Feb. 27, 2005
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Ohio State sophomore pitcher Jamee Juarez held No. 18 Oregon State to just four hits, but the Buckeye softball team (4-5) was limited to three hits of its own as the Beavers (9-6) topped Ohio State, 2-0, Saturday night at the Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Palm Springs, Calif.
Playing its third nationally ranked opponent in the last four games, Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) struck out four Oregon State hitters and at one point retired nine of 10 consecutive hitters, but the Beavers got a solo home run in the second inning and added another run in the sixth inning to take the victory.
In the fourth inning, Juarez notched a leadoff single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly). One batter later, junior Billie Jo Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) singled to right field, but Juarez was thrown out at home plate trying to score, which ended the inning. Freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) also added a third-inning base hit for the Buckeyes.
Oregon State’s Kelly Peterson homered to center field to lead off the second inning, putting the Beavers up 1-0, but Juarez set down the next seven Oregon State hitters and nine of ten to keep Oregon State from building on its lead. Oregon State’s Vanessa Iapala doubled to lead off the sixth inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Peterson, who, with her two RBI against the Buckeyes, became the first player in Oregon State history to collect both 100 runs scored and 100 RBI.
Ohio State was facing the Beavers’ top pitcher, Brianne McGowan, who improves to 7-2 with the win. Juarez sees her record slip to 2-4.
Ohio State will conclude play at the Palm Springs Classic Sunday as the Buckeyes take on Long Island University at 9 a.m. Next weekend, Ohio State will travel to the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic in Atlanta, Ga.
### GO BUCKS! ###