April 29, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Billie Jo Carder hit a two-run home run in the second inning and it was more than enough for Jamee Juarez, who pitched her seventh shutout of the season and 10th of her career to lead the Buckeye softball team past Indiana, 4-0, Friday night at Buckeye Field. Ohio State (25-14, 5-6 Big Ten) wins for the sixth time in its last seven games, while Indiana (13-36, 2-13 Big Ten) suffers the loss despite outhitting the Buckeyes, 5-3.
Carder (jr., Celina, Ohio/Celina) launched her homer just inside the left field foul pole with one out in the second inning, scoring Juarez, who had reached on one of three Hoosier errors in the contest. The home run was Carder’s third of the season and second in Big Ten play and extends her hitting streak to five games, during which time she is 7-for-17 (.412) at the plate.
Juarez (so., La Puente, Calif./Wilson) notched her fourth straight win to improve to 19-10 on the season. Her first of five strikeouts in the game, which came to end the first inning, gave her sole possession of fifth-place on the Ohio State all-time strikeout list with 255. Juarez, who notched strikeouts for all three outs in the seventh inning, scattered five hits in the game, all singles until a double in the seventh inning.
Ohio State improves to 21-6 when scoring first. The Buckeyes stole six bases in the game, marking a new season high for thefts in a Big Ten game.
Ohio State scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning via RBI singles by sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) and junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales). Koyano’s single scored freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood), who had reached on an error, while Baker’s single brought home senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin), who had walked. The Buckeyes stole four bases in the inning, including two by Koyano and one each by Evans and sophomore Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain). Baker’s single extended her current hitting streak to a season-best seven games.
Indiana starter Mariangee Bogado, who threw a no-hitter against Evansville Tuesday, and IU reliever Megan Roark combined to hold the Buckeyes to three hits, but all three were run-producing hits.
Ohio State and Indiana will meet again Saturday at 1 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###