March 15, 2022

Buckeyes’ Winning Streak Snapped at No. 24 UCF

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State saw its five-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night as it dropped an 11-3 decision to No. 24 UCF in six innings. The Buckeyes are now 13-4 on the season while UCF improves to 23-7.

The Short Story
Ohio State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but UCF scored twice in the bottom of the first, four times in the third inning and twice in both the fifth and sixth to secure the win. Sam Hackenbracht was the biggest offensive bright spot, as she hit a pair of solo home runs to spark the Buckeyes’ offense.

Hackenbracht now has three home runs in the last three games and is second on the team in that category, only one behind Niki Carver, who has four.

 How The Runs Were Scored

  • Just as it did Sunday, Ohio State struck first. And it was via a home run. This time, Sam Hackenbracht put one over the left field fence, her third round-tripper of the year, with two outs in the top of the first inning.
  • Unfortunately, that Buckeye lead was short-lived. In the bottom of the first frame, UCF got the first two batters on via walks. The third hitter, Jada Cody, hit a double off the center field wall that scored a run. Two batters later, the Knights hit a bloop single to center field that plated a run and a 2-1 lead.
  • Any further damage, however, was avoided on a 3-4-2 double play that ended the inning.
  • Hackenbracht hit her second home run of the night with two outs in the top of the third inning, sending a ball over the right field fence.
  • UCF plated four runs in the bottom of the third inning, doing its damage on a two-run double and a two-run home run.
  • The Knights were able to increase their lead to 7-2 on a two-out single to right center field in the bottom of the fourth inning.
  • A two-run triple by UCF in the fifth inning gave the Knights a 9-2 lead, but Ohio State was able to push a run across on a Kami Kortokrax RBI single in the top of the sixth. The rally started when the first three Ohio State batters of the inning reached base – two via walks and one on a wild pitch.
  • The final two UCF runs of the game crossed the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning via a one-out single up the middle and an infield single and error.

Statistically Speaking
Hackenbracht: 2-2, two HR, two RBI
Kortokrax: 2-3, one RBI
Pack: 1-3, single

What’s Next
Ohio State returns to Tampa to finish out its Spring Break trip beginning on Thursday with a doubleheader that includes games vs. Lehigh (11 a.m.) and USF (4 p.m.). On Friday, the Buckeyes are slated to face Canisius (9 a.m.) and St. Thomas (11:15 a.m.). The weekend concludes with a single game vs. USF on Saturday (7 p.m.).