May 3, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A six run fourth inning propelled the Ohio State softball team to an 11-3 win over Akron in game one of a double-header Tuesday evening at Buckeye Field. Ohio State (28-15, 7-7 Big Ten) had scored four runs in the third inning to erase a 1-0 lead the Zips (24-25, 8-12 Mid-American) had taken in the first inning. The Buckeyes scored the mercy rule game-ending run in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs.
Ohio State junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) drove in a career-high four runs in the game with a two-run, bases loaded double off the top of the wall in centerfield in the third inning and a two-run home run, her fourth of the season, over the wall in center in the fourth inning.
Sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) picked up her 22nd win of the season as she struck out five Akron batters, walked only one and scattered four hits. Her win total is just two shy of the Ohio State single-season record of 24 set by Genice Turley in 1994.
Sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs and junior Billie Jo Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) went 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Senior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) was credited with just an RBI single but her drive in the sixth inning to end the game was nearly a grand slam as it hit off the wall in centerfield. All three Buckeyes would have scored on the play and Rowlands would have had a least a double. Freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) singled in the fifth inning and stole her 14th base of the season, which is just two shy of the Ohio State freshman record of 16 set last season by Koyano. Koyano stole her 2005 team-leading 15th base during the game.
Akron’s run in the first inning was unearned, while all four of Ohio State’s runs in the third inning were unearned. In the third inning, Evans had her first RBI on a walk, Carder drove in a run on a single and Baker hit her two-run double. The Buckeyes then sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, with big hits coming via an RBI double by junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian), Koyano’s two-run double, an RBI single by Evans and Bakers bomb.
Baker pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Buckeyes, who outhit the Zips 10-5 in the game.
### GO BUCKS! ###