April 16, 2017

No. 21 Ohio State Hits Five HRs to Take Series from Indiana

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April 16, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s bats awoke and hit five home runs – including two from senior Alex Bayne – in an 8-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday that clinched the series win for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State stands at 26-11 overall, 10-4 in the Big Ten while Indiana is 19-24, 5-9 B1G.

THE SHORT STORY
The Buckeyes scored in every inning, receiving solo home runs in the first, second and third innings, an RBI single in the fourth, a Hoosier error in the fifth and two more home run in the sixth to provide plenty of offense for pitchers Shelby Hursh and Morgan Ray. Ray pitched the final 3.2 innings of the contest to pick up her third win of the year and was helped out with a critical 6-4-3 inning-ending double play in the top of the sixth when IU was threatening to cut in to Ohio State’s lead.

HOW THE RUNS WERE SCORED
• The Buckeyes used a solo home run in each of the first three innings to move ahead 3-0 early in the game. The first was from Bayne on a 2-2 pitch from Indiana’s Tara Trainer that cleared the left field wall. In the next inning. Ashley Goodwin homered to nearly the exact same spot with one down to make the score 2-0. Lilli Piper then blasted a shot to left center – her 11th home run on the season – with two outs in the top of the third.
• Indiana cut Ohio State’s early lead to 3-2 with one swing of the bat from CaraMia Tsirigos, who hit a two-run home run to right center with nobody out in the top of the fourth. The hit scored Rebecca Blitz, who started off the inning by reaching on a hit by pitch. The Hoosiers would eventually load the bases with one out, prompting a pitching change to Ray. The sophomore from Frenchtown, Montana got two of the biggest outs of the game, inducing a pair of ground balls that got the Scarlet and Gray out of the inning.
• Ohio State’s run in the fourth came when Anna Kirk singled hard to third base, allowing pitch runner Andi Farrah to score from second base with two outs.
• In the top of the fifth, Emily Clark started a one-out rally with her second hit of the game, a single to right field. The next batter, Taylor White, walked and Becca Gavin then singled to shortstop, loading the bases. The next batter, Goodwin, sent a ball to right field, but a IU error allowing both Clark and White to score and push the Ohio State advantage to 6-2.
• A pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth – the first from Bayne that snuck just inside of the fair pole and the second from Clark that was a no-doubter immediately off the bat – gave the Scarlet and Gray plenty of insurance runs. Bayne’s two home-run day gives her a team-best 13 on the season.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Ahead 6-2 in the sixth, Ohio State watched as two of the first three batters of the inning for IU reached successfully. Bella Norton, however, grounded in to an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
• With a three-run lead in the fifth inning, the Buckeyes got a key strikeout with a runner on against Tsirigos, Indiana’s best power hitter. Ray fell behind Tsirigos 3-1 but battled back to register her second strikeout of the game.

STARS OF THE GAME
Bayne: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Clark: 3-2, 2 RS, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Piper: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Ray: 3.2 IP, 2 Ks, 0 runs allowed

STATS AND SNIPITS
• The Buckeyes are 21-3-1 over the last two years in games in which Bayne hits a home run.
• Ohio State was productive at the top of the lineup today. The top five hitters – Kirk, Bayne, Piper, Clark and White – combined to go 8-for-19 (.421) with five RBI and four home runs.
• Bayne’s big day at the plate was part of a week that saw her hit .412 and slug .882 over the course of five games.
• Piper’s solo home run gives her 40 RBI on the year.
• The five home runs ties a single-game record, which has been set four different times – most recently on April 8, 2016 against Rutgers.
• Ohio State has won nine of the last 13 meetings against Indiana.
• The series win was the Buckeyes’ third in the first four weekends of conference play.
• Sunday was the 17th time Ohio State has scored in the first inning and the Buckeyes are 14-3 in those games.

WHAT’S NEXT
Ohio State plays a single game at Pittsburgh (21-19) on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. Next weekend, it resumes Big Ten play with a three-game series at Michigan State. Links to live stats and streaming are available on the schedule tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

This @clarkemily448 home run was the Buckeyes fifth of the day, tying a single-game record. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/ReiEKPCbmz

— Ohio State Softball (@OhioState_SB) April 16, 2017

The final out from today’s series-clinching 8-2 win over Indiana. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/cUVmVq7yC7

— Ohio State Softball (@OhioState_SB) April 16, 2017