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Feb. 24, 2007

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CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Brigham Young was playing its fourth game of the weekend already and Ohio State only its first, but it was the Buckeye softball team that looked right at home with a four-run first inning on its way to an 8-3 win Friday as the Palm Springs Classic got underway at Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Cathedral City, Calif.

Ohio State (3-3) got a career-high four RBI from sophomore Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet), including a two-run homer in the third inning, and a career-high 11 strikeouts from sophomore Kim Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) in her first complete game of the season. Brigham Young (8-6) falls to 0-4 in the Classic.

BYU, which is unranked but receiving votes in this week’s national poll, entered the Palm Springs Classic hitting .335 as a team with 19 home runs and averaging seven runs a game, but has scored a combined 11 runs in the Classic.

Reeder (2-1) had struck out 10 in a game twice and went the distance for her 16th career complete game and Ohio State’s first of the season.

In Ohio State’s four-run first, the Buckeyes loaded the bases, then got a two-RBI single by Pruner, an RBI single from senior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) and an RBI single by senior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson). Senior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) led off the frame with a single to center, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood), and went to third when freshman Sam Marder (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas) was walked and senior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

BYU trailed 6-0 after Pruner’s homer in the third and couldn’t get its offense going until the fourth inning when the Cougars strung together two singles and a two-RBI double by Norton, but Reeder stopped the damage there and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.

The Buckeyes added another run in the fifth and sixth innings on BYU errors. In the fifth, Vanderink singled and later scored, while in the sixth, Douglas walked and then came around to score.

The Cougars are the only unranked team the Buckeyes will face this weekend. Ohio State takes on No. 23 Fresno State at 8 p.m. (PT) Friday as the Palm Springs Classic continues.

### Go Bucks! ###