April 6, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State softball team dropped a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon to fifth-ranked Michigan at UM’s Wilpon Complex. The Wolverines won the first game, 10-0, and followed that up with a 9-1 victory in the second game. With the setbacks, the Buckeyes are now 17-18 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten.
Game One: Michigan 10, Ohio State 0
After holding Michigan scoreless for the first three innings, Ohio State gave up three runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth to drop a 10-0 decision.
Starting pitcher Olivia O’Reilly cruised through the first two innings, retiring the Wolverines in order. In the third, Michigan had two on and nobody out but O’Reilly was able to work out of the jam by getting pinch runner Brandi Virgil caught in a rundown at third and Nicole Sappingfield to ground out to first.
Michigan’s three runs in the fourth came on three hits, including a solo home run by Sierra Romero and a two-run shot down the right field line by Taylor Hasselbach. In the fifth, the Wolverines’ seven runs were scored on four hits and two Buckeye errors. The biggest blow was a grand slam by Laruen Sweet.
O’Reilly went 4.1 innings and gave up four earned runs while striking out one. Michigan’s Sara Drisenga earned the win by going five innings and scattering three hits. Offensively, Caitlin Conrad, Jesse Machovina and Cammi Prantl all recorded hits.
Game Two: Michigan 9, Ohio State 1
Hasselbach went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI as Michigan won the second game on Sunday’s doubleheader, 9-1.
The Buckeyes struck first in the top of the second as Prantl led off the frame by getting on base after being hit by a pitch. She then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Melaina Saalfeld, took third via wild pitch and scored on a single from Melissa Rennie. The inning ended, however, on strikeouts from Erika Leonard and Conrad.
Michigan responded with three runs in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Lauren Sweet and run-scoring singles from Nicole Sappingfield and Lyndsey Doyle. The Wolverines tacked on another run in the fifth inning via a solo home run by Hasselbach and ended the game in the sixth with five runs on four hits, including a grand slam by Hasselbach.
Offensively, Rennie went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Prantl had the other Buckeye hit, a single down the right field line. In the circle, Shelby Hush took the loss, going 5.2 innings and giving up nine runs.
Ohio State returns to action on Wednesday, April 9 when it hosts in-state foe Ohio for a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.