March 22, 2019

Ohio State Battles Back to Upset No. 22/20 Indiana in B1G Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Sophomore Kallie Boren knocked a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning to help the Ohio State softball team upset No. 22/20 Indiana, 7-6, on Friday evening in its Big Ten opener at Buckeye Field. The win lifts the Buckeyes to 16-9 (1-0 B1G) while the Hoosiers drop to 25-7 (0-1 B1G).

HOW IT HAPPENED

Indiana jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the second inning on a solo home run and two-RBI double.

It was Ohio State’s turn in the home half of the inning as it put up four runs on two hits and an error. The Buckeyes loaded the bases on two walks and a throwing error by IU’s pitcher. Ashley Prange roped a two-RBI double to left field and Lilli Piper singled up the middle to bring two more in and take the lead, 4-3.

It was another double that drove in a run for the Hoosiers in the third, tying the game. A single and double tacked on two runs in the fifth, putting Indiana up 6-4.

Ohio State kept fighting in the bottom of the sixth. Piper reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base before Emily Clark singled up the middle to bring her in, cutting the deficit to one. Next up, Boren drilled a go-ahead two-run homer over the right field wall to secure a 7-6 win.

RHP Lauren Rice, who entered the game in the fifth inning, picked up the win to improve to 8-1 on the year. She allowed two hits in 2.2 innings of work. Morgan Ray started the contest and tossed 4.1 innings with six runs (five earned), five hits and four strikeouts.

BUCKEYE BITS

  • Boren extended her hitting streak to six games.
  • Six Buckeyes had a hit, led by Prange with two.
  • Piper, Boren and Prange each drove in two runs, followed by Clark with one RBI.
  • Ohio State caught a season-high three runners stealing.
  • Clark has successfully gotten on base in every game this season.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes continue conference action against the Hoosiers tomorrow at 2 p.m.