April 19, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Courtney Pruner homered twice but the Ohio State softball team saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end with a 6-5 loss in extra-innings at Miami Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio. The Buckeyes (30-15, 8-2 Big Ten) led 3-0 after their half of the third inning, but Miami (17-28, 3-9 Mid-American Conference) came back to hand OSU a loss in its only road game in a current 19-game span.
The two home runs by Pruner (Akron, Ohio/Ellet) marked her first multi-homer game as a Buckeye and were her team-leading sixth and seventh long balls of the season. She is the third OSU freshman since 1997 to homer twice in a game (Kristine Himes vs. UNC-Greensboro in 2000 and Liz Caputo vs. Long Island in 2005).
Pruner’s first homer put OSU up 3-0 in the top of the third, but Miami took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Trailing 5-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Pruner hit a two-run shot to send the game into extra-innings, where the RedHawks loaded the bases with one out in the eighth and got a pinch-hit game-winning RBI single from Jamie Arundel.
Ohio State scored twice in the second inning on an RBI single by junior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) and a sacrifice fly by junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut), her first since she was a freshman. Koyano tied a career high with three walks in the game and also stole her Big Ten-leading 23rd base of the season.
Senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Buckeyes. The three RBI by Pruner tied her career high.
Juarez pitched into the sixth inning and allowed five runs, only one of which was earned thanks in part to four OSU errors. Pruner pitched the final two innings and suffered the loss, her first of the season (4-1).
Ohio State hosts defending national champion and 12th-ranked Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday.
### GO BUCKS! ###