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Feb. 14, 2004

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Ohio State softball team dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 10 Texas Saturday afternoon in the Buckeyes’ third game at the Arizona State Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Phoenix. Ohio State senior pitcher Kristi DeVries (Corona, Calif./Corona) struck out five Texas hitters and allowed just seven hits, but a pair of Texas homeruns provided enough offense for the Longhorns, who are now 6-2 on the season coming off a fourth place finish at the 2003 NCAA Women’s College World Series.

Ohio State collected four hits in the contest, all singles, including one each from senior Breana Pozzi (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande), freshman Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) and juniors Jennifer Johnson (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready).

Ohio State scored its run in the second inning as Pozzi singled through the left side of the infield, moved to second base on a sacrifice by sophomore Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) and scored on an RBI single by Johnson through the right side.

Texas had taken an early 2-0 lead off a two-run homer from Wynter Turner in the top of the first inning. The Longhorns later got a solo shot from Sarah Wieszczak in the fifth inning.

“I was so proud of the way Kristi (DeVries) battled,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “They just got a couple of big hits and earned the run. We had a chance to make a run at them early but didn’t come through. We haven’t been able to get that big inning yet.”

The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but were held without a run by Texas pitcher Amy Bradford, who entered the game in the third inning in relief of Longhorn starter Christina Gwyn. Bradford, now 6-2 on the season, has earned the win in all six Texas victories in 2004.

Ohio State will face No. 20 Oregon later Saturday before taking on tournament host No. 19 Arizona State at noon Sunday in the final game of the weekend.