April 5, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Kim Reeder threw her second-consecutive shutout to lead the Ohio State softball team to a 3-0 win over Bowling Green Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (19-14, 2-2 Big Ten) scored all three of their runs in the third inning, while Reeder held Bowling Green (21-10, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) to just three hits.
Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.), who shutout Purdue last Sunday by a similar 3-0 score and tied her season-low for hits allowed, also set against the Boilermakers. She has won six of her last seven decisions to improve to 10-6 on the season. Reeder struck out 10 Falcons, equaling her season-high set last Saturday in her 6-3 win at Indiana.
Ohio State put all three of its runs on the board in the third inning on a two-RBI single by junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) and an RBI double by senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina). In the inning, senior Nicole Lancaster (Magnolia, Ohio/Sandy Valley) walked and sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) singled, with both scoring on Schwab’s single up the middle. Schwab scored on Carder’s double down the left field line.
Vanderink added another single in the fifth inning to end the game 2-for-3 for second multiple-hit game in her last three games. In Vanderink’s last five games she is batting .462 (6-for-13). Schwab also went 2-for-3 for the Buckeyes, while Carder’s hit extended her current hitting streak to four games, which is one shy of career best. Ohio State, beginning a stretch of games that will include 18 of 19 games at Buckeye Field, improves to 4-0 at home this season and 10-4 in its last 14 games. The Buckeyes are now 10-1 all-time against Bowling Green at Buckeye Field.
Bowling Green, picked to win the Mid-American East Division, entered the game 11-2 in its last 13 games with its only losses coming at then-No. 12 Michigan and Notre Dame. BGSU senior pitcher Liz Vrabel (10-6), the reigning MAC Pitcher of the Year and of the Week for the eighth time in her career, suffered the loss.
Ohio State and Bowling Green will meet in game-two Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###