April 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Purdue’s Paris Andrew hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to score the game’s only run as the Boilermakers earned a 1-0 victory over Ohio State in the first game of a three-game Big Ten series at Buckeye Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes are 19-19 on the season and 5-5 in conference play while Purdue improves to 21-19-1, 8-2 Big Ten.
In the bottom of the first, Ohio State was able to load the bases thanks to back-to-back singles from Caitlin Conrad and Taylor Watkins. After a Cammi Prantl strikeout, Evelyn Carrillo singled to left field, but the threat ended with a pair of swinging strikeouts.
Andrew’s home run in the fifth inning came on a 1-1 pitch and sailed just over the right field fence. Purdue had two other base runners in the inning but Olivia O’Reilly was able to prevent any further damage by getting Tori Chiodo to fly out to left field.
Ohio State’s best scoring opportunity late in the game came in the sixth inning. Watkins led off the frame by reaching on an error and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Prantl. She eventually moved to third on a fly out by Carrillo, and pinch hitter Jayla Saibene hit what appeared to be a blooper to left field, but Maia Monchek made a diving catch to keep Ohio State off the scoreboard.
In the circle, O’Reilly went seven innings, scattering just four hits while striking out four. Her counterpart, Fecho, gave up four hits and struck out nine.
Ohio State and Purdue resume their series tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field. Admission, as always, is free.