Oct. 9, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team wrapped up its fall exhibition schedule with a 10-5 loss to Louisville Sunday at Buckeye Field. Louisville, which won the Conference USA title last year and posted a school-record 43 wins, scored five runs in the fourth inning and held off a late OSU rally to hang on to the win.

In what was originally scheduled as a double-header, the teams agreed to play a single nine-inning contest. The Buckeyes conclude their fall schedule with a 4-4 record.

“We have some work to do to get to the point where we can change this around when we face them in the spring,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “We are continuing to search for our identity. Louisville is an experienced team and was just better than us today.”

Ohio State freshman Courtney Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet) went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles that drove in a total of three runs. After Louisville took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Pruner’s first double brought home OSU junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut), who scored three runs on the day.

The Cardinals erupted for five runs in the fourth inning and added three more in the eighth. It was Pruner’s second double in the bottom half of that frame that gave the Buckeyes their final runs. Sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) drove in Ohio State’s first run of the eighth inning with a ground out to short stop.

Junior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored. Pruner and freshman Kim Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) combined in the circle for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State begins the 2006 season Feb. 10-12 at the New Mexico State Tournament.

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