BATON ROUGE, La. Senior pitcher Kim Reeder struck out seven and allowed just two hits in 7.1 innings as the Ohio State softball team defeated No. 21-ranked LSU, 2-0, in eight innings Friday night at Tiger Stadium. The Buckeyes are 5-1 on the season with two games remaining this weekend, while the Tigers fall to 4-3 on the season. The loss is the first for LSU in its brand new stadium.
Reeder pitched seven scoreless innings before giving way to Lindsay Bodeker, who earned her first career save, midway through the eighth. Friday marks the first time a Buckeye game has gone into extra innings since April 20, 2008, against Penn State.
Reeder, Bodeker and LSU hurlers Cody Trahan and Kirsten Shortridge combined for 18 strikeouts through seven scoreless innings on both sides. This is the first win for Ohio State over LSU in the four-game series history and also stands as the first win over a ranked team since Feb. 22, 2008, and a 4-0 win over then-No. 23 Cal State Fullerton in the Palm Springs Classic.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the top of the eighth for Brittany Goodchild, who grounded out to second base, but scored Katie Simonton for the first run of the game. With runners on second and third, pinch hitter Vanessa Spears walked to load the bases a second time for Leah Ledford. The junior from West Chester, Ohio, singled to score Kady Caughenbaugh (as a pinch runner for Tory Haddad) to give Ohio State the 2-0 lead.
In the Buckeyes’ defensive half of the extra inning, Goodchild snagged a hard fly to right field for the first out. Reeder then gave way to Bodeker in the circle with one out in the bottom of the eighth and promptly fanned Morgan Russell to put two down. LSU then managed to load the bases, but Ashley Applegate grounded into a fielder’s choice for the final out.
The Buckeyes return to action at 9 a.m. Saturday against Sam Houston before taking the field against fifth-ranked Texas A&M at 11 a.m. The Aggies (5-1) defeated the Bearkats, 8-3, in the first game of the Tiger Classic Friday evening.