COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team lost two games at Indiana Wednesday afternoon in a midweek conference doubleheader in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes (10-25, 2-6 Big Ten) lost, 3-2, in game one before falling, 9-0, in five innings against the Hoosiers (24-15, 6-2 Big Ten) in game two at IU Softball Field.
In game one, the Scarlet and Gray took an early 2-0 lead, however, Indiana rallied to score one run in the second and two runs in the fourth en route to the victory.
Junior co-captain Alicia Herron opened the game with a lead-off home run to center field – her fifth long ball of the season to make it 1-0 in favor of the Buckeyes. Two batters later, freshman Evelyn Carrillo knocked her sixth home run of the season on the first pitch to extend the team’s first inning lead to 2-0. However, after the two OSU solo shots, Indiana starting pitcher Morgan Melloh settled down in the circle and claimed 15 strikeouts against the Buckeyes.
In the second inning, Indiana cut its deficit in half when Amanda Wagner led off the IU bats with a home run off starting pitcher Kasie Kelly. However, the native of Wooster, Ohio, got out of the inning with a runner on third following a groundout. She was relieved by senior pitcher Karisa Medrano to start the fourth inning after throwing 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run with two strikeouts.
Indiana adjusted to the Buckeyes’ new pitcher and loaded the bases following a walk and two OSU errors. Medrano got Samantha Heyman to groundout into a fielder’s choice, but Wagner was able to plate a run on the play to tie the game, 2-2. The following batter, Breanna Saucedo lined a double to right center field to give Indiana the go-ahead run, 3-2. Melloh denied Ohio State a late-inning rally as she claimed the complete game win, while Medrano received the loss to fall to 5-13 on the season.
The Indiana bats came alive in the second game of the doubleheader as the Big Ten squad posted nine runs on the board, while Melloh claimed her second win of the day in the circle, allowing just two Buckeye hits.
After two scoreless innings, the Hoosiers posted a five-run third inning and a fourth-run fifth inning to earn the run rule victory. In the third, Melloh notched a two-run single followed by a three-run home run by Wagner off Medrano, who started in the circle for the Scarlet and Gray. In the fourth inning, Kelly came into pitch for Medrano and sent the IU bats down in order with two groundouts and a pop fly.
However, in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded, Cassie Gogreve sent a 0-1 pitch over the right center field fence for the walk-off grand slam to end the game, 9-0.
Medrano received the loss and falls to 5-14 overall, allowing five runs on five hits in three innings of work.
Ohio State will now travel home to prepare for conference action vs. Purdue at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Buckeye Field. Admission is free.