April 8, 2018

Five Home Runs Powers 10-3 Triumph at Rutgers

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Five home runs and 13 hits highlighted another spectacular offensive day for No. 23/24 Ohio State as it completed the series sweep of Rutgers Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 win. The Buckeyes jump to 24-8 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten while the Scarlet Knights fall to 17-19 (2-5 B1G).

IN A NUTSHELL

Lilli Piper did not waste any time as she swung on the first pitch she saw for a two-run homer over right field in the opening frame.

Rutgers joined the scoring in the bottom of the third after back-to-back walks put a pair on and Rebecca Hall hit an RBI single to right field.

The Buckeyes returned the favor in the fourth when Ashley Goodwin connected on the first pitch and drove the ball over left field for a solo home run.

Ohio State busted the game open in the top of the fifth with four runs on three hits. It all started with Taylor White in the leadoff spot, who drilled her first home run of the season straight down the middle. Bailee Sturgeon beat a full count for a walk and Piper launched her second two-shot homer of the day over left field. Amy Balich came in as a pinch runner for Emily Clark who drew a walk. Balich got a good jump and stole second before Becca Gavin drove her in on an RBI double down the left field line.

After a fielder’s choice put one on, Nicole Bowman had a two-run home run to get the Scarlet Knights back in the game, 7-3.

In her next at bat in the sixth, White demolished a two-run bomb over centerfield to cushion the lead for the Buckeyes. She drove in another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly.

IN THE CIRCLE

Morgan Ray gave up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work. The righty ace started her 17th game and picked up win No. 13. Rookie Skylar Hayward faced four batters and allowed one hit in one inning of relief.

COUNT IT UP

  • It was the 11th straight victory over the Scarlet Knights, dating back to 2015. It was also the third consecutive year that Ohio State swept Rutgers.
  • The Buckeyes went the distance five times on Sunday to tie the most home runs in a game since Apr. 16, 2017 vs. Indiana. It is the fourth time in program history that the Buckeyes have hit five homers in a contest.
  • Ohio State has four consecutive games with at least one home run and five games with at least three home runs this season.
  • For the second time this weekend, the Buckeyes tallied 13 hits and have nine games in double figures this season.
  • Taylor White had a leadoff home run in the top of the fifth, the first leadoff homer since Emily Clark achieved the feat on Apr. 30, 2017 vs. Iowa.
  • Lilli Piper had a season-high four RBI with two hits, two runs, two homers and a walk.
  • Taylor White tied her career high with two home runs and had a season-high four RBI.
  • The top of the order – Taylor White, Bailee Sturgeon and Lilli Piper – combined for 17 hits, 16 RBI and 13 runs.
  • During the series, the Buckeyes outscored the Scarlet Knights, 28-8, and out-hit them by a 36-18 margin. Ohio State also had nine home runs and 25 RBI.

UP NEXT

The Scarlet & Gray return to Buckeye Field to host Penn State in a midweek doubleheader Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m. Both games will be live on the Big Ten Network.