COLUMBUS, Ohio The 14-ranked and Big Ten-leading Ohio State softball team split its series with Purdue Wednesday, falling 3-2 in the first game before earning a 4-1 win in the second, at New Buckeye Field. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Buckeyes, who move to 36-7 on the season, 12-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are now 24-17 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
Game Two: Lindsay Bodeker struck out eight and allowed just four hits through seven innings to earn her 13th win of the season in the second game.
After 2.5 scoreless innings, the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Tory Haddad doubled to left field, plating Leah Ledford who singled up the middle to start off the inning. Purdue tied it up in the top of the fourth, but a three-run Buckeye barrage in the bottom half of the inning put Ohio State back on top.
The Buckeyes loaded the base with the help of a pair of walks and an error by the Boilermaker third baseman, giving Ledford a full slate. A single from the West Chester, Ohio, native, who finished the game 2-for-3, scored Alicia Herron and Courtney Pruner giving Ohio State a 3-1 lead. Vanessa Spears then sent Ledford home with a sac bunt to the first baseman stretch the lead to three.
With the 4-1 advantage, Bodeker earned four of her eight strikeouts and gave up just one hit in the final three innings.
Game One: Ohio State jumped out to a 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Tory Haddad sent a sac fly deep to right field that scored Dee Dee Hillman after the sophomore leadoff hitter reached on a single up the middle to start out the inning. The Buckeyes would hold on to the lead until the fourth when Purdue rallied for all three of its runs.
With one out, the Boilermakers put two runners in scoring position, both of whom scored on a single by Molly Garst. Garst would score the third run herself when Ashley Barr put up an outfield single.
Ohio State cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the inning with Hillman’s second run of the game. The Defiance, Ohio, native singled to third base to start the drive, advanced to third on a base hit by Sam Marder and capitalized on a Boilermaker fielding error by stealing home and making the score 3-2.
Kim Reeder earned the loss in the circle, falling to 19-4 on the year and earning her first “L” since March 24 at North Carolina. The senior captain struck out five in the loss.
Up Next: The Buckeyes return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday in a non-conference doubleheader with Oakland at New Buckeye Field. Admission is free.