May. 1, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team scored two runs in the third inning and added three more in the fourth on its way to a 6-1 win over Purdue Sunday in the first game of a double-header at Buckeye Field. Sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) tossed her 19th complete game of the season, a two-hitter, to lead the Buckeyes (27-14, 7-6 Big Ten) to their fourth-consecutive Big Ten win and to their eighth win in their last nine games, while Purdue falls to 31-22-1 overall and 7-10 in the Big Ten.
Juarez improves to 21-10 on the season and also got it done at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Juarez, coming off two complete game victories over Indiana Friday and Saturday in which she struck out 14 Hoosiers, collected eight more strikeouts in the opener Sunday.
In the first inning, senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin), who went 2-for-4 in the game, knocked her fourth double of the season to the wall in center field and scored two batters later on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Juarez.
Ohio State improves to 22-6 when scoring first this season and 12-2 when scoring in the first inning. The Buckeyes outhit Purdue 9-2 in the game.
The Buckeyes added two more runs in the third inning, both of which were unearned. Senior Natalie Hales (Canton, Ohio/Eastern Michigan) led off with a walk and was promptly joined on base by sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut), who reached on a fielding error by the Boilermaker shortstop. The pair was moved into scoring position by a sacrifice bunt from Evans, then scored on an RBI sacrifice pop out by sophomore Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) and a single up the middle by junior Billie Jo Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina), which chased Purdue starter Diana LaRiva, who falls to 12-6 with the loss.
After the first two Purdue batters of the game reached base, Juarez allowed only three more Boilermakers to reach base the rest of the way, with one of those being a solo home run by Purdue’s Andrea Hillsey to lead off the fourth inning. That brought the score to 3-1 in favor of the Buckeyes, but the Boilermakers would get no closer.
Ohio State’s three runs in the fourth inning all came with two outs and closed the door on Purdue. Freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) hit an infield single and, after two outs, Koyano walked, Evans hit an RBI single up the middle, scoring Caputo, and Schwab hit an RBI single to the centerfielder, scoring Koyano. On the play, the throw from centerfield got away from the Purdue third baseman, allowing Evans to score for OSU’s sixth run of the game.
Sophomore Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) hit her team-leading 11th double of the season in the sixth inning.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers will meet in game two Sunday at approximately 2:15 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###