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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Ohio State softball team (8-9) dropped a pair of games on day three of the ASU Invitational at Farrington Stadium. The Buckeyes fell 7-3 to Oregon State (17-9) and loss to No. 17 Arizona State (21-7) in five innings, 9-0, on Sunday.
Game 1: Oregon State 7, Ohio State 3
- Ashley Prange opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run over left center, her third of the season.
- The Beavers responded in the top of the fifth and took a 3-1 advantage on a two-RBI double and Ohio State error.
- Oregon State used an RBI single and bases-loaded walk in the sixth to extend its lead to 5-1.
- Prange got the job done once again in the sixth on a dinger to right center.
- The Beavers tacked on two runs in the sixth thanks to a double.
- In the bottom of the seventh, Sam Hackenbracht made her first appearance at the plate and homered over right field for her second home run of the weekend.
- RHP Payton Buresch (6-4) was charged with the loss after 5.1 innings in the circle. She recorded four strikeouts but allowed eight hits and five runs (four earned). Righty Jessica Ross tossed the final 1.2 innings where she fanned three batters. She gave up two runs and two hits to the Beavers.
- It was the second time Ashley Prange hit two home runs in a game this season and first time doing so in consecutive at-bats.
Game 2: No. 17 Arizona State 9, Ohio State 0 (5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Arizona State went up 5-0 in the bottom of the first on two singles, a walk and error.
- A three-run homer extended the Sun Devils’ lead to 8-0 in the second.
- Meg Otte had the only hit for the Buckeyes, a single in the third.
- Kaitlyn Coffman and Carley Gaskill both drew walks to get on base.
- Right-handed pitcher Skylar Hayward (1-2) started the game and lasted one inning, giving up seven runs (five earned) on four hits with two strikeouts.
- Jessica Ross took over the pitching duties in the third and went three innings. She let in two runs on two hits and struck out a pair.
Ohio State closes the tournament at 5 p.m. ET on Monday against Lehigh.