April 7, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In heartbreaking fashion, the Ohio State softball team fell in its Big Ten home opener to Purdue, 5-4, today in the top of the seventh inning. The Buckeyes had the lead until a rainstorm in the sixth inning caused a two-hour rain delay. Purdue came back after the delay and notched two runs for the win in their last at-bat. Ohio State drops to 16-14 for the season and 0-1 in conference action. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled because of bad weather.
Both teams were scoreless until Purdue opened the top of the third inning with two runs off two hits. Ohio State came back in the bottom of the third as Chrissy Fowler and Anna Smith singled to centerfield with two outs. Holly English scored Fowler and Smith when English’s hit was misplayed by the Purdue second baseman causing the error and a 2-2 tie.
Ohio State looked to have the win in the bottom of the fifth when Smith posted a one-RBI single to leftfield and English scored Kristine Himes off a grounder to centerfield.
But rainstorms delayed the bottom of the sixth inning for two hours.
After play began, Purdue rallied in the seventh when Katie Crabtree zinged a double to centerfield to score Andrea Roush. Crabtree would advance to third off a Jessica Jones’ single and score on an OSU error.
Purdue’s Nicole Crouse posted her first save of the season, shutting down the Buckeyes in the seventh by striking out the last batter. Leighann Burke, who relieved starting pitcher Meagan Dooley, posted her seventh win of the season.
Ohio State’s Katie Chain pitched a complete game, giving up five runs off nine hits for her fourth loss of the season. She now holds a 7-4 record for the season. However, Chain did break the OSU freshman record for strikeouts today, after posting five K’s in the game, giving her 85 for the season. Ohio State will next take on Indiana tomorrow at Buckeye Field, beginning a two-game series with the Hoosiers. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m.