COLUMBUS, Ohio – A big third inning by Purdue was too much to overcome for the Ohio State softball team as the Buckeyes fell to Purdue, 7-0, Saturday at Buckeye Field. The win moves the Boilermakers to 4-3 in the conference and 26-12 overall while Ohio State dips to 2-7 and 10-26 overall.
Purdue did all of its damage in the third inning, plating a total of seven runs on eight hits. Tori Chiodo led off the inning with line drive double to right-center. Two batters later Andie Varsho singled home Chiodo to make the score 1-0. Purdue then quickly made the score 3-0 on a home run to right center by Lindsey Rains. An RBI single by Lauren Grant made it 4-0 before Chiodo made it 5-0 with an RBI single. The very next batter Molly Garst made it 7-0 on a two RBI single up the middle.
Purdue starter Suzie Rzegocki (22-11) went the distance for the Boilermakers, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out five. Ohio State’s Karisa Medrano (5-15) took the loss, giving up six hits and five runs through 2.2 innings of work.
Kasie Kelly came on in relief for the Buckeyes in the third inning and allowed just two runs through the final 4.1 innings. She settled down after the third inning and allowed only four hits and zero runs the rest of the way while fanning four.
“I thought our at-bats throughout the game got better,” head coach Linda Kalafatis said after the game. “We hit a lot of pitches hard, but everything seemed to be right at them. We’re going to see (Rzegocki) again, we know that. So we need to start that attack a little earlier. And when we bring a new pitcher into the game, we need to be a little better prepared and be a little tougher mentally so we can stop the bleeding earlier.”
Ohio State and Purdue will meet again at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Buckeye Field.