April 5, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team topped Bowling Green Wednesday, 4-1, in the second game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. After topping the Falcons in game-one, 3-0, the Buckeyes (20-14, 2-2 Big Ten) sweep the Falcons (21-12, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) to improve to 11-1 all-time against BGSU at Buckeye Field.
“Bowling Green is a good team with a lot of returners,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “We did what we needed to do to get the wins. (Cortney) Cannon had her first hit as a Buckeye tonight and the girls were right behind her. It was nice to see them supporting each other.”
OSU junior pitcher Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) held the Falcons to four hits and struck out six to snap a personal three-game skid and improve to 10-8 in the circle this season.
Ohio State improves to 5-0 at home this season and to 11-4 in its last 15 games. With the doubleheader Wednesday, the Buckeyes entered a stretch of games that include 18 of 19 at home. Bowling Green, which has wins over then-No. 13 Washington and Purdue this season and was picked to win the MAC East Division, entered the twin bill 11-2 in its last 13 games but lost twice at Buckeye Field for the second-consecutive year.
Like they did in game-one, the Buckeyes scored all their runs in the third inning. Junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) and Juarez both had RBI singles and junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) singles and eventually stole home on a double-steal with Schwab. Junior Lauren Daykin (Melbourne, Australia/Manatee C.C., Fla.) led off the inning with a double and scored on Schwab’s single.
BG pitchers had limited their opponents to a .209 batting average this season but Ohio State totaled 13 hits in the doubleheader.
OSU senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) singled in the second inning to extend her current streak to five games, which ties her career best. Freshman Cortney Cannon (Hilliard, Ohio/Darby) singled in the sixth inning for her first collegiate hit (fourth at bat).
Ohio State gets back into Big Ten play this weekend with games against Illinois at 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and No. 15 Northwestern at noon Sunday (doubleheader).
### GO BUCKS! ###