April 18, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scoring six runs in the fifth inning, the Ohio State softball team pulled away from IUPUI for an 8-0 mercy rule win Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. Ohio State (30-14, 8-2 Big Ten) improves to 15-0 at home and wins its 12th-consecutive game, which is tied for the fourth-best winning streak in program history.
IUPUI (12-29, 7-8 Mid-Continent) had just two hits off freshman Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet), who struck out five and improves to 4-0.
“As I just told my girls, with as much emotion as we put into the weekend games, sometimes it’s hard to get up for these midweek (games),” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “IUPUI came here to compete and really wanted to win so we’re just glad to come away with these two wins.”
The Buckeyes led 2-0 after an RBI single by senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) in the first inning and a RBI sacrifice fly by junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) in the fourth. In the sixth inning, a two-run home run by junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut), her third of the year, and RBI hits from Pruner, junior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) and senior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) built the lead to eight runs to end the game early.
Pruner, Carder and junior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) had two hits each in Ohio State’s 10-hit attack. The multiple-hit game for Carder was her fourth in her last five games. She is hitting .413 (19-for-46) in her last 15 games.
Ohio State travels to Miami (Ohio) Wednesday for a single game beginning at 5 p.m. The Buckeyes then host defending national champion Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
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