April 29, 2018

Buckeyes Sweep Terps on Senior Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State sent its seniors out on a high note as it swept Maryland with a 5-2 win at Buckeye Field on Senior Day. The Buckeyes extended their win streak to six games and have a 32-11 record and 13-6 Big Ten mark. The Terrapins fall to 18-33 overall and 7-13 in conference play.

THANK YOU, SENIORS

Following Sunday’s game, Ohio State honored its 2018 seniors – Becca Gavin, Ashley Goodwin, Maddie Marotti, Shelby McCombs, Bailee Sturgeon, Alex Vargas and Taylor White. The seven-member senior class is responsible for 131 Buckeye victories over the past four seasons, including 53 Big Ten wins. They have earned their spot in the record books as the 10th all-time winningest senior class in program history.

HOW THEY SCORED

After three scoreless innings, the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Emily Clark reached on a fielding miscue by the third baseman and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then Kallie Boren entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a walk. Facing two outs, Becca Gavindoubled to center field to send the pair across the plate.

Maryland responded in the top of the fifth. A set of walks had runners on first and second before Brigette Nordberg had a two-RBI double to tie the contest at 2-all.

Ohio State used a three-run, three-hit home frame to secure the dub. Bailee Sturgeon got the offense going on a single up the middle and Lilli Piper walked to put two on. The Terps made a pitching change, which benefitted the Buckeyes as Shelby McCombs connected on a RBI double to left center. The extra-base hits continued when Clark punched a double to left center to drive in two runs for the final 5-2 margin.

IN THE CIRCLE

McCombs notched her second win of the series and 15th on the season during 5.1 innings in the circle. She allowed four hits, two runs and struck out four Terps. In 1.2 innings of relief, Morgan Ray had two strikeouts and did not give up a hit. She was credited with a save for her efforts.

BUCKEYE NUGGETS

  • It is the third straight year the Buckeyes have taken all three games against the Terps.
  • Ohio State had 14 extra-base hits against Maryland in the series.
  • On the weekend, Niki Carver hit .625 with five hits, four runs, two RBI, a double, triple, home run and 1.375 slugging percentage.
  • Emily Clark chipped in seven RBI, four runs, four hits, two homers, a double and triple. She batted .400, had a 1.300 slugging percentage and recorded a spotless 1.000 fielding percentage.
  • Bailee Sturgeon, Shelby McCombs and Lilli Piper each tallied five hits. McCombs had four RBI, two doubles and a home run while Piper added six RBI, five runs, a double and homer.
  • Pitching duo Morgan Ray and Shelby McCombs held Maryland to a .208 batting average and five hits for extra bases. They combined for a 2.80 ERA in 20 innings with 14 strikeouts.
  • Lilli Piper has reached base in 18 consecutive games.
  • Bailee Sturgeon is on a seven-game hitting streak, followed by Niki Carver and Shelby McCombswith six consecutive outings with a hit. Emily Clark has four-game hitting streak and has gotten on base in the last six.
  • Head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly now has 195 wins during her six seasons at the helm for Ohio State. Over her 12-year career, she has amassed 383 victories.
  • Ohio State clinched its fifth Big Ten series and fourth sweep of the campaign.