COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sent its seniors out on a high note at Buckeye Field as it swept Illinois with a 5-4 comeback win on Senior Day. The Buckeyes are on their longest win streak of the season at eight games and have a 32-14 record and 15-5 Big Ten mark. The Fighting Illini fall to 27-22 overall and 6-14 in conference play.
THANK YOU, SENIORS
Following Sunday’s game, Ohio State honored its 2019 seniors – Bri Betschel, Megan Choinacky, Emily Clark, Kat Duvall, Lilli Piper and Morgan Ray. The six-member class is responsible for 137 Buckeye victories over the past four seasons, including 57 Big Ten wins. They have earned their spot in the record books as the ninth all-time winningest senior class in program history.
CLARK FOR THE WIN
Staring down two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Emily Clark went yard on a two-run homer to put Ohio State ahead 5-4. It was her 11th home run of the season and second of the weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED
IN THE CIRCLE
Right-handed pitcher Morgan Ray went the distance for the 13th time in win No. 16 of the year. She gave up four runs on eight hits but struck out nine batters. Ray has recorded a decision in the last eight games with seven wins and a save.
The Buckeyes conclude the 2019 regular season with a three-game series at Iowa May 3-5.