Feb. 19, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Ohio State softball team saw an early three-run lead turn into a two-run deficit, but the Buckeyes battled back to score three runs in their final two at bats to defeat Pittsburgh, 8-7, Saturday at the Florida Atlantic University Doubletree Classic. Ohio State (3-1) now awaits conclusion of Saturday’s games, which will determine the opponent OSU will face Sunday in the seeded portion of the tournament.
Ohio State took a 5-2 lead after four innings, but Pittsburgh scored five runs in the fifth inning, three of which were unearned, to take a 7-5 lead. An RBI triple by OSU sophomore Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) in the sixth inning brought the deficit to one run heading into the seventh inning, when the Buckeyes would notch their first come-from-behind win of the season.
Trailing 7-6 heading into its final at bat, Ohio State smacked four base hits, the last of which came off the bat of senior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) to score freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) for the game-winning run. Senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) had led off the inning with a base hit and scored the game-tying run and, following Caputo’s single, the two moved into scoring position by a sacrifice bunt from junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian). A single by sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) scored Evans to tie the game, setting up Rowlands’ game-winning single down the right field line.
Freshman pitcher Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) made her first collegiate start in the circle for the Buckeyes, working into the fifth inning. She gave way to junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales), who got Ohio State out of the fifth inning and then retired six of seven Panther batters in the sixth and seventh innings to nab her second win of the season in as many outings.
Schwab ended the game 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Rowlands was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Evans, Hibma and Caputo all had two hits each, as well.
Pittsburgh falls to 1-2.
### GO BUCKS! ###