March 23, 2018

Ohio State Drops Two at Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the first time this season, No. 18/19 Ohio State fell twice in one day as it opened Big Ten play with a doubleheader at Indiana Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes were blanked in the series opener, 6-0, before they came up short, 9-3, in the final contest. The Scarlet & Gray are 19-6 (0-2 B1G) while the Hoosiers stand at 9-21 (2-0 B1G).

Game One: Indiana 6, Ohio State 0

Ohio State was shut out as Indiana’s Tara Trainer tallied 12 strikeouts and held the Buckeyes to two hits.

The Hoosiers got out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Maddie Westmoreland. They added two more runs in the second on a bases-loaded RBI single and sacrifice fly.

Indiana opened the fourth with a leadoff home run from Katie Lacefield to cushion its advantage. The final tally came on a bunt RBI single.

The loss was charged to Morgan Ray (11-4), who spent three innings in the circle. She allowed five runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Kat Duvall made her sixth appearance of the season for two hits, one run and two strikeouts in three innings of relief.

Ashley Goodwin had a double and Bailee Sturgeonsingled for Ohio State’s pair of hits.

Game Two: Indiana 9, Ohio State 3

After three scoreless innings, Ohio State put up two runs in the top of the fourth. Lilli Piper reached on a fielder’s choice before Emily Clark came through with an RBI double to the centerfield fence. Clark advanced to third on the throw and made it home on a fielder’s choice.

The Hoosiers broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with five runs on five hits. Indiana tied the game at 2-2 on a pair of RBI singles up the middle before Maddie Westmoreland had a three-run homer to hand the Hoosiers the lead. Two singles and a hit batter stacked the bags for IU but right-handed pitcher Skylar Hayward worked her way out of the jam with a looking strikeout.

With two outs in the sixth, Clark singled to left center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Next up, Ashley Goodwin reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, which gave Clark plenty of time to scamper home.

Indiana scored four runs in the home half of the sixth behind a double, stolen base, throwing error and sacrifice bunt.

IN THE CIRCLE

Three members of Ohio State’s pitching staff stepped into the circle. Shelby McCombs (8-2) tossed 4.2 innings of six-hit, five-run, one-strikeout ball for the loss. Hayward came in for 0.1 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) and one hit while Ray threw one inning.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes close the series with the Hoosiers Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.