Feb. 18, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Ohio State’s Chelsea Baker allowed just three hits in six shutout innings and Nycole Koyano went 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBI to lead the OSU softball team to an 8-0 win over Rutgers Friday in the Buckeye’s 2005 season-opener at the Florida Atlantic University Doubletree Classic.
Baker (jr., Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) added two hits to the 13-hit Buckeye offensive attack and scored a career-high three runs, while the two triples for Koyano (so., Walnut, Calif./Walnut) were the first three-baggers of her career and her three RBI were a career-high.
Koyano’s first triple came in the second inning with the bases loaded, giving OSU a 3-0 lead, which is where the score would stand until the Buckeyes scored four runs in the sixth inning and added one in the seventh.
Baker, who struck out six Scarlet Knights in the game, allowed just six base runners in her six innings of work before junior Andrea Tribuzi (Plano, Texas/Plano East) pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief. Behind the two right-handers, the Ohio State defense did not commit an error and turned in two stellar plays to end potential Rutgers rallies. In the first inning, senior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) made a diving catch in center field for the third out, then senior Natalie Hales (Canton, Ohio/Eastern Michigan) threw out a potential Scarlet Knight base stealer with a throw down to second base in the third inning.
Ohio State senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) went 2-for-2, while freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) smacked a two-run triple in her first collegiate at bat. Rowlands and senior Jennifer Johnson (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) added RBI sacrifice flies in the sixth inning and Rowlands added an RBI single in the seventh.
Rutgers, returning eight starters from its 2004 squad that posted a 26-29-1 record, falls to 0-1.
Ohio State will face host Florida Atlantic University Friday at approximately 9 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###