Feb. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team split day one at the JU Tournament Friday, defeating Bethune-Cookman, 11-0, in six innings in game one before falling to host-school Jacksonville, 4-2, in game two at JU Softball Complex.
Game One: Ohio State 11, Bethune-Cookman 0 (Six Innings)
Led by a combined 15 hits for the Ohio State offense, the Buckeyes began the JU tournament with a 11-0 victory in six innings over Bethune-Cookman at JU Softball Complex Friday afternoon.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by senior third baseman Megan Coletta, who went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, while junior Leesa Gresham was 1-for-3 with a three-run home run. Classmate Melaina Saalfeld had a career-performance at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Taylor Watkins was 2-for-3 with two runs scored vs. the Wildcats. Sophomore Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Overall, Ohio State had eight different members post a hit vs. Bethune-Cookman.
In the circle, sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico cruised her way to her second-career win, posting four shutout innings of work, while allowing just one hit and striking out four batters.
Ohio State struck first in the top of the first with two runs. After Watkins walked, junior Evelyn Carrillo punched a double to the gap in left center to score Watkins from second base to make it 1-0. Ohio State added to its lead on a BCU throwing error at shortstop allowing Carrillo to cross the plate.
After a scoreless second inning, the Buckeyes got themselves into position for Gresham’s three-run shot following back-to-back liners up the middle by Saalfeld and McItnrye, respectively. Gresham then extended her hands down 0-2 in the count and sent the ball over the center field wall to open the game, 5-0 Buckeyes.
In DiDomenico’s final inning of work, the OSU sophomore earned back-to-back strikeouts and left a runner on third after she forced a slow roller back to the circle for the final out. Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols relieved DiDomenico in the circle and threw an inning of work, allowing no hits with a strikeout, while junior Audrey Plant made her first appearance of the season in the final inning, allowing no runs or hits to close the door on the Wildcats.
Coletta posted her first home run of the season in the fifth when she sent a ball over the left field wall to make it 7-0, while McIntyre plated two on a double to right center in the sixth inning. Saalfeld and pinch hitter Danielle LeBeau each had RBI singles as well in the sixth to complete to 11-0 final score.
Overall, Ohio State outhit the Wildcats, 15-1.
Game Two: Jacksonville 4, Ohio State 2
Ohio State fell, 4-2, against the Dolphins during the nightcap, who posted a run in the first, two in the fourth and a final run in the seventh en route to the win. Down 4-0, the Buckeyes battled to plate two runs during their final at-bat, but left nine runners on base during the contest to fall to 5-2 overall in 2013.
Jacksonville scored its first run of the evening when freshman pitcher Victoria Brown crossed the plate following a throw down to second base. Brown improved to 2-0, throwing seven innings with two strikeouts vs. the Buckeyes.
In the bottom of the third, Ohio State loaded the bases with one down, but could not put any runs on the board after Brown claimed back-to-back outs to end the threat.
The Dolphins scored two runs in the fourth following back-to-back solo home runs to make it 4-0.
Ohio State had its best scoring opportunity in the fifth inning after Watkins and Saalfeld both singled to left field followed by a walk to McIntyre to load the bases with nobody down. However, Brown was able to make a force-out play at home plate followed by a 5-6-3 inning-ending double play to end the OSU chance.
After Jacksonville added a fourth run in the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes battled to score two runs and keep the game alive. Prantl began the rally when she sent a 3-2 pitch to right field, while McIntyre drew her second walk of the game. With runners on first and second and two down, Carrillo sent a fly ball to left center that was mishandled by the JU center fielder, allowing both Prantl and McIntyre to score. The rally ended early for Ohio State after Brown claimed a groundout to shortstop to close the game, 4-2.
Overall, the Dolphins had a 9-6 advantage in hits. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly falls to 2-1 overall, throwing four innings on three runs with four strikeouts. Junior pitcher Kasie Kelly threw the final three innings for the Scarlet and Gray, limiting the Dolphins to one run on four hits with a strikeout.
The Buckeyes will play two games Saturday, beginning with a contest vs. Bethune-Cookman at 9:30 a.m., while taking on No. 16/17 Louisville at 11:45 a.m. in game two at JU Softball Complex.