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Oct. 4, 2004

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The Ohio State softball team posted a 3-0 record Friday in the first day of The 2004 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus. The Buckeyes topped Kent State, 5-1, in the opening game of the Classic, then posted two shutouts, topping Akron, 1-0, and Bowling Green, 3-0.

Eighteen teams from the state of Ohio are competing in the fourth-annual tournament benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

In the opener, OSU sophomore pitcher Jamee Juarez struck out the first four Kent batters of the game and ended with 10 strikeouts, while at the plate her two-out, two-RBI triple in the first inning gave the Buckeyes a lead they would not give up on their way to the 5-1 win. Juarez finished 3-for-4 at the plate, while sophomore Christina Douglas was 3-for-4 and sophomore Megan Schwab was 2-for-2.

Freshman pitcher Nicole Gragson pitched a complete game shutout in the second game in leading Ohio State to the 1-0 win over Akron. The game was scoreless until the seventh inning when the Buckeyes hit three consecutive singles, the last of which came from senior Meghan Rowlands for the game-winning RBI. Senior Ashley Cutcliff led off the inning with a single and gave way to pinch runner freshman Stephanie Hill, who moved to second on a single by junior Billie Jo Carder and then scored on Rowlands’ hit.

In the nightcap, Ohio State pitchers Chelsea Baker and Andrea Tribuzi combined for four strikeouts as the Buckeyes topped the Falcons, 3-0. Freshman Brittany Vanderink smacked a two-run triple in the fifth inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Karisa Evans. Senior Jennifer Johnson was 2-for-3 at the plate, while Douglas was 2-for-3 with a double.