COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead in the rubber game of this weekend’s series at No. 23 Michigan, but the Wolverines scored two in the fourth inning to complete a comeback and topped the Buckeyes, 5-4.
Ohio State is 28-12 on the season and 8-7 in Big Ten play while Michigan improves to 29-14, 9-7. The Buckeyes won the opening game of the series on Friday, 6-2, but then suffered back-to-back one-run losses.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes were able to put four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first – all coming with two outs – thanks to a Kami Kortokrax two-run single and a Michigan error. The Wolverines would score two in the home half of the first, one in the third and then two in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Ohio State finished with six hits, led by Melina Wilkison, who doubled twice and continued her hot-hitting for the weekend. Niki Carver also had two hits and scored a run.
Sophomore Emily Ruck started the game in the circle and went 3.1 innings before classmate Allison Smith pitched the next 1.2 in relief. Lexie Handley recorded the final three outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
How The Runs Were Scored
Buckeye This and That
Ohio State returns to Columbus for its final five regular season home games this upcoming week. It starts on Tuesday with a conference doubleheader between the Buckeyes and Penn State beginning at 2 p.m. Both contests will be streamed on B1G+ and live stats will be available on the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
After that, Ohio State hosts Nebraska for a three-game series next weekend. Follow Ohio State softball on Twitter at @OhioStateSB for the latest news on the Buckeyes, including schedule adjustments.