April 1, 2018

McCombs Stymies Wisconsin for 7-0 Shutout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – RHP Shelby McCombs had an impressive day on both sides of the ball for No. 24 Ohio State with eight strikeouts and a grand slam in a 7-0 shutout of Wisconsin (16-13, 2-2 B1G) Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Field. The win clinched the series, 2-1, for the Scarlet & Gray, who are 21-8 overall and 2-4 in Big Ten play.

MCCOMBS IN CONTROL

McCombs picked up her first shutout victory and fourth complete game win of the season. She struck out eight Badgers to claim her ninth triumph while going 2-for-2 at the plate with a career-high two runs and four RBI.

IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Badgers stacked the bags on three walks but McCombs delivered a nasty change up, getting the batter to chase for the inning-ending strikeout in the second.
  • Ashley Goodwin opened the home half of the second with a leadoff single up the middle and made her way to second base on a wild pitch. After Andi Farrah entered as a pinch runner, McCombs walked and a pitch hit Niki Carver to load the bases. Kallie Boren came up with a sacrifice fly to bring Farrah in.
  • It was Goodwin again that got the Buckeyes going as she faced nine pitches to draw a walk. Next up, McCombs singled and advanced to third on a fielding error by the right fielder while Goodwin bolted home. Boren kept the runs coming with a RBI single up the middle.
  • The Buckeyes jammed the bases in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Bailee Sturgeon, walk for Lilli Piper and fielding error by the third baseman that helped Emily Clark get on. Ohio State brought Amy Balich in as a pinch runner and Wisconsin decided to switch pitchers. The pitching change did not faze McCombs, who blasted the ball over the right field wall for the first grand slam of her career.
  • Wisconsin tried to get going in the top of the seventh with a double to left center but a fly out and swinging strikeout closed the contest.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

  • Sturgeon was 2-for-3 with one run while Boren had two RBI, one hit and a walk on Sunday.
  • McCombs hit .667, tallied six hits, six RBI, three runs, two homers, a 1.333 slugging percentage and .700 on base percentage during the series.
  • Piper (.444) and Sturgeon (.400) both had four hits against the Badgers over three games. Piper also added two runs and a RBI.
  • Ohio State has three grand slams this season thanks to Clark (2) and McCombs (1).

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes are back on the road to face Rutgers Apr. 6-8 for three games in Piscataway, N.J.