SEATTLE, Wash. – Ohio State split its opening day at the Husky Classic, beating Seattle 6-4 in eight innings before falling to No. 6 Washington, 3-0, in the nightcap. The Buckeyes are 9-5 on the season.
GAME 1: Ohio State 6, Seattle 4 (8)
Ohio State wasted no time getting on the board with two runs on two hits in the opening frame. Lilli Piper walked and Emily Clark drove her in on a triple to right center. Kaitlyn Coffman kept the hits coming with a RBI single through the right side.
The Buckeyes kept the momentum going on defense in the bottom half. With the bases loaded, Clark dove to field the ball and tossed it to Piper at second, who threw it down to Megan McMenemy at first for a 4-6-3 double play.
Claire Nicholson started the second inning with a leadoff single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Meg Otte knocked a RBI double to the center field wall to extend the lead.
Seattle joined the scoring in the bottom of the third behind a two-run homer from Madison Cathcart. The Redhawks tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly.
It took extra innings for the Buckeyes to break the stalemate. Kaitlyn Coffman was placed on second base to start the inning per non-conference rules. Niki Carver struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch while Coffman went to third. Up next, Nicholson drove in the go-ahead run on a single. With a pair in scoring position after a wild pitch, Meg Otte’s RBI single added to Ohio State’s advantage. Otte then stole second as Nicholson scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
The Redhawks tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI double but the Buckeyes stepped up on defense to secure the win.
RHP Lauren Rice was credited with the win, improving to 4-1 on the year. She allowed two runs on two hits with a career-high five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Morgan Ray picked up her first save of the season after pitching the final inning in which she did not allow a hit and recorded a game-ending strikeout. Skylar Hayward started the contest and tossed 2.1 innings of four-hit, two-run, one-strikeout ball.
GAME 2: No. 6 Washington 3, Ohio State 0
Ohio State held off Washington until late in the game, retiring 11 straight batters between the second and sixth innings. The Huskies pulled away in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder’s choice and two-RBI single.
Morgan Ray (4-3) tossed six innings in which she gave up three runs and three hits with six strikeouts. Megan McMenemy and Emily Clark each had a hit for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State continues its time at the Husky Classic with games against Seattle and Idaho State tomorrow. The Buckeyes will face the Redhawks at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET before challenging the Bengals at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET.