Sept. 26, 2004
The Ohio State softball team went 1-1 in day two of the Kent State Fall Invitational Sunday at the Allerton Sports Complex in Kent, Ohio. The Buckeyes beat Northern Kentucky, 4-0, in extra innings and fell to Youngstown State, 5-1.
Against Northern Kentucky, the game was scoreless after seven innings of regulation play. In the top of the ninth, the Buckeyes put senior Meghan Rowlands on second base in accordance with the international tie-breaker rule. Rookie Liz Caputo sacrificed Rowlands to third and Rowlands scored the go-ahead run when sophomore Nycole Koyano reached first on a fielder’s choice.
Sophomore Christina Douglas was hit by pitch to reach first and Koyano stole second. Ashley Cutcliff hit a triple, which scored Koyano and Douglas. Billie Jo Carder singled and sent Cutcliff home, which put the Buckeyes up 4-0 heading into the final half-inning of the game.
Sophomore Jamee Juarez threw 14 strikeouts against Northern Kentucky and was credited with the win.
In the game vs. Youngstown State, the only Buckeye run was scored when Caputo singled and crossed home plate off a Douglas triple. Chelsea Baker pitched three innings and was credited with the loss; Nicole Gragson pitched the final four innings.
The Buckeyes continue fall competition at the 2004 Ohio Charity Classic Oct. 2-3 at the Fred Beekman fields in Columbus, Ohio. The fourth-annual Ohio Charity Classic will host 18 teams from the state of Ohio in order to raise money for breast cancer research.