April 16, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind a three-hit shutout from freshman Kim Reeder, the Ohio State softball team won its 10th-consecutive game and improved to 13-0 at Buckeye Field this season with a 9-0 win over Minnesota Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (28-14, 8-2 Big Ten) sweep their third-consecutive Big Ten opponent and scored 18 runs Sunday against the Gophers (12-25, 1-11 Big Ten).
The 10-game winning streak is the fifth-best in OSU history as the Buckeyes improve to 19-4 in their last 23 games. Depending on results from around the Big Ten Sunday, Ohio State could gain a share of the league lead with three weeks to play.
“We have been emphasizing defense a lot lately and it came through today,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “And as long we keep swinging the bats and pitching like that we’ll be competitive. This team loves challenges and we met the challenge today. Next week is a whole new challenge, first in the non-conference games and then with Michigan and Michigan State.”
Like it did in the first game Sunday, Ohio State scored five runs in the first inning on four hits and three walks. The Buckeyes added four runs in the second inning and Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) held the Gophers hitless through four innings as OSU notched the five-inning mercy rule win. The three consecutive Big Ten sweeps is the first for the Buckeyes since they swept six straight league foes in 2002.
Retiring 10 of the first 11 batter she faced, Reeder improves to 4-0 in the Big Ten and 12-6 on the season. She struck out three and walked only one and has now won eight of her last nine decisions.
Three Buckeyes had two hits each, including senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina), who drove in three runs with a first inning single and a second-inning double. Junior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) hit a two-RBI double in the first inning and freshman Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet) hit a two-RBI triple, her second of the day, in the second inning.
Junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) and sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) had two hits and scored two runs. Koyano stole her Big Ten-leading 22nd base of the season.
Ohio State returns to action at 5 p.m. Tuesday when the Buckeyes host IUPUI in a doubleheader.
### GO BUCKS! ###