Feb. 25, 2005
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – UNLV (9-5) scored four runs in the first inning and two Rebel pitchers held the Ohio State softball team (4-3) to four hits as the Buckeyes dropped a 6-0 decision Friday at the Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Palm Springs, Calif.
UNLV jumped out to its 4-0 lead on the same field where 30 minutes earlier Ohio State saw No. 20 Pacific come from behind with four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Buckeyes, 7-5. With the Buckeyes attempting to put that game behind them, UNLV’s first batter, Marissa Nichols, homered to right field and three batters later Shannon Crisp smacked a three-run homer to left field to give the Rebels a lead they would not give up. UNLV would add another run in the second inning and one more in the seventh.
Ohio State loaded the bases in the first inning but Rebel pitcher Jacque Kerrigan (8-4) was able to work out of the jam and hold the Buckeyes to three hits in four innings pitched. Crisp pitched the final three innings for UNLV and allowed just one hit.
Ohio State sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) was 2-for-3 at the plate, while sophomores Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) and Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) added one hit each, with Schwab’s being her third double of the season.
Juarez (2-3) took the loss in the circle, pitching six innings and collected eight strikeouts. Freshman Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) came on in relief to pitch a one-run seventh inning.
Ohio State will resume action at the Palm Springs Classic Saturday with games against No. 12 Washington at 10 a.m. and No. 18 Oregon State at 6 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###