May 10, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Amidst two rain delays, the Ohio State softball team (33-22; 8-11 Big Ten) dropped game two, 4-2, at Penn State (25-32; 8-12 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon at Nittany Lion Field in State College, Pa. Ohio State and Penn State traded runs in the first inning and the Lady Lions notched one run in each of the third, fifth and sixth innings. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Buckeyes rallied to score one run, but were forced to leave two runners on base to end the final regular-season game. Rookie outfielder Megan Schwab went 2-for-3 with two RBI, but it would not prove to be enough for the Buckeyes. OSU freshman pitcher Jamee Juarez fell to 12-10 overall and PSU’s Marisa Hanson (6-11) was credited with the win.
In the top of the first, Penn State’s Jen Williams singled to open the game and Meghan Wolfer was walked. Wolfer reached second when Barbie Pierce made it to first base on a fielder’s choice that caught Williams out at second base. Leigh Murray singled, which scored Wolfer and gave PSU a 1-0 advantage.
Ohio State answered in the bottom of the first. Karisa Evans singled up the middle and advanced to second when Nycole Koyano grounded out. A Schwab double brought home Evans and evened the score at 1-1 after one complete.
In the top of the third, Penn State’s Steph Viola walked and reached second off a Williams’ bunt single. Viola was picked off at second base. Wolfer’s sacrifice hit put Williams on second and an RBI single by Pierce sent Williams home, which gave the Lady Lions a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, PSU’s Williams, who was 4-for-4 at the plate, singled and advanced to second on an error by Ohio State’s centerfielder Chelsea Baker. Pierce, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, doubled, which brought Williams home for her second run of the game and put the Lady Lions up, 3-1, after five innings played.
Buckeye Baker was brought in at the top of the sixth to relieve Juarez on the mound. PSU’s Scarlett Neal walked and moved to second off a sacrifice bunt by Kari Lucas. A Williams single moved Neal to third. Williams stole second before Wolfer singled up the middle to bring home Neal and put PSU up, 4-1, heading into the bottom of the sixth
With one out at the bottom of the seventh, Ohio State’s Ashley Cutcliff singled and Meghan Rowlands was brought in to pinch run for Cutcliff. Evans walked and Rowlands rounded to second base. Koyano grounded out to third base, which put Evans on second and Rowlands on third. Schwab singled through the right side and was credited with an RBI when Rowlands crossed home plate; however both Buckeye base runners were left on base to end the game with Penn State ahead 4-2.
The Buckeyes will compete in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. Tournament seedings and pairings will be announced at a later date.