Feb. 26, 2005
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Ohio State softball team (4-4) saw 12th-ranked Washington (8-5) score two runs in the fifth inning and tack on five more in the sixth to defeat the Buckeyes, 9-2, as the second day of the Palm Springs Classic got underway at Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Palm Springs, Calif.
Ohio State junior pitcher Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) held the Huskies in check for the majority of her five innings of work, but suffered her first defeat of the season in three decisions. She struck out three Washington batters.
All five Washington runs in the sixth inning came after two outs had been recorded by relief pitcher freshman Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson).
In the third inning, OSU sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) scored Ohio State’s first run when she drew a leadoff walk and moved from first base to third on a Washington throwing error. Senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin), who reached first base on the error, stole second base and Koyano scored on the catcher’s throw to second base.
Koyano’s hit to lead off the game for the Buckeyes was Ohio State’s only hit until sophomore Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) smacked a ground-rule double over the fence in center field to lead off the sixth inning. Freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) singled one batter later, advancing Douglas to third base and junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian), pinch hitting, brought home Douglas with a ground out to the right side for the Buckeyes’ second run. Sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) walked three times in the game, all on full counts, to mark a new personal career-high for free passes in a game.
Washington’s Sarah Hyatt and Aimee Minor hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the second inning, but Baker was able to get out of the inning without any other Huskies scoring. Minor homered again in Washington’s five-run sixth inning, marking her third of the season. Washington, which advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series last season, now has 18 home runs in just 13 games this season.
Ohio State will face No. 18 Oregon State at 6 p.m. Saturday.
### GO BUCKS! ###