WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Ohio State pounded out 14 hits en route to a 12-6 comeback win over Yale Saturday morning at Chain of Lakes Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-4 while Yale drops to 3-5.
Yale jumped out to the early lead, plating a run in the top of the first. After a groundout to lead off the inning, Gant Elmore walked and advanced to second when Tyler Engle was unable to come up with a ground ball off the bat of Andy Megee. Buckeye starter Dean Wolosiansky followed by striking out cleanup hitter Trey Rallis but Charlie Neil looped a two-out single into left to score the first run of the game.
After going down in order in the first, the Buckeyes answered back to tie the game in the second. Matt Streng singled up the middle with one out and, after a strikeout of Brad Hallberg, Brad Hutton came to the plate and laced a two-out double down the right field line to score Streng and even the game at one.
The Bulldogs then responded with one in the third when Rallis singled up the middle with two down to score Cale Hanson, who led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Elmore. Yale then added to its lead with a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Cam Squires to score Jacob Hunter, who had reach on a one-out walk.
The Scarlet and Gray answered right back in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the lead to 3-2 when Hallberg singled up the middle with one down and scored on a two-out double down the left field line by Greg Solomon.
The Bulldogs then pushed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Hunter grounded a two-out single through the left side to score Neil, who had stolen second after a one-out walk.
However, the Buckeyes answered back with four in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. With one down, Josh Dezse singled and Brian DeLucia reached on an error by the second baseman. After Streng struck out for the second out of the inning, Hallberg singled through the right side to score Dezse and Hutton singled to left to plate DeLucia and Hallberg. David Corna then came to the plate and doubled down the left field line to score Hutton from first and give the Buckeyes a two-run lead.
Ohio State tacked on one more in the sixth to extend the Buckeye advantage to 7-4. Cypret walked with one down and stole second after Dezse lined out to left. DeLucia then stepped to the plate and knocked a two-out double to left-center to score Cypret.
The Buckeyes then took advantage of a pair of walks, a hit batter, a balk and a two-run single by Solomon to score three in the seventh and increase the lead to 10-4. Steel Russell then capped the Buckeye scoring in the eighth with a two-run, pinch-hit single to score Hallberg and Joe Ciamacco.
Hallberg went 2-for-3 with an RBI and four runs scored while Hutton and Solomon each had two hits and three RBI. Wolosiansky picked up his first win of the season to even his record at 1-1, giving up three earned on five hits while striking out three over five innings of work.
The Buckeyes wrap up the weekend against Army at 11 a.m. Sunday in Auburndale, Fla.
– Ryan Cypret extended his career best hitting streak to nine games.
– After getting off to a slow start with a .176 batting average through the first four games, Cypret has gone 11 for his last 22 to push is average to .359.
– Dean Wolosiansky picked up his first win of the season and 23rd of his career to put him in a tie for 14th on the Ohio State career wins list.
– Josh Dezse has a hit in nine of 10 games this season.
– Eight of nine Buckeye starters recorded a hit against Yale.
– The Sunday game between Ohio State and Army has been moved to an 11 a.m. start in Auburndale, Fla. The address is 905 Lake Myrtle Park Rd. for Buckeye fans looking to attend the game.
– The Buckeyes were greeted at Chain of Lakes Park bright and early with a solid mix of oldies on the stadium sound system.