BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Friday, the Buckeyes beat Indiana junior Monica Wright, 3-2, but they had no answer for her Saturday as Wright and the Hoosiers salvaged a split with the Ohio State softball team, winning 4-0 at the Indiana Softball Field in Bloomington.
Wright went the distance again and this time held the Buckeyes (24-15, 3-7 Big Ten) to one hit. The Hoosiers (12-27, 2-8 Big Ten) have managed splits with Ohio State the last three times the Buckeyes have come to Bloomington, but had not shut out Ohio State since 1997, a 21-game span.
Ohio State junior Kim Reeder, who struck out a career-high 12 batters in a complete-game victory Friday, went the distance again but suffers the loss to fall to 13-10. It marked her first loss in four career decisions to Indiana.
After hitting the game-winning home run in the Buckeyes’ 4-3 win Friday, sophomore Sam Marder, who entering the day ranked second in the Big Ten in RBI and batting average, was walked three times.
Indiana used a suicide squeeze bunt to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Julia Hamilton led off with an infield single and went to second on an OSU throwing error on the play. A sacrifice bunt got her to third and Emily Bergeson then bunted back to Reeder in the circle with Hamilton charging home on the play. Reeder fielded the bunt and flipped to Marder, but Hamilton slid in just ahead of the tag.
Reeder cruised through the second inning with three strikeouts and retired the first two Hoosiers in the third, but then walked a batter and gave up back-to-back singles to centerfield, the second coming from Jennilee Huddleston, as Indiana built its lead to 2-0.
The Buckeyes appeared to be on the brink of a big inning when freshman Brittany Goodchild led off the third with a single to left field, but Indiana turned a double play when OSU senior Liz Caputo lined to Wright in the circle and her throw to first was in time to get Goodchild scampering back.
Indiana tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Sara Olson bounced a two-out single up the middle to score Bergeson, who walked, and Tory Yamaguchi, who singled.
Ohio State last threatened in the sixth inning when senior Brittany Vanderink drew a lead-off walk and Marder also walked, putting two runners aboard with one out. They both moved into scoring position when freshman Karisa Medrano grounded out to the shortstop and sophomore Tory Haddad’s 12-pitch at bat was a battle, but ended with a strikeout to end the threat.
The Hoosiers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, but nifty defense from third-baseman Rachael Shepherd helped hold Indiana without a run. Two-straight grounders were hit he way and she fielded both of them and threw home to Marder for the force at the plate. On the second one, Marder fired to Haddad at first for an inning-ending double play.
Ohio State travels to West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday night and will face Purdue at noon Sunday in a doubleheader that will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Postgame Notes Indiana 4, Ohio State 0 … April 12, 2008
– Ohio State had not been shut out by Indiana since April 2, 1997, in a 4-0 loss in Bloomington.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Freshman Brittany Goodchild had Ohio State’s only hit in the game and went 3-for-7 (.429) in the two games against Indiana.
– Sophomore Sam Marder has been walked 20 times by league pitchers, including three times Saturday.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Junior Kim Reeder pitched her 500th career inning Saturday. She ended the game with exactly 500 career innings pitched and will move into seventh place all-time at Ohio State when she reaches 502.0 innings. Colleen Kennedy (1986-90) current sits in seventh place with 501.2 innings.
– Reeder has pitched in 23 of Ohio State’s last 27 games, starting 16 of those contests.
– Buckeyes in the field: Freshman third-baseman Rachael Shepherd had two putouts and four assists Saturday. She has not committed an error in her last 23 games and has only one error in her last 30 games (87 attempts).
– Weather: Cloudy and 43 degrees at first pitch, wind out to right field 18 MPH (feels like 34 degrees).
– Ohio State is now 30-51-2 all-time against Indiana, including 12-22 in Bloomington.
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