April 8, 2022

No. 9 Northwestern Takes Opening Game of Weekend Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Sophomore Hannah Bryan hit her first career home run – a two-run shot to centerfield in the second inning – but Ohio State dropped a 12-3 decision to No. 9 Northwestern on Friday evening to open a three-game series at Buckeye Field.

The Wildcats improve to 25-6 overall and 6-1 in Big Ten play while Ohio State is now 23-8 at 4-3 in the Big Ten.

The two teams will continue their series tomorrow with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Buckeye Field. Admission and parking is free. The game will also be streamed on B1G+.

The Short Story
Ohio State battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game at 2-all on Bryan’s second-inning homer, but Northwestern would respond with four runs in the third inning, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

The Buckeyes’ four hits came from four different players: Melina Wilkison, who reached base in two of her three at-bats, Sam Hackenbracht, Niki Carver and Bryan.

How the Runs Were Scored

  • Northwestern hit two solo home runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead before the Buckeyes had a chance to bat. The round-trippers came from Rachel Lewis and Jordyn Rudd.
  • Bryan’s two-run homer came on a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the second and scored Meggie Otte, who had reached on a walk. It was just the 24th and 25th earned runs that pitcher Danielle Williams had given up this season.
  • The four Northwestern runs that crossed the plate in the third inning came with no hits, as three walks loaded the bases with nobody out. A bases-loaded walk made the score 3-2 and NU added three more on a fielder’s choice, error and RBI ground out.
  • The Wildcats added a solo home run in the fourth inning and two-run home runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
  • Ohio State’s third run of the game came via a fielder’s choice from Niki Carver that scored Jaycee Ruberti. It was the 91st RBI of Carver’s career.

National Champions Honored

  • Before the game, the softball program honored the national championship-winning women’s ice hockey program.
  • Head coach Nadine Muzerall “threw” out the first pitch by blasting a softball slap shot into the glove of catcher Hannah Bryan.
  • The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in March 20 to win the program’s first-ever national title and complete a 32-6 season that also included a WCHA Final Faceoff championship.
  • The Buckeyes also honored the women’s synchronized swimming team, which on March 27 won the program’s 33rd overall national championship.

The Weekend Ahead

  • The second game of this weekend’s three-game series will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m.
  • In addition to the B1G+ stream, live stats will also be available from the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
  • Follow Ohio State softball on Twitter for updates on game times, schedule news and in-game scores at @OhioStateSB.