April 28, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Brittany Vanderink had her first career four-hit game and the top of the Buckeyes’ lineup went a combined 8-for-12, but Iowa pulled away late for a 5-2 win Friday night at Pearl Field in Iowa City. Ohio State (34-18, 10-5 Big Ten) and Iowa (35-17, 10-5 Big Ten) are now tied for third-place in the conference standings.
Ohio State trailed by just a run after four innings, 2-1, but the Hawkeyes scored twice in the fifth and added another run in the sixth. Iowa freshman pitcher Brittany Weil allowed just one earned run against the league’s best offense to win her Big Ten-leading 24th game (24-11). Weil struck out four and held the Buckeyes to a 1-for-18 performance from the fourth through ninth spots in the lineup, including a 1-for-8 effort with runners in scoring position.
Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) ups her average to a team-best .480 in league games after registering Ohio State’s first four-hit game in a Big Ten game since junior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) had four hits in a game at Minnesota last season. Vanderink extends her career-best hitting streak to seven games, during which time she is hitting .577 (15-for-26).
In front of No. 2 hitter Vanderink, junior lead-off batter Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) went 2-for-4 with a double and behind Vanderink junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) also had a 2-for-4 game with a RBI double.
Koyano scored OSU’s first run in the second inning after hitting a two-out double and scoring on a double by Schwab. Vanderink scored the other Buckeye run on an Iowa error in the sixth. Vanderink got into scoring position in every inning except the seventh when she was forced out at second base. After Vanderink scored in the sixth inning, Ohio State loaded the bases with no outs but stranded all three runners. The Buckeyes then left two on base in the seventh.
Koyano and Schwab’s two hit games kept them hot at the plate, as well. Koyano is now hitting .422 (19-for-45) in her last 13 games and Schwab is hitting .563 (9-for-16) in her last five Big Ten games.
OSU freshman Kim Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) suffered the loss, falling to 14-8 and 4-2 in the Big Ten. She struck out three in 5.1 innings of work before being relieved by freshman Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet), who got the final two outs of the sixth inning.
Ohio State and Iowa will meet again at noon (CDT) Saturday.
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