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Feb. 10, 2007

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TEMPE, Ariz. – A four-run sixth inning propelled the Ohio State softball team to a 9-3 win over Cal State Northridge Saturday at the Tempe Sports Complex on day-two of the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State. OSU freshman Megan Miller came on in relief for the third-consecutive game and picked up her first collegiate win with four innings of two-hit work as the Buckeyes improve to 2-1 and Northridge falls to 0-3-1.

After earning the save in Ohio State’s season-opening win Friday, Miller (Woodland Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) allowed only one run and struck out two to pick up the win. In support, the Buckeyes scored twice in the fourth inning to take the lead, then sealed the win in the sixth.

“We did a much better job of knocking in our base runners,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “Northridge used quite a few different pitchers but we adjusted well to each of them. It’s a step in the right direction and it’s our second day out here now so we’re a little more sure of ourselves. And it was good to bounce back after a tough loss last night to Arizona.”

In the sixth, senior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) knocked a two-RBI single, senior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) added a sacrifice fly and Schwab then stole home to account for the Buckeyes’ four runs. In the fourth inning, senior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) and junior Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) hit back-to-back two-out RBI singles to put the decision in Miller’s hands.

The top of the order for Ohio State – Koyano, Vanderink and Schwab – went a combined 6-for-9 in the game.

On a full count and one pitch after hitting a home run foul, OSU senior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) kept a drive fair down the right field line to put Ohio State up, 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning. It was the first home run this season for Douglas and the ninth of her career.

Douglas’ homer gave Ohio State the lead after Northridge’s Amanda Peek put the Matadors up, 1-0, with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. The Buckeyes went up, 3-1, in the third inning when Koyano walked and later scored on a first-and-third double-steal with Vanderink, who had singled.

The Matadors tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning with two runs off an RBI double by Peek, who then scored on a squeeze bunt.

Juarez started in the circle for Ohio State and pitched into the fourth inning. She retired six of the first seven hitters she faced and finished her stint with one strikeout.

Next up, Ohio State takes on Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. (MT) Saturday at the Tempe Sports Complex.

### Go Bucks! ###