COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked and Big Ten-leading Ohio State softball team continues its six-game homestand at 2 p.m. Sunday with a doubleheader vs. Oakland at New Buckeye Field. The event closes out “Scarlet and Gray Days,” a series of Ohio State sporting events scheduled for throughout the weekend, beginning Friday night with baseball’s series-opener against Northwestern and continuing through the weekend with the men’s lacrosse game vs. Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium and football’s annual Spring Game.
The Buckeyes (36-7, 12-2 Big Ten) are coming off a doubleheader split with Purdue Wednesday. The Boilermakers snapped an 11-game winning streak for Ohio State with a 3-2 wio in the first game before the Buckeyes came back to take a 4-1 victory in the second. Lindsay Bodeker earned her 13th win of the season in that game, striking out eight in what head coach Linda Kalafatis called her “most complete game in awhile.” Leah Ledford went 2-for-3 in the game and scored two runs while driving home each of the other two.
Oakland (19-25) has won five of its last six games, including a 4-3 win over Michigan State Thursday. Julie Owens hit her fourth homerun of the season in the eighth inning to lead the Grizzlies to the win, while senior pitcher Jessica Granger leads Oakland in the circle with a 14-12 record. Ohio State is 10-1 in the all-time series. The teams have not met since the 2007 season, when the Buckeyes swept the Grizzlies 9-1 (five innings) and 5-0, in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won eight-consecutive games in the series, with Oakland last earning a win in the opening game of a doubleheader in 2001, 4-2.
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Webcast: The majority of Ohio State home games, including the doubleheader vs. Oakland, will be streamed live on Buckeye Vision, from OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Subscription fees apply.
Radio: Scarlet and Gray Radio, the student station of Ohio State, will provide commentary for the Buckeye Vision broadcast. The audio also can be followed on OhioStateSports.net.
Live stats: Live stats for all Buckeye home games are available and will be linked from the homepage, as well as the softball schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com
The Buckeyes are ranked the highest they have been this season in both the NFCA/USA Today and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls, holding on to a Top 25 spot for a school-record 10-consecutive week and coming in at Nos. 14 and 12, respectively. At No. 14, Ohio State is just one spot away from its highest-ever all-time position No. 13 in the final poll of the 2002 season.
The previous record for consecutive weeks in the nation’s Top 25 was eight, set in 2003 and matched again last season. By earning the No. 23 nod by USA Softball Feb. 17, the Buckeyes returned to the national rankings after an 11-week absence. Ohio State spent the first six weeks of the 2008 season in the Top 25 before dropping out in the March 10 edition. The Scarlet and Gray is 93-45 all-time, 24-5 this season, when ranked in either the USA Softball or NFCA polls.