May 2, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (32-21; 7-10 Big Ten) lost to Indiana (31-30; 6-12 Big Ten), 4-1, Sunday afternoon in game two at the Varsity Softball Complex in Bloomington, Ind. Catcher Natalie Hales nailed a homerun at the bottom of the fifth to tied the game, but Indiana responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to capture the Big ten victory. The Hoosiers tallied 14 hits compared to Ohio State’s four hits. Buckeye pitcher Jamee Juarez fell to 12-9 on the season and Indiana’s Heather Stillians improved to 6-3. IU’s Mariangee Bogado was credited with her fourth save of the season.
Ashley Cutcliff got things started for the Buckeyes by singling to left field at the bottom of the second. Nicole Lancaster was brought in to pinch run for Cutcliff at first base. First baseman Kristi DeVries hit a sacrifice bunt to move Lancaster, but Lancaster was left on base to end the inning.
Indiana’s Rachel Terry singled to second base and Heather Hohs was brought in to pinch run for Terry at first base. A double to left field by Abby Stark put Hohs on third base, but the Buckeyes notched two consecutive outs to leave both Hoosier runners on base at the top of the third.
Hoosier Lauren Hines singled up the middle at the top of the fourth, but was picked off during Karly McCormack’s at-bat. Val White singled to right field and Ashley Griffiths singled down the left-field line to put White on second. Rachel Terry hit a single to right field, which scored White and put IU up, 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jamee Juarez doubled up the middle. Cutcliff was intentionally walked and Juarez rounded to third when DeVries nailed a ball up the middle, which IU’s Kim Richards caught backing into the outfield fence. The Hoosiers earned the third out of the inning when left fielder Stark caught a tough fly ball hit by Ohio State’s Breana Pozzi to leave both Buckeye runners on base after four innings complete.
In the top of the fifth, despite Pozzi’s effort as she stretched out to stop a Kim Richards hit to third base, Richards reached first. The Buckeye defense left Richards on base as she was caught stealing to end the half-inning.
Hales opened the bottom of the fifth by nailing a homerun to left field, which tied the game at 1-1. With two outs, Karisa Evans singled to the shortstop, but was left on to end the fifth inning.
At the top of the sixth, Hines got thing started for IU with a double to left field. Page came in to pinch run for Hines. Ohio State’s DeVries relieved Juarez on the mound. Juarez moved to third base and Beth McAbier took over at first base defensively for the Buckeyes. McCormack doubled down the left-field line to score Page and Christy Wahl came in to run at second for McCormack. Griffiths doubled to right field and Wahl moved to third. A single by Terry brought home Wahl and Griffiths and sent the Hoosiers up, 4-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Juarez reached first on an error by IU’s centerfielder Richards. Hoosier Bogado came in to pitch for Stillians. Juarez moved to second when DeVries was out at first base, but was left on base to end the sixth.
At the top of the seventh, Tory Yamaguchi singled to the shortstop and moved to second off a sacrifice bunt by Page. Katie Witham was brought in to run at second, but was left on base at the conclusion of the half-inning.
The Buckeyes went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the seventh and Indiana won its sixth conference game of the year.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State for games at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in State College, Pa.