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Oct. 10, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State pushed across runs in the first and third innings to win a rain-shortened game versus Kent State on Friday evening at Buckeye Field. The game, originally scheduled to be the first of a doubleheader, was called in the middle of the fifth inning. The second game was not played.

At the plate, the top three batters in the Buckeyes’ lineup – Caitlin Conrad, Anna Kirk and Cammi Prantl – had each of Ohio State’s three hits. Conrad blasted a solo home run to left center field to lead off the third inning and Prantl’s RBI single in the first inning scored Kirk. Prantl also scored a run when she stole home in the third inning.

In the circle, Lena Springer continued her stellar fall, going four innings while giving up five hits and one earned run.

In the first inning, some heads up baserunning by Kirk turned what was a one-out single into a double when she slid in just ahead of the tag at second base. The next batter, Prantl, sent a shot past the third basemen to score Kirk, giving Ohio State a 1-0 lead.

The Buckeyes tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third thanks to Conrad’s home run and Prantl’s steal of home.

The only Kent State run of the game was scored on a RBI groundout in the top of the fourth. The Golden Flashes did put together a rally in the top of the fifth, beginning with a lead-off double by Janel Hayes. Shelby Hursh then came on in relief of Springer, and after a wild pitch advanced Hayes to third, Michele Duffy walked, setting up first and third with no outs. Hursh, however, got Erika Warren to pop out to first base, Arika Roush to strike out and Kim Kirkpatrick to fly out deep to center field.