CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. Lindsay Bodeker struck out 11, while three Buckeyes belted homeruns to lead the Ohio State softball team to an 8-0 run-rule victory over Loyola Marymount in five innings. The win gives the Buckeyes an 11-2 record on the season, while the Lions are now 8-7 overall.
This is the sixth game this season that Ohio State has won by at least eight runs.
Bodeker, who improved to 5-0 with the win, walked the first batter of the game, but then rattled off a season-high tying seven-consecutive strikeouts through the top of the third. She gave up just three hits through the balance of the contest, retiring the side in three batters twice.
Beginning with a four-run third inning, the Buckeye offense provided more than enough run support to complete the shutout. Ohio State loaded the bases in its half of the third and walked home a run for the first time this season. Karisa Medrano followed up with a single up the middle to score two runs before Dee Dee Hillman wrapped up scoring for the inning by stealing home.
The scoring onslaught continued in the fourth when Whitney Cooper hit a solo blast to leftfield for her third homerun of the season. Not to be out-done, Sam Marder stretched the lead to 7-0 in the fifth with her team-leading sixth homerun, a two-run shot to center, followed by Courtney Pruner and her walk-off solo homer to left center that gave Ohio State the automatic run-rule win.
This is the second time this season that the Buckeyes have hit three homeruns in a game.
Ohio State wraps up play at the Cathedral City Classic with two games Sunday. They take the field at noon (PT) against No. 7/3 Washington (8-2) and again at 2 p.m. vs. UC Santa Barbara (8-5).