May 20, 2004
The No. 6-seed Ohio State softball team (34-24) fell to No. 3-seed South Florida (58-12), 2-0, Thursday in Region No. 4 of the 2004 NCAA Softball Tournament at Tallahassee, Fla. The Buckeyes held on until the bottom of the sixth when two consecutive Ohio State errors eventually resulted in South Florida scoring the two winning runs of the game. Ohio State senior pitcher Kristi DeVries fell to 16-11 overall and South Florida’s Leigh Ann Ellis improved to 41-6 on the season. DeVries and Ellis each threw eight strikeouts. Buckeye junior outfielder Karisa Evans tallied the only hit of the game for the Buckeyes in the top of the third inning.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases at the top of the fourth with no outs, but the South Florida defense escaped the inning with no Buckeye runs scored. Megan Schwab was walked to open the inning and DeVries reached first on an overruled call that credited the Bulls’ pitcher Ellis with an error. Nicole Lancaster was brought in to pinch run for DeVries at first. Juarez made it to first to load the bases off a second error by Ellis, however South Florida caught two Buckeyes swinging and fielded a fly ball to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, SFU’s Shelly Riker reached first and advanced to third on a throwing error by OSU’s pitcher DeVries. Carmela Liwag’s shot to right field was dropped by Evans, which scored Riker and put Liwag on second. Liwag was picked off at second base, but Groves singled to left field and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt by Christie Chapman. A double down the left-field line by Tiffany Stewart brought home Groves and gave SFU the 2-0 win.
Ohio State will face the winner of the No. 2 Oregon (38-19) vs. No. 7 Bethune-Cookman (44-26) game at 8 p.m. Thursday night at Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla.