BATON ROUGE, La. Sam Marder hit her Big-Ten leading fifth homerun of the season to help drive the Ohio State softball team … The Buckeyes swept their five games in the tournament, improving to 9-1 on the season and matching the best 10-game start to the season in program history. The Bearkats fall to 4-4 overall.
In the bottom of the first, Marder singled to leftfield, bringing Courtney Pruner to the plate. The junior right fielder, who homered in the first game of the day, hit a triple to centerfield, plating Marder and giving the Buckeyes an early lead.
The score remained 1-0 through 3.5 innings until the bottom of the fifth when Marder belted the ball over the left centerfield wall to stretch the lead to 2-0. The homerun gave the USA Softball player of the year candidate 29 for her career and moved her into a tie for second place on the career charts with Stacy Roth. Marder is now 12 homeruns away from matching the record 41 set by Kristine Himes in 2000-03.
Lindsay Bodeker earned her fourth win of the season in the circle, striking out 11 and giving up just one hit and allowing one walk.
The Buckeyes return to action at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 ET) Friday against Nevada at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Wolf Pack is currently 6-2 with three games on the schedule before taking on Ohio State.
P Kim Reeder (Ohio State)
P Brittany Mack (LSU)
C Sam Marder (Ohio State)
INF Sarah Parich (Sam Houston State)
INF Natalie Villarreal (Texas A&M)
INF Ashley Langoni (LSU)
INF Juliana Santos (LSU)
OF Courtney Pruner (Ohio State)
OF Holly Ridley (Texas A&M)
OF Kirsten Shortridge (LSU)
At-Large Morgan Mikulan (Sam Houston State)
MVP Kim Reeder (Ohio State)