September 26, 2021

Ohio State, Kentucky Split Fall Ball Doubleheader


COLUMBUS, Ohio –Buckeye Field was once again packed on Sunday, and not just to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures. Fans were treated to 14 innings of softball during a doubleheader between Ohio State and Kentucky, as the Wildcats took game one, 4-1, before Ohio State bounced back with a 4-2 win in game two.

The day had a little bit of everything – jaw-dropping defensive efforts, clutch hitting, aggressive base running and winning pitching. The defense in game two was highlighted by freshman shortstop Kami Kortokrax, who made several diving stops to help out pitcher Lexie Handley, who went 6.2 innings and struck out six.

To finish things off in the second game, sophomore Emily Ruck came on with one out in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded. The first batter she faced hit a sacrifice fly to center, and after losing the next batter on a 3-2 count, Ruck struck out Emmy Blane swinging to end the game.

The biggest hit on offense for the Scarlet and Gray came via senior Meggie Otte, who blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning over the right-field fence. Otte finished the game two-for-two with two RBI and two runs scored.

Ohio State scored key insurance runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively, as pinch hitter Avery Clark delivered an RBI single and Taylor Pack gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead with an RBI double, scoring Sam Hackenbracht.

In the first game, Allison Smith went 5.1 innings and struck out four while allowing just one earned run. After Kentucky scored in the top of the first, Hackenbracht quickly tied the game with an RBI double off the left centerfield wall, scoring Mariah Rodriguez. It was one of two hits of the game for Hackenbracht, who reached base in three of her four plate appearances.

Next up on the fall ball schedule is the annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, which takes place next Saturday, Oct. 2. Ohio State will play two games, both of which will be at Buckeye Field. The welcome in Bowling Green for a 12:30 game followed by a 3 p.m. tilt with Ohio. Next Sunday, Oct. 3, Ohio State is scheduled to face Pitt in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., which will also be at Buckeye Field.