April 23, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Linda Kalafatis won her 600th career game and junior Jamee Juarez pitched her 17th career shutout as the OSU softball team blanked Michigan State, 4-0, Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. After winning game one, 13-4, the Buckeyes (33-17, 10-4 Big Ten) take over sole possession of third place in the Big Ten and sweep Michigan State (32-18, 8-6 Big Ten) for the first time since 2002.
Kalafatis is now 600-341-2 in her 18th season as a collegiate head coach and is already Ohio State’s all-time wins leader with a 327-226-0 record in her 10th season in Columbus. Her 599th and 600th wins helped erase a pair of losses to No. 12 Michigan yesterday.
“We told the team how proud we were of them for bouncing back from the two losses yesterday against Michigan,” Kalafatis said. “These were critical games and we have a lot of respect for Michigan State. We started a little slow today, but the girls picked it up. Brittany Vanderink had a great weekend and as a sophomore is showing that she is going to be a big star in this program. Jamee Juarez also pitched her best Big Ten game today.”
In her 47th career complete game, Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) allowed only two base runners through the first four innings. She scattered six hits and struck out five to improve to 14-9. Her 17 career shutouts are tied for third-most in Ohio State history with Genice Turley (1994-95).
OSU junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) hit a two-out, solo home run in the third inning, her second of the day, to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead. It marked Koyano’s third home run in her last six games. Junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) singled up the middle to lead off the fourth inning and later scored on a Spartan error to put the Buckeyes up, 2-0.
Junior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) led off the top of the seventh inning with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Koyano. Sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) then reached on a fielder’s choice, stole her 14th base of the season and scored on a single through the left side by Schwab.
Junior Lauren Daykin (Melbourne, Australia/Manatee C.C., Fla.) went 2-for-3 and Schwab went 2-for-4.
Vanderink’s 8-for-15 weekend upped her Big Ten average to a team-best .435.
Ohio State hosts Wright State Wednesday in a doubleheader at 5 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###