April 11, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team loaded the bases in each of the first four innings on its way to an 8-2 win over Toledo Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. Ohio State (25-14, 6-2 Big Ten) improves to 10-0 at home this season and out-hit Toledo (11-24, 2-5 Mid-American Conference) 10-5.
Pitching her 10th complete game, OSU junior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) scattered four hits to improve to 12-8 on the season. She struck out six and has now won eight of her last 11 decisions.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the first inning and Juarez cleared them with a single that got past Toledo left fielder Andrea Wabol. OSU junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) had singled, junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) had walked and senior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) had singled to set up Juarez.
Ohio State added another run in the second inning when senior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI ground out by Schwab. OSU’s run in the third inning came via a fielder’s choice line drive to centerfield by junior Lauren Daykin (Melbourne, Australia/Manatee C.C., Fla.) to score Baker, who had hit her second single.
A double by junior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) got OSU’s three-run fourth inning started. Juarez walked with the bases loaded to score Douglas, senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) hit a sacrifice fly and Daykin’s second single of the game drove in Baker, who had been hit by a pitch.
Koyano, Douglas, Baker and Daykin all had two hits for the Buckeyes. Baker scored three runs, tying her career high.
Ohio State and Toledo will meet in game two Tuesday at 7 p.m.