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Oct. 6, 2004

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The Ohio State softball team went 5-0 and won the large-school bracket at the 2004 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic (OCCC) Oct. 2-3 at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes beat Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo to capture their fourth-consecutive OCCC crown in four years of the event. Tiffin was an undefeated 3-0 and won the small-school bracket. Eighteen teams from the state of Ohio competed in the tournament benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

After three victories on Saturday, the Buckeyes took on Ohio in game one of Sunday’s contests. Ohio State was victorious, 3-2, and pitcher Nicole Gragson was credited with the win. Jamee Juarez was brought in for two innings of relief.

In the first inning, Nycole Koyano scored to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 and the Bobcats tied it in bottom of first. With two outs in the second inning, Chelsea Baker and Natalie Hales were both walked and rookie Liz Caputo tallied a base hit up the middle, which scored Baker and gave OSU a 2-1 advantage. OU responded and tied the game once again in the fourth.

In the seventh, Baker reached first on an error and pinch hitter Megan Schwab had a base hit. Both Baker and Schwab were bunted over by B.J. Carder to third and second base, respectively. Koyano’s infield base hit scored the winning run when Baker crossed home plate and put Ohio State up, 3-2.

In the final game of the event for Ohio State, the Buckeyes beat Toledo, 3-1. Andrea Tribuzi pitched for the Buckeyes. OSU was trailing Toledo, 1-0, until the sixth inning. Freshman Brittany Vanderink, who was 2-for-3, hit a bunt single and Christina Douglas followed with a single. Ashley Cutcliff, who was 2-for-3 for the game, crushed a triple to right field, which brought in both Vanderink and Douglas and sent the Buckeyes up, 2-1. Pinch runner Stephanie Hill was brought in for Cutcliff at third base. Juarez, who was brought in to relieve pitcher Tribuzi in the sixth inning, had a base hit that brought in Hill for the Buckeyes’ third and final run.

The total amount raised for breast cancer research will be released at a later date.