Feb. 7, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Cammi Prantl collected five hits and Buckeye pitchers combined to give up just four runs in 14 innings as the Ohio State softball team (3-0) won twice on Saturday, defeating UMBC 6-2 and Southern Illinois 7-2 in Charleston, S.C.
In addition to Prantl, who was 5-for-7 on the day with four RBI, Caitlin Conrad went 2-for-5 for three RBI in the second game and Maddy McIntyre hit her first home run of the season, a towering two-run shot that gave Ohio State a 3-0 lead against UMBC in the first game. In the circle, sophomore Shelby Hursh struck out six batters in 2.1 innings against SIU to pick up her second save in as many days.
Ohio State 6, UMBC 2
Cammi Prantl, Anna Kirk and Maddy McIntyre each collected multiple hits and Alex DiDomenico scattered four hits over 5.1 innings as Ohio State picked up a 6-2 win over UMBC in the first game of the day. A three-run seventh inning, highlighted by a RBI triple from Jayla Saibene, allowed the Buckeyes to pull away.
Ohio State’s first major scoring threat came in the top of the second. Jayla Saibene started off the inning by reaching on an error at third base and Anna Kirk followed two batters later with a double down the right field line. Ashley Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice (Saibene was safe at third) to load the bases, but two fly outs ended the threat.
The Buckeyes were able to break through in the top of the third on a one-out RBI double by Cammi Prantl, who scored Taylor Watkins. UMBC threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth after Taylor Hall hit a lead-off double, but the next batter, Kaelin Jackson, flew into a double play where pinch runner Tori Jackson was called out for leaving second base early. Carly Lesko then flew out to end the inning.
Maddy McIntyre provided a jolt of offense in the top of the fifth when she belted a two-run home run over the left centerfield fence. The blast scored Watkins, who had reached on an error by the first baseman. Taylor White had a two-out single through the left side and then stole second, but the rally ended with a groundout to shortstop.
DiDomenico retired the first batter in the top of the sixth but then walked Taylor Hall and gave up a two-run home run to Jackson that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 3-2. Lena Springer came on in relief on DiDomenico, however, and recorded the final two outs of the inning, the last one coming on a strikeout. Springer earned the save by pitching 1.2 innings and not allowing a hit.
Jayla Saibene, who hit a walk-off home run vs. Southern Illinois yesterday, continued her hot hitting with a RBI triple to right field in the top of the seventh that scored Prantl, who led off the inning with a single up the middle. Anna Kirk plated Saibene with a RBI double to right center and then freshman Ashley Goodwin drove Kirk home with her first collegiate hit, a single up the middle.
Ohio State 7, Southern Illinois 2
Southern Illinois went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first on a one-out single to third base that scored Kalyn Harker from second base. Harker had reached on a lead-off single. O’Reilly rebounded to strike out Caylee Cook swinging to end the inning.
Caitlin Conrad connected on a three-run home run to left center in the bottom of the second, giving the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. The blast scored Taylor White (who reached on an infield single) and Kirstie Fehrenbach (pinch running for Erika Leonard, who walked).
In the bottom of the second, Southern Illinois threatened with two on and just one out. A pair of outstanding defensive plays by Maddy McIntyre, however, kept the score at 3-1 in favor of the Buckeyes. She snared a sharply hit ball at shortstop and threw out the lead runner at third for the first out and then made a full extension dive on a ball up the middle that would have scored at least one run to throw out a baserunner at second.
Anna Kirk delivered a one-out RBI single up the middle that scored McIntyre in the top of the third. The Buckeyes had a chance to extend the lead even further with the bases loaded, but pinch hitter Becca Gavin struck out swinging to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth, Southern Illinois got a one-out single, but a perfectly executed double play by O’Reilly, McIntyre and Jayla Saibene ended the inning. The Salukis pushed across a run in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI double down the right field line. Shelby Hursh came on in relief of O’Reilly and struck out pinch hitter Taylor Harris for the final out of the inning.
Conrad just missed her second home run of the day in the top of the sixth, getting a standup double to left center. Watkins singled in the next at bat and Prantl hit a two-run double to left center, making the score 6-2. Mcintyre then followed with a RBI single to shortstop, making the score 7-2.
Ohio State returns to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. when it closes out the Charleston Southern Tournament by playing the host Bucs at 1 p.m.