Feb. 24, 2007
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CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Senior Megan Schwab hit a game-tying three-run homer in the third inning and went deep again but just foul in the seventh inning that would have given the Buckeyes the lead, but No. 10 Texas hung on for a 6-5 win over the Ohio State softball team Saturday at the Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Cathedral City, Calif.
Trailing 6-3 heading into their final at bat, the Buckeyes (4-4) scored twice and had two runners on base when Schwab came back to the plate and sent a shot that went just wide of the left field foul pole. Two pitches later Schwab reached on an error, which allowed an OSU run to score, but Texas (11-3) reliever Erin Tresselt got the final two outs for her second save.
Longhorn starter Meagan Denny, a former member of the U.S. Junior National Team and the reigning Big 12 pitcher of the week, got the win to improve to 6-1. She pitched into the seventh with a three-run lead, but the Buckeyes’ first two batters of the frame -Liz Caputo (Jr., Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) and Nycole Koyano (Sr., Walnut, Calif./Walnut) – singled, bringing on Tresselt, who was greeted by a bunt single by Brittany Vanderink (Jr., Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) to load the bases.
With the bases full, OSU’s home run leader Sam Marder (Fr., Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas) grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home Caputo and Schwab’s grounder to Texas shortstop Loryn Johnson was booted, allowing Vanderink to score, but it would be the Buckeyes’ final run.
The long ball for Schwab (Sr., Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) in the third was her first of the season and 15th of her career, moving her into a fourth-place tie on the Ohio State career home runs list.
Texas strung together three hits to a take 1-0 lead in the first inning, then used a collision at the plate to score two more runs off just one hit in the second. With the bases loaded and one out, UT’s Loryn Johnson grounded to OSU shortstop Whitney Cooper (Fr., Barstow, Calif./Barstow), who fired home to catcher Lauren Daykin (Sr., Melbourne, Australia/Manatee C.C., Fla.) to start what could have been an inning-ending double play. When Daykin turned to throw to first for the third out, however, Longhorn base runner Crystal Saenz slid into Daykin, causing a high throw that went into right field. Two Texas runs had time to cross the plate while Daykin lay on the ground in pain.
With the game tied 3-3 after Schwab’s homer, Texas reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs on a walk and two hits, chasing OSU starter Kim Reeder (So., Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) from the circle. Senior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) took over with two outs in the third and finished out the game, allowing one run only two hits over the final 3.1 innings of the game.
Texas senior catcher Megan Willis put the Longhorns up 6-3 with a solo homer in the fourth for the Longhorns’ final run.
The Buckeyes out-hit the Longhorns 11-8. Koyano, Vanderink, Daykin and Caputo all collected two hits for Ohio State.
Next up, Ohio State faces No. 17 Cal at 3:30 p.m. (PT) Saturday.
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