April 20, 2018

Buckeyes Beat Spartans in Five, 10-2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State returned to the win column on Friday night at Buckeye Field thanks to a 10-2 five-inning triumph over Big Ten foe Michigan State. The Buckeyes improve to 27-11 overall and 8-6 in the conference while the Spartans drop to 16-22 (4-9 B1G).

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

  • The Spartans opened up with a leadoff double and a groundout to move the runner to third. They plated the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly.
  • Ohio State responded in the home half with two runs on two hits and an error. Bailee Sturgeon got the offense going with a leadoff single to second base. Next up, Ashley Goodwin faced eight pitches to draw a walk before a fly-out put runners on the corners. Staring down two outs, Emily Clark singled to the grass and the right fielder had a miscue trying to field the ball, which allowed her to make it to third while a pair came in.
  • The bottom of the second began with Bri Betschel being hit by a pitch. Becca Gavin singled to center field and Niki Carver walked to load the bases. Sturgeon’s grounder provided enough time for Betschel to slide across home plate.
  • Michigan State used a RBI single to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, in the top of the third.
  • The Buckeyes broke the contest open in the bottom of the third with four runs on three hits. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Taylor White stole second to get into scoring position. Betschel had a RBI single and Gavin came behind her with a RBI double to center. Carver showed she had some power behind her swing as she sent a two-run homer sailing over right center.
  • It was two more runs in the fourth for Ohio State when Shelby McCombs sent a scorcher over the wall on a two-shot home run.
  • Carver was responsible for the final tally to secure the run-rule victory. Gavin had a leadoff walk in the fifth before Carver drilled a double to right field to plate the game-winning run.
  • RHP Morgan Ray picked up her 15th win and 11th complete game of the season. She allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in five innings.

TALKING NUMBERS

  • Niki Carver went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI.
  • Becca Gavin was perfect on the evening – 2-for-2, two runs, one RBI.
  • Shelby McCombs knocked her 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot.
  • Seven different Buckeyes recorded a hit – Bailee Sturgeon, Carley Gaskill, Shelby McCombs, Emily Clark, Bri Betschel, Becca Gavin and Niki Carver.
  • Lilli Piper has successfully gotten on base in 13 straight games.
  • As a team, Ohio State hit .450 (9-20) while limiting Michigan State to a .235 (4-17) clip.
  • The leadoff batter reached base in every inning.
  • The Buckeyes drove in four runs with two outs.

UP NEXT

Ohio State and Michigan State return to Buckeye Field for a 2 p.m. ET matchup.