COLUMBUS, Ohio – Leah Ledford is enjoying her time in the starting line-up this season. She has been on the field for the starting pitch in 26 games this season, up from 10 a year ago, and is batting .357 in the last five games of the Buckeyes’ current 11-game winning streak.
With this new role has come new success. Last week, she batted .400 with seven RBI through the team’s three wins that extended its winning streak to 11 games. Against Evansville, the sophomore outfielder entered the game in the bottom of the sixth as a pinch hitter for Dee Dee Hillman and promptly sent a two-RBI double down the left field line to lead the Buckeyes to a 6-2 win.
Her offensive prowess continued vs. Wisconsin in the Buckeyes’ doubleheader Saturday on the Big Ten Network. Ledford anchored the batting order and went 2-for-4 with four RBI from the No. 9 spot. The West Chester, Ohio, native’s two hits included a three-run shot to left field in the top of the seventh that led a five-run rally for Ohio State.
Then, in the second game, Ledford scored the game-tying run in the top of the seventh, securing the four-run comeback to force extra innings. She doubled to right center, plating Schultz, and advacned to third on the throw before returning home herself on a wild pitch to tie the ballgame.
Ledford and the Buckeyes take the field at 5 p.m. tonight for the first of two games vs. the Boilermakers, who are 23-16 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten.