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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The temperatures are the only thing that’s hot right now in Tampa, Fla.
Ohio State’s bats were at it once again on Saturday, as the Buckeyes scored early and often in a 14-0 five-inning victory over Army. Ohio State improved to 11-3 on the season while Army is now 5-14.
The Short Story
Seven different players recorded hits for the Scarlet and Gray, led by the tandem of Jaycee Ruberti and Meggie Otte. Ruberti (3-for-3) and Otte (3-for-4) combined to go 6-for-7 while driving in six runs, including a two-run home run by Otte in the first inning.
Sophomore McKenzie Bump and senior Kaitlyn Coffman each had three hits while Hannah Bryan and Tegan Cortelletti both drove in two runs.
Allison Smith started and pitched four innings while striking out five and allowing just three hits. Emily Ruck finished off the game in the fifth inning and didn’t allow a hit.
How The Runs Were Scored
- The Buckeyes scored three times in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Otte – her first of the season – and a solo shot from senior Niki Carver.
- Ohio State pushed across three more runs in the second inning on RBI singles from Coffman and Otte and a stolen base by Ruberti.
- The biggest inning of the night for Ohio State was the third as five runs came across the plate to make the score 11-0.
- In that frame, RBI hits came from Kaitlyn Coffman, Tegan Cortelletti, Jaycee Ruberti and Meggie Otte.
- Otte finished her five-RBI performance in the fifth inning with a ground out that scored McKenzie Bump, who led off the inning with a single to right field.
- Hannah Bryan drove in Taylor Heckman and Tegan Cortelletti in the fifth inning with a double to right field, making the score 14-0.
This and That
- Ruberti has hit safely in all six of her plate appearances this weekend. She’s scored six runs and has a 1.000 on-base percentage (including a walk on Friday vs. Stony Brook).
- Otte is 5-for-8 in this weekend’s two games with a team-high five RBI and is slugging 1.250.
- So far this weekend, eleven different players have recorded hits. The Buckeyes’ overall team batting average in wins over Stony Brook and Army is .397.
Because of rain earlier on Saturday, Ohio State’s schedule for Sunday was altered slightly. The Buckeyes will face UMass at 1:30 p.m. and then host South Florida tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. The game vs. USF will be carried live on ESPN+.