April 17, 2022

Ohio State Completes Weekend Sweep of Iowa with 10-5 Win

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Another power hitting display helped the Ohio State softball team finish off a three-game weekend sweep of Iowa on Sunday with a 10-5 win in Iowa City. The Buckeyes, winners of four straight games, are 27-10 on the season and improved to 7-5 in Big Ten play. Iowa is 18-23 overall and 1-13 in Big Ten games.

The Short Story
Ohio State led from start to finish, building a 10-0 lead after four innings thanks to home runs from Sam Hackenbracht, Meggie Otte and Kirsten Eppele. Iowa would slowly chip away at the lead, cutting it to 10-5 in the sixth inning but was unable to get any closer as sophomore Allison Smith worked the final 1.1 innings in relief.

Like it did all weekend, Ohio State’s bats stayed hot on Sunday in spite of the cold temperatures in Iowa City. The Buckeyes’ 13-hit attack saw 10 different players record a hit. Jaycee Ruberti was 2-for-3 with two doubles while Sam Hackenbracht had two hits, including a three-run home run. McKenzie Bump and Eppele each drove in two runs.

Lexie Handley picked up her 15th win of the season. She pitched 5.2 innings before Smith finished off the game with 1.1 innings of perfect relief.

How The Runs Were Scored

  • Just like they did yesterday, Ohio State was able to give its starting pitcher a lead before she even had to throw a pitch.
  • Jaycee Ruberti (double) and Sam Hackenbracht (single) had back-to-back one-out hits and McKenzie Bump followed with a two-RBI double to make the score 2-0 in favor of Ohio State.
  • Four pitches later, Kami Kortokrax singled through the left side, scoring Niki Carver and putting the Buckeyes ahead 3-0.
  • After the Buckeyes were able to work out of a bases loaded jam in the home half of the first, Hackenbracht hit a three-run home run off Denali Loecker in the top of the second to increase Ohio State’s lead to 6-0. The blast scored Melina Wilkison and Jaycee Ruberti, who had reached via a single and walk, respectively.
  • After Meggie Otte ended the bottom of the second inning with an outfield assist to get the final out at the plate, she increased Ohio State’s lead to 7-0 with a solo home run to left centerfield.
  • Jaycee Ruberti led off the fourth inning with her second double of the afternoon, and after advancing to third on a wild pitch she was driven in by Niki Carver, who singled to left field.
  • Sophomore Kirsten Eppele joined the hit parade later in the fourth inning, coming in as a pinch hitter with one on and one out and promptly blasting her first career home run to give Ohio State a 10-0 lead.
  • Iowa avoided a five-inning run rule with a three-run home run off the bat of Denali Loecker. The first two batters of the inning reached via singles.
  • The Hawkeyes scored two more in the bottom of the sixth inning on a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State is 10-3 in true road games this season and 5-1 in road Big Ten contests.
  • The Buckeyes are 7-2 in their last three trips to Iowa City, which includes two wins in 2014 and 2019 and three this season.
  • Hackenbracht’s home run was her 12th in the last 24 games and the 25th of her 88-game career.
  • In that span, she’s hitting .444 with 29 RBI. Overall, Hackenbracht leads the team with 37 runs batted in.
  • Otte’s third-inning home run was her fifth of the season.
  • Two different players hit their first career home runs this weekend: Taylor Pack (yesterday) and Kirsten Eppele (today).
  • The Buckeyes also hit two pinch-hit home run in three games this weekend.
  • Ohio State hit .362 as a team in this weekend’s sweep of Iowa with 13 extra base hits and six home runs from six different players.
  • Sam Hackenbracht has six hits in 12 at-bats and knocked in a team-high five runs.

What’s Next
Ohio State and Penn State will make up a doubleheader that was originally scheduled for April 5 on Tuesday, April 19 at Buckeye Field. Game one will get underway at 3 p.m. with game two coming 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.

As always, admission and parking is free for all Ohio State home softball games. A live stream will be available on B1G+ and a link to live stats can be found on the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Follow Ohio State softball on Twitter at @OhioStateSB for the latest news on the Buckeyes, including schedule adjustments.