ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ohio State softball team split its second day at the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament. The Buckeyes (3-1) picked up a 3-0 win over North Florida (0-2) before it dropped a tough 3-2 decision to UCF (1-2) in the nightcap.
Game 1: Ohio State 3, North Florida 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
In her first start of the season, RHP Kat Duvall was on point in the circle. She stayed poised on her way to a career-high 10 strikeouts in her first-ever complete game. Duvall kept the Ospreys off the board and only allowed two hits and one walk.
Leading off in the second inning, rookie Ashley Prange put the Buckeyes ahead 1-0 when she drove the ball over the left field fence for the first home run of her career.
It was another quick start in the third as Andi Farrah doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Facing two outs, Kallie Boren singled through the right side to score Farrah and push the lead to 2-0.
Ohio State tacked on its final tally in the fifth. Two outs didn’t faze Emily Clark as she punched a single through the left side. Boren was up next and took a pitch to the leg. That set up Prange, who sent the ball up the middle to plate Clark.
Game 2: UCF 3, Ohio State 2
IN A NUTSHELL
It was another night of firsts for the Buckeyes. Claire Nicholson swung for the fences and sent the ball flying over left field to put OSU up 1-0 in top of the second. It was the first home run of her career.
Megan McMenemy got the ball rolling in the fourth on a single down the left field line. Meg Otte laid down a sacrifice bunt to move McMenemy over to second base before Nicholson walked. With two outs, Farrah pushed a RBI single through the left side for a 2-0 advantage.
The Knights responded in the bottom of the fifth. Erin Emanuel scored on a wild pitch and Jazmine Esparaza had a two-run double to give UCF a 3-2 lead. Skylar Hayward entered the game to pitch and helped the Buckeyes work their way out of a bases-loaded jam.
Righty Morgan Ray had 4.2 innings of work and recorded three runs (two earned), two hits and five strikeouts. Hayward pitched 1.1 innings of relief with a strikeout.
Ohio State wraps up its time in Orlando at 9:30 a.m. Sunday against Ole Miss.