Feb. 28, 2004

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Columbus, Ga. – Ohio State sophomore Chelsea Baker allowed just three Virginia Tech hits Saturday night, but the Hokies held the Ohio State softball team to one hit and used a solo homerun in the sixth inning to defeat the Buckeyes, 1-0, as bracket play commenced at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.

Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) got the start on the mound for the Buckeyes and entered the game having not allowed an earned run yet this season in 8.1 innings of work. She extended that streak to 14 consecutive innings until Virginia Tech’s Rachel Pacheco smacked a solo homerun with two outs in the sixth inning, which held up to be the game-winner.

Freshman Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) came up with the lone Ohio State hit, which was a single in the 3rd inning.

Ohio State (4-5) had runners at second and third base with one out in the first inning but was kept from scoring. Then in the fifth inning, junior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) walked and later advanced to third base when Baker reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. With two outs, the two central Ohio natives attempted to score what would have been the game’s first run as Baker got in a delayed steal rundown between first and second base, but Rowlands was thrown out at the plate attempting to steal home in a very close play.

“We struggled, but we’re going to work through it,” senior Kristi DeVries (Corona, Calif./Corona) said. “We have to move on and put it behind us. Tomorrow is a new day and a new game and we’ll come out fighting. We don’t need to prove it to anyone but ourselves what kind of a team we have.” After beginning the season 6-1, Virginia Tech (7-4) had dropped three consecutive games at the NFCA Leadoff Classic before topping Ohio State Saturday night. The Hokies advance to play Arizona State Sunday. With the loss, Ohio State falls into the consolation portion of the bracket and will face Cal State-Fullerton at 9 a.m. Sunday.