BATON ROUGE, La. The Ohio State softball team swept No. 5-ranked Texas A&M in two games at the Easton Tiger Classic, winning 2-0, Sunday morning after earning a 9-3 victory Saturday. The Buckeyes are now 8-1 on the season, while the Aggies fall to 5-4.
Senior pitcher Kim Reeder struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits and three walks as she earned her fourth win of the season. In the batter’s box, it was Courtney Pruner who delivered the lone two runs of the game with her first homer of the season. With the shot to leftfield, Pruner moved into a tie for sixth on the career homerun chart with 15.
With two outs in the top of the third, Sam Marder singled up the leftfield line, bringing Pruner to the plate in the cleanup spot. The junior from Akron, Ohio, hit her first homerun of the season over the leftfield fence to give Ohio State the 2-0 lead.
After retiring the side in the bottom half of the third, the ensuing four innings turned into a defensive battle for both teams as neither team was credited with a hit in the final three innings of the game.
The last time Ohio State beat a ranked opponent in back-to-back games was April 9, 2006, when it knocked off No. 15 Northwestern in a doubleheader. Since 1995, the Buckeyes have never defeated a Top 10 team in consecutive contests.
The Buckeyes wrap up the Easton Tiger Classic with an 11 a.m. (CT) contest against Sam Houston State. Ohio State defeated the Bearkats, 6-3, Saturday morning off homeruns by Tory Haddad and Marder.