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Feb. 29, 2004

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Columbus, Ga. – The Ohio State softball team erupted for seven runs in the final two innings to defeat No. 24 Cal State-Fullerton, 7-2, Sunday morning as bracket play continued at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Buckeyes advance to play Massachusetts at 1 p.m. Sunday in the consolation finals of the bronze bracket.

Ohio State (5-5) was held to one hit through the first three innings, but produced seven hits in the final three innings to overcome a 2-0 deficit. In addition to the Buckeyes’ seven hits in that span, Cal State-Fullerton (4-11) walked five Ohio State hitters and committed two error, which led to all seven Buckeye runs being unearned.

Senior Kristi DeVries (Corona, Calif./Corona) struck out a season-high eight hitters and scattered seven hits in picking up her first win of the season in four decisions. In the top of the third inning, Cal State-Fullerton’s Lindsey Bashor smacked a two-run homer to give the Titans a 2-0 lead, but DeVries then retired the next nine consecutive Fullerton hitters and 14 of the last 17 Titan batters to end the game.

“We were able to sustain a rally today,” Linda Kalafatis, head coach, said. “We were able to score with two outs and got good two-out base hits. It was a good effort and we’re looking forward to playing UMass next.”

All four of Ohio State’s runs in the sixth inning came with two outs after the Buckeyes scored one run with two outs in the fifth inning.

Junior Natalie Hales (Canton, Ohio/Eastern Michigan) had a pair of RBI in the final two innings, as did DeVries with a two-run single in the sixth inning that put Ohio State up 6-1. Junior Jennifer Johnson (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, while junior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) went 2-for-2 with a double and freshman Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) went 2-for-3. The Ohio State vs. Massachusetts contest later Sunday will be a rematch of both team’s first game of the season. In that contest, DeVries took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but UMass pulled away for an 8-0 win at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz.