Calabasas, Calif., native keeps Buckeye fans up-to-date on Ohio State’s trip to Palm Springs

Feb. 27, 2010
For anyone who does not already know … there is only one word to describe our second game, unbelievable. After losing to Tennessee and being down the entire game, we pulled off an amazing upset in the last inning to shock the Oregon State Beavers. Down 7-3 with only three outs to spare our team never backed down.

After the bottom of our lineup set the stage, it came down to Alicia Herron. With the bases loaded, two outs, down by four with a full count, Alicia tied the game sending the ball at least 700 feet over the left center wall. In that moment, it had felt like we had won the World Series. Never had I experienced such a movie like moment. We then proceeded to score in the bottom of the eighth thanks to great execution by Whitney Cooper and Leah Ledford’s go ahead run hit. Megan Miller shut the door on the Beavers like she had done all night after coming in the game in the third inning, and we finally got our first program win over Oregon State in dramatic fashion.

After the game, at least five people asked me who hit the “famous grand slam” and I smiled pointing to the girl walking behind me who I am sure was soaking in the moment.

It was such a good feeling to greet our fans after the game knowing what a great team win the game was. You have to be a really mentally and physically tough team to win a game down by so many runs, and I could not be prouder of how we stuck together as a team and pulled out the win.

Also, at this time I would like to give a shout out to our amazing fans. Even though we are an Ohio team every year our fans seem to be the biggest, loudest and over all best group of fans out there, and we appreciate you more than you know!

A special shout out goes out to the Jeff and Laura have no family on the team and came all the way from Ohio just to watch us play! If that is not dedication, then I do not know what is. After the game Coach K wanted to go to her favorite place to eat in California, Dell Taco, but for all of us who salivate at the words In-n-Out, we compromised to have the choice between the two restaurants. I think it took me less than a minute to gobble down my double-double, and licked my fingers on the way to the bus 🙂

We have an early day tomorrow against CS Fullerton and then UCLA so I am going to hit the sheets! Goodnight and Go Bucks!

Feb. 26, 2010
After the team enjoyed a fantastic night’s sleep, we woke up to our first day of California sun.  My roommate Simo (Katie Simonton) and I took in the beautiful scenery on our walk to breakfast. It was pretty nice to walk out of my door without taking an extra 10 minutes to put on layers and layers of clothing.

The hotel’s yummy breakfast was a great start to our morning. The hotel had blackberry jelly which Dre (Karisa Medrano) and I love. When you get that kind of variety, you know it’s going to be a good day!

We then boarded the bus just in time to hear about how much fun dip Vanessa and Megan had brought with them to get them ready for the game! For me, my headphones and i-pod were enough.

Our tournament in Palm Springs started off on a good foot with our win over Fresno State. Melanie Nichols had a solid pitching performance pitching with zero earned runs, two strike outs and only one walk to earn her third win of the season. The game was a pitching duel until Dre hit a two-run homer to put us ahead 2-0. After that, our offense started to come alive thanks to Alicia Heron’s RBI triple, and Whitney Cooper’s two-out hit to score the fourth run of the game. We had a couple slip-ups on defense but the team kept its cool and we pulled out the win in front of the best fans in Palm Springs, improving our record to 7-4.

After the game I was ready to eat the Tri-Tip sandwich I smelled all game, and with some grilled onions and homemade BBQ sauce on top, I was set. I stayed back and watched the Washington-Oklahoma game during our free time. Now we are back at the hotel where a number of the girls are enjoying laying by the pool soaking up the California rays and 70 degree weather. I hope everyone reading in Columbus right now isn’t sending hate e-mails to me right now! But back to the weather, if it could be perfect in February this is what it would be.

A lot of the girl’s whose parents were in town went to dinner with them, as did I. I got spoiled to a dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with my parents, where we saw some Buckeye fans. Of course my mom found it necessary to introduce herself and talk all about the Ohio State softball team. Whether they wanted to be or not, they know all about us now and said they would follow our team throughout the season. That’s my mom for you!

When I returned to my room around 9 p.m., I found my roommate already ready for bed. The night before Simo had come back from her shower to find me passed out with the lights on at 9:30 p.m., so this time it was her who decided to get the early snooze.

Tomorrow we play Tennessee and Oregon State – two big games! Hopefully Megan and Vanessa have not found any more fun dip in the morning. Until then or maybe after dinner if you’re lucky… 😉 

Go Bucks!

P.S.: Very excited because in the morning we get to go to a great breakfast place, Elmer’s!!!

Feb. 25, 2010
In the words of Notorious B.I.G., we’re “Going, going, back, back, to Cali, Cali.”

For the 10 members of our team that call “The Golden State” our home, and for the rest of the team looking forward to sunshine and palm trees, we were all very excited to board our flight for California today.

It would probably be an understatement to say our four hour flight to Phoenix was not the smoothest but we arrived safe and sound to enjoy an hour and a half layover where some of the team enjoyed some delicious Mexican food.

Now, it’s not that the Mexican food in Ohio is bad, but I think it is safe to say we can get a little more of an authentic taste on the West Coast. We then jumped on our next flight and landed in Ontario, Calif., only an hour and a half later. It was a little bit of a drive but we arrived at the extremely luxurious Westin Hotel around 8:30 p.m. PST.

Since it was 11:30 p.m. EST, everyone was tired from the day of traveling and excited to get in bed, especially since they are so comfy here! On a side note, my ears still have not popped so the noise canceling headphones I bought for traveling were not needed today since I can’t hear a thing!

We have an early day tomorrow taking on the Fresno State Bulldogs in the morning so until then good night all and Go Bucks!

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