April 19, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Ashley Cutcliff hit her 13th-career home run and Chelsea Baker pitched six solid innings as the Buckeye softball team scored all seven of its runs in the first three innings on its way to a 7-3 win over host Wright State (11-15, 3-5 Horizon) Tuesday to complete a double-header sweep of the Raiders in Fairborn, Ohio. Ohio State (22-14, 4-6 Big Ten) moves on to face two ranked Big Ten teams on the road this weekend as the Buckeyes take on No. 15 Northwestern in Evansville, Ill., Fri. and Sat. and travel to No. 1 Michigan Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., for a twin bill on ESPNU.
Cutcliff (Zionsville, Ind./U. of Florida), who also homered in the first game Tuesday, launched her two-run shot in the first inning to move into a tie for fourth place with Renae Weigel (1997-00) on the Ohio State career home run list. The Buckeyes would tack on three more runs in the second inning and another in the third to keep Wright State’s three-run rally in the sixth inning from being enough.
“It was definitely nice to play a lot of people today and we tried to work on some of the things we haven’t been doing so well,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “We need to keep working on those things, though, but we did play two solid games today.”
The six inning outing for Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) matched her season’s best effort, which came in the 2005 season opener Feb. 18 against Rutgers in Boca Raton, Fla. Baker struck out five, the most since striking out six against Rutgers, and scattered six hits, all singles.
Senior co-captain Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) went 3-for-4 at the plate for her fourth career three hit game. It raises her career average to .333 (136-for-409), which ranks eighth on Ohio State’s career batting average list. Sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the second inning, while freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the same frame. Evans’ first single drove in OSU’s third run of the inning, while freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) lifted a RBI sacrifice fly in the third inning to round out the scoring for the Buckeyes.
Freshman Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out the side, to notch her fourth-consecutive outing (5.2 innings pitched) without giving up an earned run.
### GO BUCKS! ###