Oct. 1, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team came away with a pair of wins on the final day of the 17th annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic. The Buckeyes began the morning with a 5-0 victory for Team Gray over Toledo and Team Scarlet bested Eastern Michigan, 10-3, to wrap up the afternoon.
Game One: Team Gray 5, Toledo 0
In the bottom of the fourth, Lilli Piper had a leadoff double to energize the offense. Emily Clark singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw to put two in scoring position before a wild pitch allowed Piper to sprint home. Becca Gavin lifted a double to right field to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Rockets threatened in the fifth after a single, error and walk stacked the bags but the Buckeyes were able to get the final out.
Spencer Sansom punched in a single and Megan McMenemy doubled to the left before Bailee Sturgeon hit a RBI single in the home frame of the fifth. Piper followed up with a single of her own for a tally and a fielding error by the Rockets’ shortstop let in one more.
Game Two: Team Scarlet 10, Eastern Michigan 3
In 2.2 innings of relief, Shelby McCombs only let in one hit and fanned two batters to earn the win. Skylar Hayward started the game and lasted 3.1 innings, in which she allowed four hits and three runs. MJ James made an appearance as well in the final inning and gave up a hit.
EMU cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the fourth on two RBI singles and a bases-loaded walk. Megan Choinacky’s double along with McComb’s single put Buckeyes on the corners and Bri Betschel used a sacrifice fly to get the run in the home half.
In the fifth, Piper launched a double to the wall, Clark singled and Boren walked to load the bases. Nicholson brought a run in on a single and McCombs had a two-RBI single to pad the lead, 8-3.
Ohio State stacked the bags for the third time in the sixth. Clark’s third hit of the game was good for two runs.
McCombs was 3-for-3 against the Eagles. Through two games, Piper had a .750 batting average with three hits, two doubles, two runs and a RBI. Clark also stood out by adding four hits, four RBI, three runs and a double to the mix.
As a team, the Buckeyes combined for 21 hits on the day, including 13 against EMU.