May 3, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team improved to 12-2 in its last 14 games with a 7-3 win in game two and resulting double-header sweep of Akron Tuesday night at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes improve to 29-15 overall on the season and to 20-2 against their last 15 non-conference opponents. The Zips fall to 24-26.
Ohio State junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) improved to 6-2 on the season as she allowed just two hits, struck out four and gave up just one run in five innings of work.
Junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) blasted her fifth home run of the season, a one out shot to centerfield in the fourth inning, to put the Buckeyes up, 4-1.
As they did in the first game Tuesday, the Buckeyes were asked to overcome a 1-0 deficit, and this time did it with three runs in the third inning. Freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) led off with a single up the middle, then scored on an RBI double down the left field line by sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut). Koyano then scored on a double by Baker, who advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Akron error when junior Billie Jo Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) stole second after reaching on an error.
Koyano’s double in the third inning extended her hitting streak to a career-best nine games.
In the fifth inning, senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) reached on an error and scored on an RBI single by Carder. Baker, who got on board a batter earlier on a fielder’s choice, then scored with Carder on a double to the centerfield wall by senior Ashley Cutcliff (Zionsville, Ind./U. of Florida). Freshman Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) worked the final two innings in the circle for the Buckeyes, tossing a scoreless sixth inning before the Zips scored twice in the seventh.
Ohio State travels to Pittsburgh Wednesday for a twin bill against the Panthers. The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action this weekend with two games against Penn State at Buckeye Field. Ohio State enters the weekend tied for fifth in the league, while Penn State owns sole possession of the No. 4 spot and has won four straight conference games.
### GO BUCKS! ###