April 2, 2022

Michigan State Earns 2-1 Win in Middle Game of Weekend Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Michigan State used a solo home run in the fifth inning to earn a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in the second game of this weekend’s three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing. The Buckeyes and Spartans will play the rubber game to determine a series winner tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m.

Ohio State is 22-7 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten while Michigan State improves to 20-14, 1-4.

The Short Story
In a pitchers’ duel between MSU’s Ashley Miller and Ohio State’s Emily Ruck, the Spartans had one more swing of the bat than the Buckeyes. Specifically, a solo home run off the bat of Zaquai Dumas on the first pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference.

Ohio State, which had six hits in the game, got its run on the board in the top of the third via a Jaycee Ruberti home run, her second round-tripper in as many games this weekend.

How the Runs Were Scored

  • All three runs scored on Saturday came on solo home runs, as the Buckeyes and Spartans traded solo shots early in the game.
  • Kayleigh Roper had the first big hit, putting MSU up 1-0 in the bottom of the second with a solo homer to left field.
  • Ruberti answered right back, however, as her home run cleared the right field fence.
  • As it turned out, the difference in the game was Dumas’ hit in the bottom of the fifth.

Buckeye Bits

  • Starting pitcher Emily Ruck and Lexie Handley, who came on in the bottom of the fifth and recorded five outs, scattered just five hits over seven innings.
  • Ruck is now 5-2 on the season. She allowed four hits, walked one and struck out one.
  • With a single in the sixth inning, Sam Hackenbracht extended her hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. It’s the longest hitting streak by a Buckeye this season.
  • In five Big Ten games this season, Hackenbracht is hitting .429 with a double and three RBI.
  • McKenzie Bump continued to swing a hot bat, finishing the game on Saturday 2-for-3 with two singles.

What’s Next
Ohio State and Michigan State play the third and deciding game of this weekend’s series tomorrow in East Lansing beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on B1G+. Live stats will be available on the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

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