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BASEBALL: Dufner's RBI single in 10th Gives Hens First NCAA Win Since 1992
May 25, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sophomore shortstop Kris Dufner delivered an RBI single with two outs in the top of the 10th inning for the winning run as the University of Delaware upended host and No. 2 seed Ohio State 5-4 in an NCAA baseball regional first round game Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
Dufner's run-scoring single made a winner of senior Vic Sage (11-2), who relieved starter Rich McGuire with two outs in the ninth inning and then held the No. 28 ranked Buckeyes without a run in the 10th inning for the win. Ohio State pinch-hitter Lance Rolston hit a long drive to the warning track in right field with one runner on but Delaware's Chris Kolodzey gathered it in to end the game.
Delaware, making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, snapped a nine-game losing streak in NCAA Tournament play with its first victory since downing UMBC 6-5 in 10 innings in 1992 in Miami. The Hens, who have now won 12 of their last 13 games, improved to 45-13, tying a school record for wins in a season. Ohio State, the Big 10 regular season champion, fell to 43-17.
"This is a tremendous win for our program," said first-year Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. "We got some key hits at big times tonight and I can't say enough about the great pitching efforts we got from Rich and Vic."
Ohio State opened the scoring with two runs in the second on a sacrifice fly by John Mayor and an RBI single by catcher Joe Wilkins but the Hens came back to tie the score with two runs of their own in the third as second baseman Andrew Salvo delivered a two-run double.
The Hens went up 3-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by Reid Gorecki but the Buckeyes came back with two more in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. Nick Swisher hit a two-out single that scored two runs for OSU.
Delaware, which is now 6-1 in extra inning games this season, tied the game with a run in the eighth on an infield hit by Kolodzey scored Salvo.
The Hens got the game-winner in the 10th as Kolodzey singled, moved to second on a throwing error by Ohio State reliever Brandon Steen (4-4), and advanced to third when pinch-hitter Doug Eitelman grounded out. Eitelman had pinch hit for UD catcher John Schneider who suffered a possible broken index finger on his right hand during his at bat. Dufner then hit the game-winner to rightfield off Cory Cox.
Sage, Delaware's all-time leader in pitching appearances with 71, put the Buckeyes down in the 10th. Doug Dendinger led off with a walk and moved to second on balk after Swisher flew out to leftfield. Sage then struck out Doug Deeds looking, bringing up Rolston. Rolston lifted a deep fly to right field, but Kolodzey made the running catch on the warning track to end the game.
McGuire went 8 2/3 innings for Delaware, allowing five hits, four runs, and walking seven with three strikeouts. Ohio State starter E.J. Laratta lasted 7 1/3 innings before giving way to Steen with one out in the eighth inning.