March 10, 2018
FULLERTON, Calif. – It’s not always sunny in California is what the No. 16/19 Buckeyes learned today. Ohio State started its Saturday morning with a 6-3 eight-inning comeback victory over San Jose State to extend its win streak to eight games. The squad made it through the top of the first before its matchup with Cal State Fullerton was canceled due to excessive rain.
The Buckeyes are 13-1 overall as the Spartans fall to 15-9. Ohio State went the distance three times against San Jose State, the third time this season it has tallied three homers in a game and seventh with multiple home runs.
COUNTING THE RUNS
Ohio State got on the board in the opening frame after Piper swung on the first pitch and sent the ball sailing over the right field wall for a solo home run. McCombs followed up with a leadoff home run in the top of the second to extend the edge to 2-0.
The Spartans joined the scoring in the bottom of the third after Kaelin Amrein’s groundout drove in a run. SJSU used a two-run homer from Brittany Abacherli in the fourth to go ahead 3-2.
The Buckeyes returned the favor in the top of the seventh. Ashley Goodwin reached on an error by the shortstop, McCombs doubled to right center and Kallie Boren walked to stack the bags. At the plate, Taylor White was hit by a pitch to send the tying run across, 3-3.
The late tally forced the game into extra innings after the Spartans were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the seventh.
Niki Carver was placed on second base to start the eighth inning. Piper stepped up and crushed a two-run home run over right center to put the Buckeyes up 5-3. Next, Emily Clark doubled to the right before Goodwin’s groundout helped her get to third. McCombs entered the box and punched a single to left field, which gave Clark time to sprint in.
IN THE CIRCLE
Morgan Ray secured her fourth straight win in five innings of relief. She gave up two hits, struck out five batters and did not allow a walk or extra-base hit. McCombs started the game for the Buckeyes, allowing three hits and three runs with two strikeouts in three innings.
Ohio State will face its first ranked opponent of the season when it takes on No. 3 UCLA tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. The game will be at Long Beach State inside the 49er Softball Complex.