May 8, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (33-21; 8-10 Big Ten) scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat Penn State (24-32; 7-12 Big Ten), 4-1, Saturday afternoon in game one at Nittany Lion Field in State College, Pa. Senior pitcher Kristi DeVries (15-9 overall) led the Buckeyes by capturing her seventh-consecutive win and tallying a two-run RBI double to aid the Ohio State offense.
DeVries caught the last Penn State batter swinging at the bottom of the seventh to close the game and notched her 11th strikeout of the day and her 600th career strikeout. DeVries is only the second Buckeye pitcher to total 600 career strikeouts. Former teammate Katie Chain, who graduated last year and is the OSU record holder, notched 692 during her four-year stint at OSU. Penn State’s Shana Riggleman fell to 9-5 on the season.
In the bottom of the fourth, Penn State’s Barbie Pierce doubled and sent Kate Gentile, who had been hit by pitch, home to give the Lady Lions a 1-0 advantage. Ohio State responded in the top of the sixth by scoring four runs and taking a 4-1 lead. Karisa Evans got things started when she hit a bunt to reach first base and moved to second off a Nycole Koyano single. Megan Schwab singled up the middle, which loaded the bases for the Buckeyes.
PSU’s Missy Beseres relieved Riggleman on the mound. Jamee Juarez doubled, which scored Evans and Koyano and put Schwab on third. Ashley Cutcliff reached first base on a fielder’s choice as Juarez moved to third and Schwab was called out at home. Nicole Lancaster came in to run for Cutcliff at first and stole second. Both Juarez and Lancaster scored when DeVries hit a double to put the Buckeye up, 4-1, at the end of the top of the sixth.
The Ohio State defense was consistent by leaving seven Penn State runners on base, including two in the bottom of the fifth.
The Buckeyes end their regular-season schedule in game two vs. Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday in State College, Pa.