April 27, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scoring four runs in the fifth inning, the Ohio State softball team turned a one-run lead into an eventual six-run win, 9-3, in game two of a twin bill against Bowling Green at Buckeye Field Wednesday night. After winning game one 5-0, the Buckeyes (24-14, 4-6 Big Ten) sweep Bowling Green (23-26, 8-8 Mid-American) and improve to 5-1 in their last six games.
Ohio State junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) tossed six innings, striking out five and scattering four hits to improve to 5-2 in the circle. At the plate she tied her career high with three hits in a 3-for-4 effort that included a solo home run in the first inning.
The Buckeyes improve to 16-2 against their last 14 non-conference opponents and hope to ride the momentum of Wednesday’s sweep into an important weekend of four home Big Ten games, which begins Friday when Indiana visits Buckeye Field at 6 p.m.
“We accomplished everything that we wanted to tonight,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “We faced some live pitching and faced different situations on the field. We have played at home only eight or nine times this season so it is nice to be back home after the road trip.”
Sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple in Ohio State’s key fifth inning and finished the game with a career-high tying four RBI. She threw a two-hit shutout in game one and finished the two games 4-for-7 at the plate.
Ohio State hit a season-high six doubles in the opener Wednesday and followed that up with four more in game two. A pair of those came from sophomore Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain), tying her career high, while sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) went 2-for-4 with her first career home run. Koyano’s blast, a line drive over the right field wall, kick-started the Buckeyes’ four-run fifth inning that included an RBI double from Schwab and Juarez’s triple.
Bowling Green scored its first run in the first inning when Megan McPherson singled, stole second base and later scored on a first-and-third stolen base situation with Allison Vallas, who had also singled. Jeanine Baca added a two-run homer in the sixth inning after Ohio State had taken a 6-1 lead.
The Buckeyes added three runs in the sixth inning as junior Nicole Lancaster (Magnolia, Ohio/Sandy Valley) doubled off the wall in left centerfield and later scored on a throwing error by the BGSU catcher. Koyano singled and scored in the frame, while freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood), who went 2-for-4 in the contest, reached on an error and later scored on an RBI ground out by Juarez.
Freshman Nicole Gragson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) came on in relief of Baker in the seventh inning to close the door on the Falcons.
### GO BUCKS! ###