April 9, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Olivia O’Reilly pitched a complete game shutout in the first game and Evelyn Carrillo hit a game-tying grand slam in the second as the Ohio State softball team swept Ohio in a nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday evening at Buckeye Field. With the victories, the Buckeyes are now 19-18 overall on the season.

Game One: Ohio State 6, Ohio 0
O’Reilly picked up her team-leading seventh win the season and she scatted just three hits over seven innings while striking out two in the Buckeyes’ victory.

On offense, junior Taylor Watkins went 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. She also hit her fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field that gave Ohio State a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Other Buckeyes to collect multiple hits included Caitlin Conrad (2-for-4, two runs scored) and Melissa Rennie (2-for-4, one RBI).

The Buckeyes got on the board with three runs on three hits and one Ohio error in the bottom of the third. Carrillo and Rennie both had RBI singles in the frame and the other run scored via a error by Ohio pitcher Leanna Bachman.

The scored remained 3-0 until Watkins’ three-run home run in the sixth. The inning got started with a single by Keelia Nester and a double by Conard.

Ohio got one baserunner in the seventh via an error by O’Reilly retired the next three batters in order.

Game Two: Ohio State 10, Ohio 9 (8 inn.)
Carrillo hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 9-9 and Keelia Nester won it with a infield single that scored Melaina Saalfeld as Ohio State claimed a dramatic 10-9 come-from-behind victory to secure the doubleheader sweep.

Trailing 9-5 with one out in the seventh, the Buckeyes’ got back-to-back singles from Nester and Conrad before OU retired Watkins for the second out of the inning. The rally started with an error on OU’s second basemen, loading the bases for Carrillo, who belted the first pitch that she saw over the left center field fence.

In the top of the eighth, O’Reilly, who came in to relieve Shelby Hursh, retired the Bobcats in order. Erika Leonard started out the bottom of the eighth with a walk and was pinch run for by Saalfeld. Rennie sacrificed Saalfeld to second and Nester singled to the shortstop, allow Saalfeld to come all the way around from second to score.

In addition to Carrillo’s heroics, Prantl also went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Conrad was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Nester collected three hits with two runs scored and two RBI.

Ohio had a chance to break the game open when it scored three times on just one hit in the fifth inning to take a 8-3 lead, but Ohio State got two runs back in the bottom of the frame thanks to Prantl’s home run and RBI groundout by Watkins.

The Buckeyes return to action this weekend when they host Purdue for a three-game series at Buckeye Field April 11-13. Friday’s opening game gets underway at 6 p.m. and admission is free.