CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – With seven runs off of eight hits, the No. 16/17 Ohio State softball team (10-5) upset No. 3/5 UCLA (14-3), 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the 2010 Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Buckeyes wrapped up tournament play with four wins in five games, including two over ranked opponents.
Redshirt junior Lindsay Bodeker won her second game of the day, shutting out UCLA, who had averaged 8.25 runs a game heading into play Sunday. Earlier in the morning, Bodeker and the Buckeyes defeated Cal State Fullerton, 5-2.
“I can’t say enough about how tough Bo was today,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “And Cooper had a terrific day with a home run and great play on defense.
“Julia Pecina and Brittany Goodchild came in and scored big runs for us. All of our kids, even those who might not see as much playing time work so hard in practice and that makes us a good team.”
In the bottom of the first, the Buckeyes batted through the lineup, scoring three runs off of three hits. With one out on the board, senior Whitney Cooper sailed a ball over the left field fence for a three-run shot after Sam Marder walked and Courtney Pruner singled to center. Ohio State would load the bases with two outs, as Karisa Medrano walked, Leah Ledford singled and Megan Coletta was hit by a pitch, but UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld, who replaced starting pitcher Donna Kerr after one out, closed out the side without allowing another run.
In the second, Ohio State again put itself in scoring position with Marder on second and Alicia Herron and Cooper up to bat. The Barstow, Calif., native could not replicate her first inning action and instead hit into a ground ball double play to end the side.
Bodeker, who is 3-4 on the year, threw two strikes in both the first and second inning and faced just three batters in the third as the Buckeyes held the Bruins.
In the top of the fifth, UCLA loaded the bases with two outs on the board. With designated player Sammy Camuso who was batting .390 up at-bat, Bodeker jammed Camuso into a 4-3 putout to escape the side.
The Buckeyes went back to work, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Pruner started things off by getting on base with a single and freshman Julia Pecina entered the game to pinch run. Cooper advanced her to second and junior Brittany Goodchild laid down an RBI single to left field to bring in Pecina and move Cooper to second. Ledford reached base on an error by the Bruin’s second baseman and Cooper scored an unearned run. On a UCLA miscue, Goodchild stole home from third base and Ledford advanced from first to third for another unearned run.
The scoring barrage continued in the bottom of the sixth, as Marder hit her ninth home run of the season and 52nd in her career to give Ohio State a 7-0 win.
The Buckeyes make a return trip to California next weekend, heading to the Cal State Riverside Tournament in Riverside, Calif. There they will face host Cal State Roverside, Notre Dame and East Tennessee State (twice).