Feb. 28, 2003
FULLERTON, Calif.-For the second-consecutive game, the No. 19 Ohio State softball team (5-6) dropped a 2-1 decision, this time in game two of the Cal State Fullerton/Worth Invitational to No. 5 Washington (14-0-1). The Buckeyes came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on a Kristine Himes (Sr., Bolivar, Ohio) solo home run, but the Huskies came back to score the winning run in the top of the seventh with consecutive doubles by Amy Hanson and Dena Tyson to secure the 2-1 victory.
The Buckeyes had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh when Kristi DeVries (Jr., Corona, Calif.) led off with a double to right center. Pinch runner Nicole Lancaster (Fr., Magnolia, Ohio) then advanced to third on a Breana Pozzi (Jr., Petaluma, Calif.) ground out to second base. After Himes was intentionally walked, pinch hitters Billie Jo Carder (Fr., Plano, Texas) and Stacy Hibma (Fr., Buena Park, Calif.) were both retired to end the game.
DeVries, now 4-2 on the year, pitched all seven innings for the Buckeyes, recording seven strikeouts while giving up two earned runs on six hits. She retired the Huskies in order in the third, fifth and sixth innings to keep the Buckeyes in the game. Tia Bollinger pitched a complete game three-hitter for Washington to improve her record to 7-0.
The Huskies got on the board first in the top of the second courtesy of a Sarah Hyatt solo homer. DeVries and the Ohio State defense then kept the Washington attack in check until the top of the seventh when Dena Tyson doubled to right field to score pinch runner Traci Tawney from second.
Himes’ home run was her second of the season and the third for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes managed just three hits off Bollinger and were unable to capitalize on their limited scoring opportunities.