March 2, 2014
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Missouri scored three runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth to break open a close game against Ohio State on Sunday, defeating the Buckeyes 7-0 in the final game of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. With the loss, Ohio State is now 6-9 on the season.
Junior Alex DiDomenico got the start for Ohio State and held the Tigers scoreless for the first two innings. In the third, Missouri led off with a walk, followed by a single from Sami Fagan. The biggest blow of the inning was a two-out, three-run home from Mackenzie Sykes, who went 2-for-4 on the day with four runs batted in.
In the fourth, the Tigers added two more runs on three hits, keyed by a two-run single to by Fagan. Missouri added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Buckeyes’ best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when they had they had the bases loaded with no outs. After Conrad was tagged out at home on a fielder’s choice, Jayla Saibene lined into a double play to end the inning.
Offensively for Ohio State, Caitlin Conrad, Taylor Watkins, Cammi Prantl, Saibene and Melaina Saalfeld all recorded hits. DiDomenico went three innings, giving up five runs and six hits. Melanie Nichols and Olivia O’Reilly each pitched in relief.
Ohio State returns to action next weekend when it travels to Louisville, Ky. for the Red and Black Classic. The Buckeyes kick off the tournament by facing Massachusetts and Ohio on Friday, March 7.