April 26, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Chelsea Baker and Stacy Hibma hit home runs in the second inning and junior Megan Schwab delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh as the Ohio State softball team pulled out a 3-2 win over Wright State Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. Along with a 10-2 win in game-one, the Buckeyes (34-17, 10-4 Big Ten) improve to 19-2 at home this season.
Wright State (6-31, 6-7 Horizon) tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning, but in the seventh Ohio State loaded the bases with two hits and a walk and Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) sent a line drive to the wall in left field to end the game.
“We got the two wins but we had some set some goals to accomplish tonight that we didn’t achieve,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “In the end, the girls executed and moved runners, but that second game could have turned out differently.”
The home runs for Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) and Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) were the 14th and 10th, respectively, of their careers and helped send Ohio State on its way to an 11-0 record in non-conference home games this season, upping OSU’s record in that department to 94-10 under Kalafatis.
OSU junior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) struck out 10, walked none, and scattered six hits to improve to 15-9 this season. The game marked her 13th complete game of the season and 48th of her career and she notched double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time in 2006.
Senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina) led off the seventh inning with a single down the left field line and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hibma. Junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) then walked and sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) collected an infield single to the hole between shortstop and third to load the bases. Schwab then stepped to the plate and gave the Buckeyes their second walk-off win of the season (Baker’s home run to beat Northwestern April 9).
With a 1-for-3 performance in game-one and a 2-for-4 effort in game-two, Vanderink is now hitting .500 (11-for-22) in her last six games.
Ohio State will play four Big Ten road games this weekend beginning with a 6 p.m. single game Friday at Iowa.
### GO BUCKS! ###