May 4, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa’s Erin Erickson hit a two-out, two-run walk off home run as the Hawkeyes edged Ohio State, 3-2, on the final day of the 2014 regular season. The Buckeyes (28-24, 13-10 B1G) saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end.
Ohio State will now prepare for the Big Ten Tournament, which takes place May 8-10 on the campus of Northwestern University. Official seeding and match-ups will be announced by the conference tonight.
The Hawkeyes had the game’s first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second when they loaded the bases with two outs on two hits and a walk. Hursh was able to work out of the jam by striking out Alyssa Navarro.
In the top of the second, Leesa Gresham stayed hot when she singled to center field. It was her fifth hit of the series and eighth in the last five games. Melanie Iacoangeli came on to pinch run for Gresham and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. A groundout by Anna Kirk allowed her to take third and she eventually came home on an error by Iowa first basemen Kaitlyn Mullarkey.
Iowa had two more base runners in the bottom of the second, but a play at the plate that resulted in Michelle Zoeller being tagged out by Melissa Rennie and a pop up in foul territory to Anna Kirk ended the threat.
Ohio State had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the third but Iowa’s Kayla Massey was able to get Melaina Saalfeld to pop out in foul territory. In the next inning, Iowa threatened with a leadoff double to center field and had runners on the corners with two outs, but Olivia O’Reilly, who came on to relieve Hursh, got Navarro to pop up to second.
O’Reilly worked around a double by Michelle Zoeller in the bottom of the fourth and got a ground out and fly out to right field to end the inning. In the top of the fifth, Ohio State was able to extend its lead to 2-1 on a RBI single to left field by sophomore Jayla Saibene. Iowa got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out double by Kayla Massey. She was stranded at second, however, by Navarro, who grounded back to O’Reilly to end the inning.
Hursh came back on in relief in the sixth inning and got a key two-out strikeout of Holly Hoffman to end the frame. In the seventh, Iowa’s Kayla Massey hit a leadoff double and was sacrificed over to third on a bunt from Navarro.