April 28, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team were swept by the Northwestern Wildcats today, 14-5 and 6-0, in a doubleheader at Anderson Field. Ohio State falls to 24-22 overall and 4-9 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats improve to 22-19 overall and 10-4 in the Big Ten.
Game One Ohio State scored first as Toni Hileman singled to rightfield to score Holly English in the top of the second. Northwestern would rally back strong in the bottom of the inning notching four runs off three hits to lead 4-1.
Ohio State came back to tie in the top of the fourth inning when Rogeanna Hottinger led off with a single to rightfield. Anna Smith and Jennifer Link both notched RBI-singles to tie the game at four.
Ohio State regained the lead off a Kristine Himes’ dinger over the leftfield wall in the fifth inning. It was her eighth homer of the season.
But the Wildcats rallied back, drilling the Buckeyes in the fifth inning, posting six runs off five hits. Northwestern’s Brie Brown held the Buckeyes, completing the game, giving up nine hits and striking out three for the win.
Inside the circle for the Buckeyes, reliever Katie Chain took the loss after pitching 1.1 innings, giving up five runs and striking out one.
Northwestern’s Lauren Schwendimann held the Buckeyes to two hits for the Wildcat’s 6-0 win. She shut down the Buckeye offense, walking only one and striking out six for her 12th win of the season. The Wildcats blasted 10 hits with Mike Chambers leading Northwestern offensively as she went 3-for-4, with three hits and an RBI.
Hottinger and Himes were the only Buckeyes to hit off Schwendimann, notching singles into the rightfield in the fifth and seventh inning.
Kristi Martin (6-7) completed the game, giving up four runs off 10 hits and striking out five.
Ohio State will next travel to Iowa City, Iowa to take on the No. 15 Hawkeyes in a two-game series on Saturday (6 p.m. CST) and Sunday (1 p.m.).