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Oct. 6, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team continued its fall schedule with a pair of victories this past weekend at the 14th annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, which has become one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in central Ohio.

In its first 13 years, the event raised more than $185,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC-James.

Ohio State 18, Eastern Michigan 2
In its opening game of the OCCC, Ohio State scored five times in the first inning and never looked back on its way to a 18-2 victory over Eastern Michigan at Buckeye Field.

Caitlin Conrad got the Buckeyes off to a fast start, sending the first pitch of her at-bat to lead off the bottom of the first inning deep over the center field fence. Also in the first, Maddy McIntyre followed with  a two-run single to make the score 3-0, Anna Kirk had an RBI of her own and freshman Taylor White drove home another run with the first of her two hits on the day. All told, Ohio State scored five runs on first hits in the first inning.

In the bottom of the second, the Buckeyes left the bases loaded, but managed to score three more times in the third inning thanks to a RBI single from Jayla Saibene and a wild pitch/error that scored two runs. Eastern Michigan responded with two runs in the top of the fourth, but a 10-run bottom of the fourth gave Ohio State its final 18-2 margin. In the inning, Jesse Machovina drilled a two-run double to right field and Maddie Marotti also drove home two runs with a single.

Ohio State scored its 18 runs on 18 hits. McIntyre went 3-for-4 with four RBI while Machovina, Kirk, White and Saibene all had two hits. Machovina also drove in three runs.

In the circle, Shelby Hursh went four innings with five strikeouts and Lena Springer came on to record the final three outs of the fifth inning.

Ohio State 8, Bowling Green 0
Ohio State completed the sweep of their OCCC opponents on Sunday with a 8-0 triumph over Bowling Green.

In the bottom of the first, McIntrye delivered a bases loaded two-run single, and that’s the only offense the game would see until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Springer, who pitched six scoreless innings last weekend at Kentucky, went four innings and struck out five before giving way to Olivia O’Reilly, who retired Bowling Green in order in both the fifth and sixth innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Marotti, in to pinch hit, reached on an error that scored two runs to make the score 4-0 and the next batter, Jayla Saibene, increased the lead to 5-0 on a RBI single. Machovia then followed with a RBI double, was driven home by Keelia Nester’s triple and Caitlin Conrad ended the game with a sacrifice fly to left field.

McIntrye went 2-for-3 on the day with two RBI. Over the weekend, the redshirt junior from San Diego, Calif., had five hits and five RBI. Machovia  and Nester also had two hits.  

Ohio State concludes its fall schedule this Friday, Oct. 10, when it hosts Kent State for a doubleheader at Buckeye Field beginning at 6 p.m.