Senior pitcher Megan Miller records 11th victory, senior Whitney Cooper hits eighth home run

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scoring four runs off of three hits in the top of the third, the No. 19 Ohio State softball team recorded a 5-0 defeat of Penn State Sunday at Nittany Lion Field in University Park, Pa.

Senior pitcher Megan Miller went the distance for her 11th victory of the season and eighth complete game as the Buckeyes improved to 35-12 overall and 14-2 in the Big Ten, remaining in second place in the league race. The Scarlet and Gray left just four runners on base while the Nittany Lions, who fall to 28-22 and 7-11 in the Big Ten, left eight.

Ohio State is 14-1 in its last 15 games and will conclude its regular season by playing host to Northwestern next weekend at Buckeye Field.   

Senior Whitney Cooper, who went 1-for-3 with three RBI, hit her eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to expand the Scarlet and Gray’s lead to 5-0 in the third. The second baseman was busy in the field too, recording five putouts and three assists.

Ohio State posted its first run of the game in the second inning as junior designated player Karisa Medrano drove in senior catcher Sam Marder with a single up the middle to break open the scoring.

Continuing the momentum in the third, leadoff hitter Dee Dee Hillman got on base with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a Brittany Goodchild sacrifice bunt. Hitting her 14th double of the season, sophomore shortstop Alicia Herron brought Hillman home before Marder was walked for a second time. With runners on first and second, Cooper pushed the ball over the centerfield wall to help ensure the senior class’ 155th victory – putting Cooper and her classmates in a tie for third on the all-time winningest senior class.

The Nittany Lions threatened throughout the game, recording seven hits, but Miller and the Buckeye defense prevailed and held Penn State off the scoreboard after allowing just a single run in game one Saturday.

This season, Ohio State has swept six Big Ten opponents in Wisconsin (March 27), Michigan State (April 17-18), Indiana (April 21), Minnesota (April 24-25), Iowa (May 1-2) and Penn State. The Buckeyes have spilt series with Top 25 ranked Illinois (April 10-11) and Michigan, the second-ranked team in the nation, April 28.