March 1, 2013
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DeLAND, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team had its five-game win streak snapped by Connecticut, 5-2, Friday afternoon at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 5-3 on the season while the Huskies improve to 4-3.
Connecticut took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second off Ohio State starter Jaron Long. Bryan Daniello was hit by a pitch with two down, stole second and scored on an RBI single to center by Jon Testani.
Ohio State threatened in the bottom of the third against Connecticut starter Anthony Marzi when Kirby Pellant tripled down the right-field line with two down, Ryan Cypret was hit by a pitch and Brad Hallberg walked to load the bases. However, Marzi was able to strike out Aaron Gretz swinging to end the threat and preserve the 1-0 advantage.
The Buckeyes then tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Cypret hit a solo shot to left, his first of the season, to make it a 1-1 game. It could have been more for the Buckeyes but Pellant was ruled to have not touched first base on what looked to be a double down the left-field line for the second out of the inning before Cypret came to the plate.
The Huskies took the lead right back in the top of the sixth when Billy Ferriter led off the inning with a home run to left off Long to give Connecticut at 2-1 lead.
Connecticut then tacked on two more in the top of the seventh to push the lead to 4-1. Tom Verdi singled through the left side to lead off the inning, moved to second on a groundout and, after a walk to Testani, scored on a failed pickoff throw to first by Greg Solomon. Max McDowell, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored on a two-out single to right by Vinny Siena to chase Long from the game and make it a three-run game.
In the meantime, Marzi settled down to retire the final five batters he faced after a Hallberg double in the bottom of the fifth before being lifted for right-hander Pat Butler. The left-hander allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out four over 6.1 innings pitched.
The Huskies added another in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Eric Yavarone to extend the lead to 5-1 before a two-out RBI single by Tim Wetzel scored Joe Ciamacco to cut the lead to 5-2 but that would be as close as the Buckeyes would come as Butler closed it out.
Cypret went 1-for-3 with solo home run for the Buckeyes. Marzi picked up the win for Connecticut while Long suffered his first loss of the season, evening his record at 1-1.
Ohio State faces host Stetson at 7 p.m. Saturday at Melching Field.