March 18, 2018

No. 17/18 Ohio State Falls to No. 5/5 Oklahoma

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FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 17/18 Ohio State’s 11-game California excursion ended with a 5-0 setback to No. 5/5 Oklahoma Sunday morning to close out the Easton Invitational. The Buckeyes fall to 19-4 while the Sooners improve to 23-2.

SHORT STORY

Fifth-ranked Oklahoma, the two-time defending national champions, and Paige Parker stymied the Buckeyes’ offense in the Sooners’ 5-0 win.

After two scoreless innings, Oklahoma jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly after a walk and double put a pair of runners in scoring position.

The Sooners stacked the bags in the fifth on a single and two walks before a two-run single added two runs. They added two more in the seventh on an RBI double and error.

Taylor White had both hits for Ohio State. Her first hit came in the home frame of the fourth with a single up the middle. She followed up in the sixth on a single to right field.

In the circle, Morgan Ray (11-3) went the distance for the eighth time this season as she allowed five runs on five hits. Ray struck out three and retired six in a row at one point.

SPRING BREAKING

  • The Buckeyes played 11 games in nine days and went 8-3.
  • Lilli Piper started every game and led the team with a .500 batting average, 19 hits, 16 RBI, 12 runs, seven homers and a 1.132 slugging percentage.
  • Ohio State’s four-person pitching staff had a 2.91 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 77 innings.
  • RHP Shelby McCombs was a perfect 3-0 in 15 innings this week with a 1.87 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Ohio State opens Big Ten play with a three-game series at Indiana on Mar. 23-25.