April 12, 2022

Carver Powers Ohio State to a 5-4 Midweek Win over Toledo

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Final Stats: Ohio State 5, Toledo 4 // Photos // 2022 Schedule & Results // 2022 Roster // Season Stats 

COLUMBUS, Ohio With two swings of the bat on Tuesday afternoon, Niki Carver made sure the Ohio State softball team was going to go home a winner.

Carver, a fifth-year senior, hit two home runs and drove in four runs as Ohio State earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Toledo. Teammate Sam Hackenbracht also hit her team-leading 11th home run of the season.

The Short Story
The Buckeyes hit back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning and then got the biggest hit of the game in the bottom of the firth, a two-run shot off the bat of Carver that gave Ohio State a 5-2 lead. Three Ohio State pitchers saw action in the circle, with Allison Smith picking up the win and Lexie Handley working a perfect 1-2-3 seventh inning for her fourth save of the year.

Ohio State is now 24-10 on the season while Toledo falls to 8-26. The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action this weekend as they travel to Iowa City, Iowa for a three-game set vs. Iowa. Action gets underway on Friday evening at 6 p.m. ET.

How the Runs Were Scored

  • Toledo was first on the scoreboard when Dayna Denner hit a double off the center field wall, advanced to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly.
  • One Sam Hackenbracht swing of the bat in the third inning tied the game at 1-1. Carver, the next batter, followed three pitches later with a home run to the exact same spot to left center, putting Ohio State up 2-1.
  • Anna Dixon’s RBI ground out in the top of the fifth inning tied the game at 2-2, but Ohio State got all the runs it would need with another Caver homer in the bottom half of the inning. Her blast scored pinch runners Tegan Cortelletti and Kirsten Eppele.
  • Toledo cut Ohio State’s three-run lead to just one in the top of the sixth thanks to Sidney Griffith, who homered to center field with a runner one to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Buckeyes.

In the Circle

  • Sophomore Emily Ruck started her eighth game of the season and lasted 4.1 innings, giving up just two hits while striking out three.
  • Fellow sophomore Allison Smith pitched 1.2 innings and also allowed two runs and registered two Ks. She got the win to improve to 6-2 on the season.
  • Lexie Handley’s appearance in the circle was brief but significant. She struck out the side in the seventh inning and picked up her fourth save of the season.

Buckeye This and That

  • Other Buckeyes to record a hit on Tuesday night were sophomore Hannah Bryan and pinch hitter Avery Clark, who both had singles.
  • Thirty of Ohio State’s 34 home runs gave come in the last 21 games, including all 11 for Sam Hackenbracht.
  • Carver’s four RBI day gives her 98 in her 188-game career.
  • Tuesday’s game was the first between Ohio State and Akron in 16 years, since 2006.