April 23, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lauren Daykin and Nycole Koyano hit home runs early and Billie Carder’s grand slam ended it in the sixth inning to give the Ohio State softball team a 13-4 mercy-rule win over Michigan State Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (31-17, 9-4 Big Ten) establish a season scoring high in conference games this season and outhit Michigan State (32-17, 8-5 Big Ten), 13-4.
Ohio State led 4-3 after four innings before exploding for five runs in the fifth inning and then watching Carder’s (Celina, Ohio/Celina) third home of the season and third career grand slam leave the park to keep the Buckeyes in a tie for third place in the Big Ten.
Daykin (Jr., Melbourne, Australia/Manatee C.C., Fla.) hit her second home run of the season in the third inning and Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) hit her fourth homer, a two-run shot, in the fourth inning.
The Buckeyes scored their five runs in the fifth inning on just three hits, but two of them were two-RBI doubles by juniors Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) and Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson).
Carder finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, while adding two hits each were Koyano, Douglas, junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) and sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood).
Freshmen pitchers Kim Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) and Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet) combined to strikeout six and scatter seven hits. Pruner got the win in relief, improving to 5-1. Ohio State got on the board in the first inning when Koyano led off with a double to left-centerfield and scored on a single to right field by Vanderink. After the Spartans tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the second, Daykin’s homer put the Buckeyes back up by a run in the third.
A home run by Michigan State’s Caitlin Mahoney and a pinch-hit RBI double by Jenny Poff gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, which would stand only until Koyano’s long ball went over the right field wall in the bottom of the inning. The Buckeyes would add nine more runs in their next two at bats thanks in part to four walks, a MSU error, the RBI doubles by Douglas and Juarez and a RBI ground out by Koyano, her third run driven in of the game.
Ohio State and Michigan State will meet in game two at 2:20 p.m. Sunday.
### GO BUCKS! ###