April 7, 2018

Buckeyes Top Scarlet Knights, 6-2

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – No. 23/24 Ohio State clinched its series with Rutgers behind a 6-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at the RU Softball Complex. The Buckeyes move up to 23-8 (4-4 Big Ten) while the Scarlet Knights drop to 17-18 (2-4 Big Ten).

HOW IT HAPPENED

With a pair of scoreless innings in the books, Ohio State got on the board in the top of the third. Taylor White’s leadoff walk and Bailee Sturgeon’s single to centerfield set up Lilli Piper, whose deep single up the middle gave White time to sprint home.

Shelby McCombs had her eighth home run of the season with a leadoff solo shot over centerfield in the fourth. The scoring continued in the half after a pitch hit Kallie Boren, who was replaced by pinch runner Andi Farrah. Farrah stole second and White singled to centerfield to bring her in, extending the lead to 3-0.

The Buckeyes tacked on three runs off three hits in the sixth. Bri Betschel and Farrah both drew walks before Niki Carver’s sacrifice bunt put them in scoring position. Sturgeon made it count with a single to left center to push a run in. With Piper at the plate, the Scarlet Knights decided to intentionally walk her to stack the bags. Emily Clark and Ashley Goodwindelivered back-to-back RBI singles to open the gap.

Rutgers showed life in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Rebecca Hall and sacrifice fly from Myah Moy for the final 6-2 margin.

IN THE CIRCLE

McCombs (10-2) tossed her fifth complete game of the season, where she allowed two runs and seven hits. The right-handed ace tallied five strikeouts and held the Scarlet Knights to one walk.

CHECK OUT THE STATS

  • It was the ninth straight victory over Rutgers, dating back to 2015.
  • Ohio State has three consecutive games with at least one home run.
  • With 10 hits, the Buckeyes have eight games in double figures this season.
  • Six different Buckeyes drove in a run – Taylor White, Bailee Sturgeon, Lilli Piper, Emily Clark, Ashley Goodwin and Shelby McCombs.
  • Bailee Sturgeon tied her career high with three hits.
  • Andi Farrah posted a career-best two runs.
  • Five players are hitting .400 or better in the series with Rutgers. Piper and McCombs both have a .667 clip, followed by Sturgeon (.571), White (.429), Goodwin (.429) and Betschel (.400).
  • Ohio State has outscored Rutgers 18-5 through two games. The Buckeyes also out-hit the Scarlet Knights, 23-12, and have a .390 batting average.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes look to sweep the series when they face the Scarlet Knights tomorrow at noon.