BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 4 seeded Ohio State’s time in the 2019 Big Ten Tournament came to a close on Friday afternoon in a 10-1 six-inning setback to No. 5 seeded Wisconsin in a quarterfinal matchup at Andy Mohr Field on the campus of Indiana University. The Buckeyes are 34-16 on the year while the Badgers improve to 40-11.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wisconsin put up four runs in the opening frame on a sacrifice fly, two bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch.
- The Badgers tacked on runs in the second and third innings with a solo home run by Taylor Johnson, a RBI single and two-run homer from Jordan Little.
- RHP Kat Duvall took over in the circle with one out in the third and struck out the first batter she faced.
- The Buckeyes sat the Badgers down in order in the top of the fourth on a swinging strikeout and 4-6-3 double play.
- Ohio State carried that momentum into the home half of the fourth. Lilli Piper broke up the no-hitter bid and made her way to third base on Emily Clark’s single and a fielder’s choice. In the next at-bat, Niki Carver reached on a fielder’s choice while Piper came in.
- It was three quick outs for Wisconsin in the fifth, capped off by a Claire Nicholson pickoff.
- Wisconsin pushed two runs across in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and error for the final 10-1 tally.
IN THE CIRCLE
Three different Ohio State pitchers saw time in the circle. Morgan Ray (17-8) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on one hit in 0.2 innings. Lauren Rice stepped in next, allowing five hits and four runs over 1.2 innings. Kat Duvall pitched the last 3.2 innings. She let in two runs (one earned) and one hit while striking out three.
- The Buckeyes are 16-16 at the Big Ten Tournament.
- Emily Clark has reached base in 21 straight outings.
- Lilli Piper extended her hitting streak to 10 games.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as the Buckeyes seek their fourth at-large bid in as many years.