Feb. 29, 2004
Columbus, Ga. – Ohio State freshman Jamee Juarez struck out a season-high 16 batters and freshman Christina Douglas blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning, but the Buckeye softball team fell to Massachusetts, 4-3, Sunday afternoon in the consolation title game of the bronze bracket at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.
Juarez came within one strikeout of the Classic single-game record and held Massachusetts (8-3) to five hits.
Ohio State (5-6) produced four hits in the game, including two by freshman Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) and one from Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson), which was a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3 after UMass had scored twice in the top of the eighth. Douglas’ homer, a line drive over the right field fence, was the first of her career.
Ohio State scored its first run in the fourth inning as sophomore Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) walked, stole second and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. Senior Kristi DeVries (Corona, Calif./Corona) then walked and was replaced by pinch runner Breana Pozzi (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande), who got in a rundown between first and second base that allowed Baker to score.
Massachusetts tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the sixth inning, which is where the score would remain to force extra innings.
The game was a rematch of a Feb. 13 contest that was the season-opener for both teams. DeVries took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of that game but Massachusetts came back to take an 8-0 win at the Arizona State Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. Ohio State will return to action at 9 a.m., Friday, March 5 vs. Dayton at the Dayton Flyer Invitational.