Ohio State Rallies For 4-2 Win Against Baseball
March 21, 2005
Bradenton, Fla. - Ohio State designated hitter Cody Caughenbaugh roped a two-run double off of University of Illinois at Chicago starter Zach Peterson in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Buckeyes rally for the 4-2 non-conference victory over UIC, snapping the Flames' five-game winning streak at IMG Academy on Monday afternoon.
Peterson (1-1) performed admirably in his first start of the season, allowing just four hits in his first seven innings pitched, before running into trouble in the eighth inning.
Trailing 2-1, Ohio State opened the frame by loading the bases behind a pair of singles and a throwing error by Peterson. Buckeyes' third baseman Ronnie Borquin stepped to the plate and tied the game up at two-apiece with a sacrifice fly, setting the stage for Caughenbaugh's heroics.
With the victory, Ohio State improves to 8-4 overall, while the Flames fall to 5-9 on the campaign.
UIC took the brief 2-1 advantage over Ohio State in the top of the seventh inning, as freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg (2-for-3, RBI) plated senior center fielder Mike Bruszer (3-for-4, run) with a sacrifice fly.
Errors plagued UIC in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Ohio State had runners at first and third with one out, with the Flames' ahead 1-0.
Buckeye outfielder Mike Rabin rolled a grounder to UIC shortstop Jeff Gremley. Gremley began what was to be an inning-ending, double-play throw to second baseman Nick Rainwater. Rainwater dropped the toss, allowing the tying run to cross home plate to even the score at 1-apiece.
Ohio State reliever Trey Fausnaugh (1-0) picked up the victory for the Buckeyes, holding the Flames hitless in 2.2 innings of work.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, as they will conclude their Spring Break trip against Vermont at 2:00 p.m. (CST).