Feb. 27, 2004

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Columbus, Ga. – The Ohio State softball team dropped a 6-0 decision to undefeated and third-ranked California Friday night as the Buckeyes concluded their first day at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. Ohio State pitchers Kristi DeVries and Chelsea Baker combined to limit the Bears to four hits, but California pitcher Kelly Anderson held the Buckeyes to three hits to improve to 9-0 on the season.

California (15-0) scored three runs in the second inning off two hits, but the Buckeyes attempted a comeback in the fourth inning as freshman Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) singled and advanced to third on a double by freshman Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) with no outs. California was able to get out of the inning, however, and added three more runs in its half of the fourth inning.

Ohio State starting pitcher DeVries (Corona, Calif./Corona) struck out the first two hitters in the fourth, but a pair of Buckeye errors allowed California’s Kaleo Eldridge to come to plate, where she smacked a three-run homer to put the Bears up 6-0.

Ohio State falls to 0-2 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic and 3-4 overall on the season.

DeVries collected a pair of strikeouts and allowed just three hits in four innings of work. Sophomore Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) came on in relief for the second time in as many games Friday and held California to one hit and no runs over the final two innings. Junior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) singled in the fifth inning and was 2-for-4 at the plate in the two games Friday.

Ohio State will face Florida Atlantic at 12:30 Saturday in the third and final game of pool play at the tournament. Following pool play, each of the 24 teams in the tournament will be placed into one of three brackets (gold, silver, bronze) based on pool play won-lost records.