LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Ohio State softball team fell, 8-2, at Loyola Marymount Tuesday afternoon to end the spring break trip with a 2-4 record in Los Angeles, Calif. The Buckeyes (7-18, 0-0 Big Ten) held a 2-0 lead after the top of the fourth, but the Lions rallied with eight runs in the final three innings to claim the victory.
“Today we didn’t have enough people hitting the ball hard,” head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “Coletta and Goodchild had good at-bats for us in the game, but defensively, we gave up too many hits. Heading into Big Ten play, we need to have a little more consistency at the plate and string more hits together.”
The difference in the game was the long ball as the Lions posted three home runs, including two by second baseman Amy Charpentier, who tallied three RBI. Designated player Samantha Nelson also homered vs. the Scarlet and Gray.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by sophomore Megan Coletta, who sent a two-run home run over the center field wall in the fourth inning. Senior Brittany Goodchild was 2-for-3, while junior co-captain Alicia Herron was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Starting in the circle for the Buckeyes was senior Karisa Medrano, who pitched three scoreless innings to begin the game. However, the native of Albuquerque, N.M., allowed two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth as the Lions began to rally. She falls to 2-9 on the year, pitching four innings with two strikeouts, three walks on five hits against the Lions.
LMU starting pitcher Molly Medeiros improves to 7-4 in 2011, allowing two earned runs on five hits with one walk for the complete game victory
The first three innings of the contest went scoreless. In the top of the fourth, third baseman Coletta put the Buckeyes on top, 2-0, after hitting a two-run home run to dead center field – her first long ball of 2011. Herron was on second base on the play after drawing a walk against Medeiros.
However, the Lions tied up the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the inning after Nelson hit a two-run homer off Medrano over the left field fence. Herron made a nice line-drive catch at shortstop to start a double play to end the LMU rally.
In the fifth, the Lions claimed their first lead of the day when Charpentier sent a 2-1 pitch off Medrano just over the left field fence to make it, 3-2, to lead-off the inning. Following the long ball, Goodchild then came into the circle to relieve the Buckeye starter. After runners reached second and third, Goodchild was called for back-to-back illegal pitches by the first base umpire to give the Lions a 5-2 advantage after five innings.
In the sixth, Freshman catcher Melissa Rennie reached base safely after the LMU shortstop made a fielding error on a pop-up behind second base. However, the Lions got out of the inning as Coletta hit a line drive right at the LMU third baseman, who caught Rennie off the bag to claim the inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the inning, freshman pitcher Kasie Kelly came into the circle for Goodchild after the Lions began their at-bat with a lead-off walk. Following a sacrifice bunt and passed ball, center fielder Danielle Smith dropped a swinging bunt down the third-base line with Coletta running in on the play. The Buckeye third baseman then through it back to Herron at third after she saw Jennifer Naydu off the bag. However, as Naydu turned for home, Herron miss threw the throw into the plate to make it 6-2. The next batter, Charpentier posted her second home run of the day with another shot over the left field wall to extend the Lion’s lead to 8-2.
Ohio State could not start a rally in the final inning as the Buckeyes went down in order. The Lions had a 7-5 advantage on hits against the Buckeyes.
The Scarlet and Gray will now have a travel day tomorrow as the team heads back to Columbus before beginning Big Ten play this weekend. The squad opens the home schedule, hosting Iowa Saturday and Sunday with both games starting at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field.