April 19, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Collecting a season-high 16 hits, the Ohio State softball team cruised to a 14-2 win in five innings at Wright State Tuesday afternoon in game one of a double-header against the Raiders in Fairborn, Ohio. The Buckeyes (21-14, 4-6 Big Ten) scored in every inning, including sending six runners across the plate in the second inning, and Wright State (11-14, 3-5 Horizon) committed four errors.
Ohio State sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) worked four innings in the circle, striking out four, to win her 17th game of the season and take sole possession of fifth place on OSU’s single-season wins list. Juarez had been tied with current Buckeye student-assistant Kristi DeVries, who won 16 games twice, including last season.
Senior Ashley Cutcliff (Zionsville, Ind./U. of Florida) hit a two-run home run in the second inning for her 12th career homer, and finished the game with her eighth career three-hit performance, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Cutcliff is now tied for fifth place on the career home runs list at Ohio State with Jodi Dolan (1995-98).
Freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) went 3-for-4 for her first career three hit game and tied her career high of three runs scored. Her triple in the first inning was her fourth of the season, tying the Ohio State record for triples in a season by a freshman, first set by Nicole Paloney in 1994.
Junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) and freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) hit back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning and both finished the game with two hits. It was the second time this season the Buckeyes have homered in succession, as Hibma and junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) did so against Boston University March 6 in Georgia. Their home runs Tuesday were the fourth of the season for Hibma (seventh career) and Caputo, who moves into a second-place tie for home runs in a season by a freshman with Juarez, who hit four last season.
Baker and sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) also had two hits each in the game. One of Koyano’s hits was her seventh triple of the season as she took over sole possession of third place on the OSU single-season triples list. The record of eight triples was set by All-Americans Krinon Clark in 1992 and Anna Smith in 2002. Baker drove in a career-high three runs in the game, with two of those coming on the first two sacrifice flies of her career.
The Buckeyes topped their previous game high total of 15 hits set twice, first against South Dakota State March 4 and then against Illinois last Sunday. The 12-run differential ties Ohio State’s largest margin of victory of the season, equaling the 12-run win OSU had at Minnesota Apr. 3 in a 13-1 Big Ten win.
Junior Andrea Tribuzi (Plano, Texas/Plano East) pitched one inning of shutout relief to end the game in the fifth inning. Senior Meghan Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Buckeyes and Raiders will meet in game two at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
### GO BUCKS! ###