May. 1, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After winning three consecutive Big Ten games to begin the weekend, the Ohio State softball team was dealt an 8-0 loss by Purdue Sunday in game two of a double-header at Buckeye Field. Boilermaker pitcher Brooke Baker was able to keep the hot Buckeye bats in check, but not before Ohio State (27-15, 7-7 Big Ten) was able to climb over four teams this weekend into a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten standings.
Purdue, one of the four teams the Buckeyes jumped over in the standings, improves to 32-22-1 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten.
“We were a game away from having a great weekend,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “But if you can win three of four Big Ten games every weekend you’ll be in great shape. It was a disappointing end to the weekend, but Purdue made some changes (from game one) and hit some balls that went their way. We had some opportunities but didn’t get it done.”
Ohio State sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson), coming off three consecutive complete game victories this weekend including the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win in the opener Sunday, saw her six game winning streak snapped as she pitched into the fifth inning in game two before the Boilermakers finally forced her from the circle. Juarez, who struck out two batters in the game to bring her weekend total to 24 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched, suffered the loss to see her record move to 21-11 on the season. She is three wins away from the Ohio State single-season record of 24 set by Genice Turley in 1994.
The Buckeyes were held to four hits, all singles, in the six-inning affair. Freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) went 2-for-2, while sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) and junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) both added a hit. Purdue scored two runs in the first inning and got two runners aboard in the second inning, but Juarez was able to work out of the jam. Juarez then pitched a perfect third and fourth inning before the Boilermaker bats came alive in the fifth inning for four runs.
Junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) relieved Juarez with two outs in the fifth inning. She worked through two outs in the sixth inning before giving way to freshman Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson).
Ohio State will host Akron Tuesday and travel to Pittsburgh Wednesday before taking on Penn State, the current No. 4 team in the Big Ten standings, Saturday and Sunday in league games that will help determine seeding for the Big Ten tournament, hosted May 12-14 by the regular season champion.
### GO BUCKS! ###