Oct. 5, 2002
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team earned their second win of the day against Kent State, 5-1, today in the second-annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus, Ohio. Senior pitcher Katie Chain (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) gets credit for the win, which included seven strikeouts and no walks.
The Buckeyes took over the game in the second inning. After Kent State’s Grete Hornstrom popped out to first base, Golden Flash Jodi Stevens hit a long triple to the left side. Chain then struck out Kent State’s Rachel Testa before OSU’s Meghan Rowlands (So./Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) made a tough diving catch for KSU’s Carrie Eneix’s fly ball deep to the left side.
OSU’s offense came alive after Rowlands’ defensive stop. Senior Kristine Himes (Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley) began the inning with a single to right field. Freshman BJ Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) then popped one up right over the pitcher’s head. Rowlands singled to right field, which resulted in Himes scoring plus Rowlands and Carder advanced to second and third, respectively, on the throw. After two outs, senior Rogeanna Hottinger (Newark, Ohio/Newark) brought in the two runs (Rowlands and Carder) off a triple to the right side.
Two more runs came for the Buckeyes in the third inning. Sophomore Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) singled to the shortstop and then advanced to second by junior Kristi DeVries’ (Corona, Calif./Corona) single to the right center. Evans then made it to third off a fly ball from Himes before scoring on Carder’s fly out to centerfield. DeVries advanced around the bases on singles from Carder and Rowlands and made it home when Rowlands attempted to steal second.
“Kent State is a good team,” OSU head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “This is a great opportunity for us because we are getting a lot of young kids in the game.”
OSU freshman Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) started for the Buckeyes at catcher and classmate Andrea Tribuzi (Plano, Tex./Plano East) saw time on the mound for Ohio State.
The Golden Flash run came in the fifth inning and was an unearned run by Kent State’s Testa.
The Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic is a fundraiser for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Admission is a five-dollar donation at the door and all proceeds will be given directly to the Spielman Fund.
Ohio State plays at 6 p.m. tonight against Toledo. Play continues tomorrow with a double-elimination tournament beginning at 9 a.m. A complete schedule is available on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com