SEATTLE, Wash. – The Ohio State softball team went 1-1 on Saturday at the Husky Classic. The Buckeyes fell to Seattle, 3-0, to split the series before bouncing back with a 9-3 win over Idaho State.
GAME 1: Seattle 3, Ohio State 0
Seattle (12-8) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a bases-loaded walk. Claire Nicholson limited the damage by making a tough catch in foul territory.
In the home half of the inning Emily Clark and Kaitlyn Coffman were both hit by pitches, putting a pair on for the Buckeyes. A wild pitch moved the duo into scoring position but the team could not capitalize.
The Redhawks tacked on two more runs in the third with an RBI double and single.
Ohio State tried to rally in the final frame on a single by Ashley Prange and Megan McMenemy walk but nothing else was going.
Kat Duvall was tagged with the loss for the Buckeyes, dropping to 1-2 on the year. She gave up three runs off three hits with one strikeout in 2.1 innings. Morgan Ray spent 4.2 innings in the circle, recording eight strikeouts and allowing a pair of hits.
GAME 2: Ohio State 9, Idaho State 3
Ohio State’s bats started to get hot in the top of the fourth with three runs on two hits. Meg Otte opened the inning with a single to right field. She showed her quickness by stealing second and going to third on fly ball. Claire Nicholson put the Buckeyes on the board when she drove the ball up the middle to plate Otte. Summer Constable entered as a pinch runner and stole second. Facing two outs, Andi Farrah knocked a two-run shot over right field for the first home run of her career.
Kallie Boren pushed the advantage to 4-0 in the sixth on a solo home run over center field, her first as a Buckeye.
Idaho State (6-11) joined the party in the home half of the inning on a sacrifice fly and RBI single to cut the lead in half, 4-2.
The Buckeyes responded to the Bengals in the seventh by putting up five runs on four hits and an error. Emily Clark sparked the offense with a solo home run over the left field wall. Ashley Prange reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second before Otte drew a walk. A grounder moved the pair into scoring position and Nicholson doubled down the left field line to bring them home.
Next up, Niki Carver had a single to put runners on the corners and Amy Balich entered the game as a pinch runner. While Balich stole second, Idaho State’s catcher attempted to make the throw to catch her stealing but it went over the shortstop’s head, giving Nicholson time to score. Farrah’s bat stayed hot as she roped a RBI triple, another first of her career.
Buckeye Nation got its first look at right-handed pitcher Jessica Ross in the bottom of the seventh. After giving up a walk, the rookie caught a Bengal looking for her first strikeout in Scarlet & Gray. Idaho State managed to tack on a run with a RBI double but Ross stayed focused and delivered back-to-back swinging strikeouts to wrap up the game.
RHP Lauren Rice picked up her fifth win of the season. She lasted six innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out four.
The Buckeyes conclude their time in the Emerald City with a 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET outing against NIU tomorrow.