BATON ROUGE, La. Tory Haddad hit the first ever homerun in the new Tiger Park to help lead the Ohio State softball team to a 6-3 win over Sam Houston State Saturday morning at the Easton Tiger Classic. The Buckeyes improve to 6-1 on the season with an 11 a.m. contest against fifth-ranked Texas A&M left on the docket Saturday.
Haddad smashed the ball over the wall in left center in the bottom of the third for her second homerun of the season. All-American and USA Softball player of the year candidate Sam Marder also homered for the Buckeyes.
Sam Houston scored first in the top of the second and held the one-run lead until Haddad’s homer in the third. The Bearkats then stretched their lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth off Erin Burford’s double to left center that plated two SMSU players.
Marder then closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth by sending the ball over the center field fence for her third homerun of the season. She now has three on the season and moves to within two of second place on the Ohio State career homerun list.
A four-run fifth inning from the Buckeyes completed the come-from-behind win. Whitney Cooper, who started things off with a single down the leftfield line, crossed the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. With one out and a runner on third, Brittany Goodchild singled to shallow leftfield to score Kady Caughenbaugh and give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game.
The rally continued with RBI from Dee Dee Hillman and Marder to extend the Ohio State lead to 6-3 through four innings. The Buckeyes maintained the advantage, retiring the side in the seventh to seal the deal.
In the circle, Megan Miller pitched three innings before giving way to Kim Reeder in the top of the fourth. Reeder struck out four and gave up four hits through four innings of work. Her record improves to 3-1 on the season.
Ohio State and Texas A&M face each other for the eighth time in the series history beginning at 11 a.m. (CT). The Buckeyes are looking for their first win against the Aggies.