March 9, 2018
FULLERTON, Calif. – The No. 16/19 Ohio State softball team used a fast start and big seventh inning to blank San Diego State, 7-0, on its first day at the Louisville Slugger Invitational at Anderson Family Field. The Buckeyes improve to 12-1 while the Aztecs drop to 8-13.
IN A NUTSHELL
Niki Carver opened the game with a leadoff double to right field to get the offense going. Facing two outs, Shelby McCombs hammered a double, her first of the season, deep to left field to bring Carver in for a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, Bailee Sturgeon roped a leadoff double down the left field line, her first extra-base hit this season. Once again, the Buckeyes were looking at two outs but that did not deter Lilli Piper, who drove the ball over the left field wall for a two-run homer.
Ohio State added four runs on six hits and an error in the seventh. Emily Clark doubled to right field and Ashley Goodwin followed up with a two-run shot over the left field fence. Next up, McCombs singled to centerfield and advanced to second on a wild pitch to keep the momentum going. After coming in as a pinch hitter, Kallie Boren looped an RBI-double for another tally. Right behind her, Sturgeon had a bunt single before White singled through the left side to usher in the final run.
IN THE CIRCLE
Morgan Ray (7-1) was nearly perfect in the circle as she tossed a three-hit complete game. The RHP had a no-hitter bid through four innings of work. Ray tallied two strikeouts and limited the Aztecs to five base runners.
The Buckeyes continue tournament play tomorrow against San Jose State (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET) and Cal State Fullerton (12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET).