COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first day of the 2005 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic wrapped up Saturday evening at Freed Beekman Park in Columbus. The Ohio State softball team posted a 1-1 record in its two games, opening with a 9-0 win over Miami before falling to Akron, 3-0. A total of 18 teams are competing in the event, which benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
The tournament will continue Sunday at 11 a.m. and feature 20 games during the day. Stefanie Spielman will make an appearance and speak to the teams at 5 p.m. on Field 1. The tournament is annually one of the Top 5 fundraisers in Columbus for the Stefanie Spielman Fund.
11 a.m. results
Cleveland State 3, Miami 0
Wright State 5, Akron 0
Bowling Green 2, Dayton 0
1 p.m. results
Ohio State 9, Miami 0
Wright State 6, Ohio 0
Bowling Green 3, Cleveland State 1
3 p.m. results
Akron 3, Ohio State 0
Ohio 3, Toledo 2
Kent State 8, Dayton 0
5 p.m. results
Akron 4, Cleveland State 0
Kent State 4, Wright State 2
Toledo 4, Dayton 3
Baker, Reeder Lead Ohio State Past Miami, 9-0
Ohio State senior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) drove in four runs and freshman Kim Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) pitched a five-inning shutout to lead the Buckeyes past Miami, 9-0, in a mercy rule win in Ohio State’s first game of the 2005 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus.
Baker knocked a two-run home run in the first inning and added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth inning. OSU freshman Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet) added a two-RBI double in the third inning, which was followed up with an RBI ground rule double by sophomore Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly).
“Pruner and Baker in the three-four spot came through for us and that was key,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “And getting our first two runners on base allowed them to drive them in. Kim (Reeder) came back and showed some maturity from her first tournament was throwing the ball hard. We need to continue to have our pitchers work ahead in the count and we need to continue to play good defense behind them. I’m not sure we did that so well in the second game and we didn’t attack up to bat. Akron threw a good pitcher, we have faced her before, she did a nice job working the edge of the plate.” Caputo.
Buckeyes fall to Akron, 3-0
Ohio State saw its tournament record dip to .500 with a 3-0 loss to Akron in the finale Saturday. Reeder pitched five innings of shutout relief and belted a double, but was stranded on second base. The Buckeyes then loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but the Zips were able to keep OSU off the board.
“We’re two weeks in to practice so we’re not quite gelled,” Kalafatis said. “These games continue to give us feedback on how we need to get better. We have some kids who are pushing through some things, too, and are a little sore.”
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