April 24, 2022

Michigan Takes Final Game of Weekend Series, 5-4

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COLUMBUS, OhioOhio 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

  • For the third straight game in this weekend’s series, Ohio State scored first.
  • It started when Melina Wilkison took the first pitch of the game and dropped it down the right field line, getting a double out of it for her sixth hit of the weekend.
  • Five batters later, freshman Kami Kortokorax stepped up with the bases loaded and two outs and delivered a single to left field that scored Jaycee Ruberti and Niki Carver.
  • The Buckeyes extended the lead to 4-0 thanks to a Michigan error that allowed McKenzie Bump and Kortokorx to come around and score.
  • Michigan quickly got two back in the home half of the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly and error that cut the lead in half, 4-2.
  • Kristina Burkhardt led off the home half of the fourth with a triple off the centerfield wall and eventually scored on a ground out, making the score 4-3 in Ohio State’s favor.
  • The Wolverines took their first lead of the day when Lexie Blair doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The hit scored two and put UM up 5-4.

Buckeye This and That

  • In three games this weekend, Ohio State outscored Michigan 13-11.
  • Wilkison was 7-for-12 in the weekend series with a home run and three doubles. She had multiple hits in all three games.
  • Carver’s two-hit day improves her average of conference-only games to .389. The fifth-year senior has career-best numbers this season in batting average, RBI and on-base percentage.
  • She’s also reached base in a season-high 11 consecutive games.
  • With its four-run first inning, the Buckeyes have now outscored opponents 37-14 in the opening frame this season.

What’s Next
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.