’ head SID who was doing radio for the game, ran out and grabbed an extension cord and power strip so everything could go smoothly.