COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team went 1-1 Saturday at the 2011 FIU Combat Classic at the FIU Softball Complex in Miami, Fla. The Buckeyes (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten) lost, 7-3, in eight innings vs. Memphis in game one but rebounded with a 10-1 victory over North Florida in their second game.
In the first game, Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Jessica Phillips drove in Heather Mott from second base on a two-out RBI single through the left side in the top half of the first inning off Buckeye freshman pitcher Kasie Kelly.
Senior co-captain Dee Dee Hillman led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but the next three Buckeye batters went down against Tigers’ pitcher Carly Hummel to end the threat. Ohio State could not get any offensive momentum in the next five innings as Hummel limited the Buckeyes to just three hits.
Memphis used a two-out RBI single by Lelani Bernardino to make the score, 3-0, in the top of the fourth inning with the bases loaded. However, the Buckeyes would not give in against the Tigers.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore Megan Coletta reached based on a throwing error by the Tigers’ shortstop and sophomore Cara Longworth followed with a hit up the middle.
With one out, Buckeye sophomore second baseman Julia Pecina stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run to tie the game, 3-3. The big hit by Pecina, a native of La Habra, Calif., was the first home run of her Buckeye career.
In the eighth inning, Tigers’ Maddie McKinley laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Mott to third. The Buckeyes then made a pitching change, placing Melanie Nichols on the mound for Kelly. Her first throw went into the dirt, allowing Mott to score the go-ahead run for the Tigers. Following two walks and with runners on the corners and one out, Kelly re-entered the game for the Scarlet and Gray. Kamri Chester then drove a 1-1 pitch over the glove of Pecina for a 5-3 Memphis lead and the Tigers then pushed their advantage to a 7-3 final following a two-out double.
Kelly (1-1) suffered the loss for Ohio State, allowing two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
In game two, the Buckeyes repeated what they did yesterday – rebounding strong in the tournament after an earlier loss in the day. Senior outfielder Brittany Goodchild led the Buckeyes with three hits and two RBI, while freshman Evelyn Carrillo had two hits and two RBI vs. the Ospreys.
Ohio State struck early after junior co-captain Alicia Herron scored from second base following an RBI single by Carrillo. The Buckeyes then added two runs in the third inning and three in the fourth inning. Goodchild scored the first run in the third after Hillman grounded out to the third baseman and Herron followed with the second run after an illegal pitch was thrown. The big play in the fourth belonged to Goodchild. The native of West Hills, Calif., Goodchild hit an RBI double then advanced to third on a throwing error before eventually scoring on a double steal. Carillo followed with her second RBI single of the evening.
On the mound for the Buckeyes was senior Karisa Medrano who pitched a complete game for the Buckeyes, allowing just two hits and one run with three strikeouts to pick up her first-career win in the Scarlet and Gray. The native of Albuquerque, N.M., Medrano did not allow a hit through the first four innings of work.
After North Florida hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, the Buckeyes posted four more runs in the final inning after Brittany Mills and Goodchild hit RBI singles, while Herron and Vanessa Spears drew RBI walks.
The Buckeyes will conclude the FIU Combat Classic at 9 a.m. Sunday as the squad faces DePaul at the FIU Softball Complex.