April 14, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes fell, 8-2, in game one and, 7-3, in the second game of a doubleheader today against the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State now falls to 18-17 for the season and 1-4 in conference play, while Michigan improves to 31-8 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten.
The Ohio State Buckeyes opened their first inning with a 1-0 lead after Stacy Roth notched an RBI-single to the shortstop. But Michigan would rally back in the bottom of the first, posting three runs off three hits for the lead.
Michigan never looked back posting five more runs off a total of 12 hits in the last four innings. Ohio State recorded another run in the top of the second when Chrissy Fowler singled to centerfield to score Kristine Himes.
Michigan’s Marie Barda completed the game, giving up only two runs off six hits and striking out seven for her 11th win of the season. Katie Chain (8-5) pitched 2.2 innings giving up three runs off eight hits in the loss.
Offensively for the Buckeyes, Fowler went 2-for-3 with one RBI. She now holds a .333 batting average with four hits and one RBI in conference action.
Both teams were scoreless until the Buckeyes scored in the bottom of the third inning. Anna Smith singled to centerfield and then stole second to post her 22nd theft of the season. She would advance to third off a fielder’s choice from Holly English. Roth then followed with a two-run single to centerfield for the Buckeyes’ 2-0 lead. Michigan bounced back to tie the game in the top of the fourth off a sacrifice fly and an OSU error. Ohio again rallied back to take the lead when Sarah West blasted her fourth home run of the season to centerfield.
But Michigan came back, scoring four runs off two costly Buckeye errors in the top of seventh to win the game.
Relief pitcher Marissa Young went three innings, giving up no hits and striking out six for a 12-1 winning record. Ohio State’s Toni Hileman collected her fourth loss of the season, giving up three runs and striking out one.
Ohio State travels to East Lansing, Mich. for a two-game series against Michigan State. The Buckeyes take on the Spartans on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.