Oct. 8, 2011

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State had two close contests Saturday afternoon in the first day of action in the 11th annual Collegiate Charity Classic at Fred Beekman Park.

The Buckeyes tied Dayton 0-0 in their first matchup Saturday, then dropped a 4-3 decision to Toledo in the second game.

Sophomore Kasie Kelly pitched five scoreless innings against Dayton, allowing only one hit while striking out four Flyer batters. Mikayla Endicott pitched two innings in relief, with three strike outs while allowing two hits.

Ohio State had several scoring chances. In the third inning, Melissa Rennie doubled and then stole third base, but was left stranded. In the sixth inning, Caitlin Conrad led off with a single, and Alicia Herron followed with an intentional pass, but both were left on base. A Maddie McIntyre single followed by a Rennie walk in the seventh inning left two baserunners stranded as well.

In the second game, the Buckeyes scored first versus Toledo, when Taylor Watkins reached base on an error, was moved to second on a walk to Herron and then was driven home on a double by Shelby Pickett.

McIntyre doubled in the fourth inning, then scored on a single by Megan Coletta. Ohio State’s final run came in the sixth inning, when a double from Conrad drove in pinchrunner Alyson Mott.

Freshman Alex DiDomenico pitched four innings against Toledo, giving up four hits and a pair of runs. Audrey Plant pitched one inning for Ohio State, allowing one hit and two unearned runs. Melanie Nichols pitched the final two innings for OSU, allowing no hits and registering one strike out.

On Sunday, Ohio State faces Ohio at 11 a.m. and then plays Wright State at 1 p.m. All Sunday games are also at Fred Beekman Park.