BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A late sixth-inning rally by Indiana powered the Hoosiers (10-21, 3-0 B1G) to a hard-fought 4-1 win over No. 18/19 Ohio State (19-7, 0-3 B1G) on Sunday at Andy Mohr Field to close the series. It was the first time since 2016 that a Big Ten opponent swept the Buckeyes in a series.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lilli Piper wasted no time in the two-spot as she connected on her 13th home run in the opening frame. Emily Clark backed her up on a single through the left side before Ashley Goodwin and Bailee Sturgeon walked. Sturgeon had a fantastic at bat as she faced 14 pitches to pick up the free base. However, the Hoosiers limited the damage to one as OSU left the bases loaded.
Indiana tied the game at 1-1 in the home frame of the first on a passed ball.
In the second, Clark and Piper caught the runner trying to steal second base and joined forces again in the third on a pick off.
The tide turned in the bottom of the sixth. The bags were stacked for the Hoosiers on an error and two walks, which they took advantage of as a three-RBI double by Rachel O’Mally snapped the stalemate to put Indiana up 4-1.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Niki Carver came in as a pinch hitter and drove a single to centerfield but it was not enough in the end.
RHP Morgan Ray (11-5) had her second loss of the weekend. She gave up four runs (one earned) on three hits but fanned eight batters during her six innings of work.
The Buckeyes host Kentucky for their home opener at Buckeye Field on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 6 p.m. ET. Admission to all 2018 home games is free.