May 25, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Delaware Fighting Blue Hens posted a 5-4 victory over host Ohio State in 10 innings in the NCAA Baseball Columbus Regional tonight in front of 2,629 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.
With the win, Delaware advances to play Mississippi State at 3:35 Saturday, while Ohio State will face Kent State at 12:05. In the first extra-inning game of the regional, the Bulldogs topped the Golden Flashes, 9-8, in 10 innings.
Reliever Vic Sage earned the win for Delaware, allowing no runs and no hits in 1.1 innings. Brandon Steen took the loss for the Buckeyes. He gave up two hits and one earned run in 2.0 innings of work.
Delaware starter Rich McGuire went 8.2 innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs. Ohio State starter E.J. Laratta pitched 7.1 innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs. The Delaware pitching staff held Ohio State to just five hits in 10 innings.
Ohio State scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the second. First baseman Nick Swisher led off the inning with a single, which rightfielder Doug Deeds followed with a walk. Centerfielder Steve Caravati fouled out, with the runners advancing on the throw. Third baseman John Mayor hit a long fly ball to center field, allowing Swisher to score on the sacrifice. Deeds moved to third on the play. Catcher Joe Wilkins then had an infield hit, driving Deeds home.
In the top of the third, the Blue Hens tied the game at two. Delaware shortstop Kris Dufner began the inning with a walk before first baseman Steve Harden singled. Casey Fahy, the designated hitter, grounded into a fielder’s choice, taking Harden from the basepaths and advancing Dufner to third. The Blue Hens tied the game with Andrew Salvo’s two-run double to left-center field.
The score remained tied at two until Delaware took the lead in the top of the fifth. Harden started the top of the fifth with a fly-out to centerfield. Fahy then reached base after being hit with a Laratta pitch. Fahy stole second and advanced to third on a Salvo groundout. Reid Gorecki, the leftfielder, singled to center to drive Fahy home and give the Blue Hens their first lead of the game, 3-2.
The Buckeyes rallied with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Designated hitter Mike Harris reached base on a walk before Check singled to move him to third. McGuire walked leftfielder Doug Dendinger to load the bases. With a full count, Swisher dropped a single into shallow right field to drive two runs home and put Ohio State up, 4-3. The inning ended as Swisher was thrown out trying to advance to second.
Delaware tied the game in the top of the eighth. The Blue Hens’ Salvo started the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on Gorecki’s infield hit. Third baseman Peter Maestrales’ fielder’s choice took Gorecki off the basepaths and moved Salvo to third. Rightfielder Chris Kolodzey’s hit went off Ohio State pitcher Laratta for an infield single that scored Salvo and tied the game at four. Brandon Steen then entered the game for Laratta.
The Fighting Blue Hens went up by one (5-4) in the top of the 10th. Maestrales walked to lead off the inning, but was caught stealing with Kolodzey hitting. Kolodzey then had a single to left to reach base. He advanced to second on Steen’s error on a throw over to first and Vukovich then walked. The Buckeyes’ Cory Cox was brought in to relieve Steen at that point. John Schneider was the first hitter Cox faced, but he was injured while in the batter’s box and replaced with pinch hitter Doug Eitelman with the count 1-2. Eitelman hit into a fielder’s choice, moving Kolodzey to third. Dufner gave the Blue Hens the lead with a RBI single to right with two outs to score Kolodzey for the game-winning run.
Ohio State head coach Bob Todd
“First I’d like to say congratulations to Delaware. They played a very sound ballgame. McGuire was a crafty who competed and did a good job on the mound.
“In the tournament you play good competition like Delaware. We gave them the leadoff man on base four times. Those things can come back and haunt you.”
Delaware head coach Jim Sherman
“All I can say is wow. This is a tremendous win for our program. I feel somewhat bad for Ohio State, playing in front of its home crowd. But not bad enough to give them a win.
“We lived off the big hits and balls in the gap. I am tickled to death. I can not say enough about Rich McGuire and our team.”