COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Ohio State softball won its third-consecutive game after defeating No. 25 Mississippi State, 7-0, and Hofstra, 2-0, Friday afternoon at the South Commons fields during the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The wins give the Buckeyes a 14-3 record on the season and a 5-1 mark against teams ranked in either the NFCA of USA Softball weekly polls.
In game one vs. the Bulldogs, Sam Marder belted a pair of two-run homeruns to lead the Buckeyes to the win. Courtney Pruner added a solo blast, while pitcher Kim Reeder shut out the opposition for the fifth time this season to earn her seventh win.
Vanessa Spears started off the bottom of the first by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second base for Marder, who cranked a shot to left centerfield for put the Buckeyes on top 2-0. They stretched the lead to three an inning later when Spears plated Alicia Herron with a double to right center.
Scoring settled until the fifth inning when Dee Dee Hillman singled up the middle and Marder hit her second homerun of the game to leftfield. The USA Softball player of the year candidate has gone yard nine times so far this season and now has 38 for her career. Pruner immediately answered with a one-run shot to rightfield, marking the first back-to-back homers since
The rally did not stop there, however, as Katie Simonton scored as a pinch runner for Tory Haddad as a sac fly to center by Herron to cement the seven-run lead.
Ohio State’s homerun barrage continued in the second game vs. the Pride of Hofstra when Rebecca Schultz hit her first career homerun in the top of the fourth, scoring herself and Herron, who reached base on an infield single to the shortstop.
Megan Miller pitched five innings vs. Hofstra, earning her second win of the season while striking out three. Lindsay Bodeker earned the save after coming in for the bottom of the sixth inning and tallying three K’s.
The Buckeyes continue play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic Saturday with games against Florida State at 4 p.m. and Houston at 6:30 p.m.