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Oct. 5, 2002

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team opened the second-annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic with a 4-0 win over Dayton at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus. Junior Kristi DeVries (Corona, Calif./Corona) pitched a one-hitter against the Flyers with the only hit of the game coming in the sixth inning. DeVries tallied five strikeouts and one walk, which occurred against the first batter of the game. The Buckeye defense faced only three batters in six out of the seven innings.

Four different players scored for the Buckeyes. Junior shortstop Breana Pozzi (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) reached on a walk to lead off the second inning. Sophomore Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) and senior Rogeanna Hottinger (Newark, Ohio/Newark) followed with back-to-back singles. Junior Beth McAbier (Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton) singled over the second baseman’s head to bring Pozzi into score and a Flyer throwing error allowed Rowlands to score on the same play.

In the bottom of the fifth, senior Jennifer Link (Yorba Linda, Calif./Sonora) led off the inning with a line drive past the shortstop and stole second. Karisa Evans, a sophomore from Franklin, Ohio, hit a line drive that deflected off the pitcher’s mitt and eventually brought Link home. Evans scored on senior Kristine Himes’ (Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley) double to left field.

“I was very impressed with Dayton’s pitcher (Dana Campbell) and the way she really slowed down our offense,” OSU head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “We had some lucky hits that dropped in. Our girls did a great job on defense and limited Dayton’s opportunities. It was a good start for us and we have a lot of games to play this weekend.”

The Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic continues today with pool play and finishes tomorrow with a double-elimination tournament. A schedule of games is available on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com