ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Despite home runs by Emily Clark and Lilli Piper, Ohio State dropped its series opener to No. 14 Michigan, 3-2, on Friday at the Wilpon Complex. The Buckeyes are 33-12 on the season and 13-7 in the Big Ten while the Wolverines are 42-9 overall and 17-2 in conference action.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
- Leading off in the top of the second, Clark drilled a solo home run to right field to put the Buckeyes on the board.
- The Wolverines tied the game in the home half on a RBI single from Haley Hoogenraad.
- Ohio State had its second leadoff dinger of the night in the fourth when Piper knocked the ball over right center to regain the lead.
- TTUN went ahead in the fifth, 3-2, on a bases-loaded walk for Hoogenraad and RBI single by Lou Allen.
- Clark dropped a single into left field in the top of the seventh but the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize.
IN THE CIRCLE
- Shelby McCombs (15-5) was tagged with the loss after 4.1 innings of three-run, five-hit, two-strikeout action.
- Morgan Ray held the Wolverines to one hit and recorded a strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief.
- Emily Clark extended her hitting streak to six games and has reached base successfully in eight straight contests.
- Lilli Piper had her 18th home run, tying her season high from a year ago. She currently ranks second on the program’s single-season home run list.
- Ohio State’s defense made it difficult for Michigan, who left 11 runners on base.
- Through 45 games, Ohio State has connected on 60 home runs. The Buckeyes have recorded at least one home run in 34 outings.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines will square off at 1 p.m. tomorrow live on the Big Ten Network.