PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Five home runs and 13 hits highlighted another spectacular offensive day for No. 23/24 Ohio State as it completed the series sweep of Rutgers Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 win. The Buckeyes jump to 24-8 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten while the Scarlet Knights fall to 17-19 (2-5 B1G).
IN A NUTSHELL
Lilli Piper did not waste any time as she swung on the first pitch she saw for a two-run homer over right field in the opening frame.
Rutgers joined the scoring in the bottom of the third after back-to-back walks put a pair on and Rebecca Hall hit an RBI single to right field.
The Buckeyes returned the favor in the fourth when Ashley Goodwin connected on the first pitch and drove the ball over left field for a solo home run.
Ohio State busted the game open in the top of the fifth with four runs on three hits. It all started with Taylor White in the leadoff spot, who drilled her first home run of the season straight down the middle. Bailee Sturgeon beat a full count for a walk and Piper launched her second two-shot homer of the day over left field. Amy Balich came in as a pinch runner for Emily Clark who drew a walk. Balich got a good jump and stole second before Becca Gavin drove her in on an RBI double down the left field line.
After a fielder’s choice put one on, Nicole Bowman had a two-run home run to get the Scarlet Knights back in the game, 7-3.
In her next at bat in the sixth, White demolished a two-run bomb over centerfield to cushion the lead for the Buckeyes. She drove in another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly.
IN THE CIRCLE
Morgan Ray gave up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work. The righty ace started her 17th game and picked up win No. 13. Rookie Skylar Hayward faced four batters and allowed one hit in one inning of relief.
COUNT IT UP
The Scarlet & Gray return to Buckeye Field to host Penn State in a midweek doubleheader Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m. Both games will be live on the Big Ten Network.