March 11, 2022

Buckeyes Defeat Stony Brook, 6-3, to Kick Off Spring Break Trip

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State softball team began its 11-game, eight-day Spring Break trip on a winning note, topping Stony Brook 6-3 on Friday afternoon at the USF Softball Stadium on the campus of the University of South Florida.

The Buckeyes improve to 10-3 on the season while Stony Brook is now 8-4.

The Short Story
Ohio State strung together four runs on three hits in the fourth inning – all coming with two outs – to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead that the Buckeyes would never relinquish.

The Buckeyes’ two-three-four hitters combined to go 7-for-10 with five RBI and four runs scored. Meggie Otte, who finished 2-for-4 on the day, broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out triple in the fourth inning that scored Jaycee Ruberti and Kaitlyn Farley to provide the Buckeyes’ biggest hit of the day.

Pitcher Lexie Handley went the distance, picking up her fifth win of the season while not allowing a hit after the third inning. She struck out three and walked three.

How The Runs Were Scored

  • In the top of the first, a Sam Hackenbracht double – her sixth of the year – scored Ruberti for an early 1-0 Ohio State lead.
  • Stony Brook tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the second when Connie Badger scored from third base on a wild pitch.
  • The Buckeyes would quickly respond, however, putting a run on the board in the top of the third via a Taylor Pack double down the left field line. It scored Ruberti, who started the inning with a single up the middle.
  • Stony Brook’s Catherine Anne Kupinski’s ground rule double in the bottom of the third brought across two runs for the Seawolves as they took their first lead of the game, 3-2.
  • That advantage, however, wouldn’t last for long. In the top of the fourth, the Buckeyes broke the game open with a momentum-changing four-run rally.
  • It started with back-to-back one-out walks from Kami Kortokrax and Kaitlyn Farley. After a fly out for the second out, Ruberti’s single to right field scored pinch runner Mariah Rodriguez to tie the game at 3-3.
  • Ruberti finished the game 3-for-3 with three singles, three runs scored and reached base safely in each of her four at-bats.
  • The next batter, Meggie Otte, belted a two-run triple on a 1-0 pitch and Sam Hackenbracht followed with an RBI single to make the score 6-3 in favor of Ohio State.
  • From there, Lexie Handley retired 11 straight batters and got the final out of the game on a pop up to second base.

Statistically Speaking
Jaycee Ruberti: 3-for-3, three runs scored, one RBI, one walk
Meggie Otte: 2-for-4, two RBI, one run scored
Sam Hackenbracht: 2-for-3, two RBI
Lexie Handley: 7.0 IP, six hits allowed, three earned runs, three strikeouts

What’s Next
Ohio State has two games scheduled Saturday morning in Tampa, beginning with a 9 a.m. contest against versus Army and then continuing with another game versus Stony Brook at 11:30 a.m. Live stats for both games will be available on the softball schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.