The No. 19/20 Ohio State softball team (5-5) was clipped by the Oregon State Beavers (14-5), 2-1, Friday in game one of the Cal State Fullerton/Worth Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. The Beavers won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Kelly Peterson delivered a one-out single to left field off Ohio State reliever Chelsea Baker (Fr., Gahanna, Ohio), scoring Adrienne Alo from third to win the game. Annie Dedic (Sr., Yorba Linda, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI and Katie Chain (Sr., North Canton, Ohio) pitched 6.1 innings with nine strikeouts for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes struggled to find their niche offensively as they were only able to generate four hits off Oregon State starter Monica Hoffman. Chain and the Buckeyes hung tough throughout the game as she retired the Beavers in order in the second, fifth and sixth innings and turned away an early Beaver scoring threat in the first inning.
The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the third as the Beavers got on the board first. With one out, Brynnen Guthrie singled to center field before stealing second and advancing to third on a sacrifice fly by Petersen. Shelly Prochaska then singled through the right side to score Guthrie and give the Beavers a 1-0 lead after three innings.
After failing to answer in the fourth, the Buckeyes came back to tie the game in the fifth inning. Beth McAbier (Jr., Carrollton, Ohio) led off the inning with a bloop single to right field before being replaced by pinch runner Nicole Lancaster (Fr., Magnolia, Ohio). Jennifer Johnson (So., La Mirada, Calif.) next reached on fielder’s choice to advance Lancaster to second. Johnson and Lancaster then moved up to second and third on a ground out by Amy Ellis (Sr., Erie, Pa.). Dedic then scored Lancaster from third to tie the game as she grounded out to first base. Ohio State generated two more scoring threats in the sixth and seventh innings but were unable to take advantage. Karisa Evans (So., Franklin, Ohio) led off the sixth with a single and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch with no outs, but the Buckeyes were unable to advance Evans any further. Dedic then started a last attempt rally in the seventh with a one-out double down the left field line. Pinch runner Meghan Rowlands (So., Hilliard, Ohio) was then caught attempting to steal third to take the wind out of the Buckeye scoring opportunity.
The Buckeyes battle No. 4/5 Washington at 2 p.m. in game two.