April 23, 1999
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (16-24 overall, 2-11 in Big Ten) swept a doubleheader over the Dayton Flyers (18-26 overall, 7-1 in Atlantic-10) 4-2 and 9-0. Game one featured Renae Weigel (Jr., Coldwater, Ohio) blasting her fifth home run of the season to tie the OSU single-season record. Game two ended with Stacy Roth (Fr., Wauseon, Ohio) bombing her third home run of the season to tie the school freshman record.
In game one, the Buckeyes got on board in the bottom half of the first inning. With two outs, Roth tripled to right-centerfield. Jaime Chenevey (Sr., Wooster, Ohio) then took the very next pitch by Dayton’s Sarah Hatcher over the left-centerfield wall for her second home run of the season.
The Buckeyes added their final runs of the game in the third inning. With one out, Roth singled to rightfield. Then on a 3-2 pitch, Weigel tied the OSU single-season home run record held by Jodi Dolan (1997) and Marla Pickard (1994).
“Having played with Jodi, it’s nice to tie the record,” Weigel said. “But more importantly, it helped us win the game. This team is playing in a nice rhythm right now. Hopefully we can keep it going this weekend in Wisconsin.”
Inside the circle, Samantha Kimura (Fr., Placentia, Calif.) improved to 4-1 on the year. She pitched hitless ball for 3.1 innings. Toni Hileman (Jr., Alliance, Ohio) pitched the final inning to earn her second save of the year. Hatcher (4-11) took the loss for UD.
In game two, the Buckeyes jumped on Dayton for nine runs off 12 hits. Leading the way was Anna Smith (Fr., Walnut, Calif.). She had a career high three runs batted in and tied a career high with three hits. Cheryl Palaroan (Sr., Reno, Nev.) chipped in with a 2-for-3, two RBI performance.
But the highlight of the game came in the sixth inning. With one out and Smith on second base, Roth took a 2-0 pitch over the left-centerfield wall to tie the OSU freshman home run record held by Weigel (1997) and Amy Haug (1996). The mercy rule (eight run lead after five full innings) was then invoked. “I didn’t even know about the record,” Roth said. “She gave me a good pitch to hit so I took it.”
Inside the circle, Jenn Elwell (Fr., Dearborn Heights, Mich.) tossed her first shutout of the season and improved her record to 2-1. UDs Karen Hill (7-4) was charged with the loss.
The Buckeyes will head to Madison, Wis., for a three-game series against Wisconsin beginning on Saturday.