March 10, 2019

Ohio State Tops NIU at Husky Classic

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Ohio State wrapped up its time at the Husky Classic with a 3-2 victory over NIU on Sunday morning. The win lifts the Buckeyes to 11-6 overall while the Huskies drop to 9-11.

IN A NUTSHELL

NIU struck first in the bottom of the fourth as a run came across on a wild pitch.

Ohio State fought back in the fifth behind three runs on two hits and an error. Kallie Boren started the half with a walk and Spencer Sansom entered as a pinch runner. Claire Nicholson laid down a bunt and made it to first safely on a throwing error by the third baseman, giving Sansom time to get to third.

Constable entered to run for Nicholson and immediately stole second. Niki Carver hit a RBI single and got to second base on the throw while Constable advanced to third and Sansom scored to tie the game at 1-1. Staring down two outs, Lilli Piper roped a two-RBI double to the left field wall, putting the Buckeyes up 3-1.

Another wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth let in a Husky run.

NIU had runners on the corners in the seventh and a heads up 2-4-5 play resulted in Ashley Prange making a crucial tag at third base as a Husky tried to steal.

RHP Morgan Ray (5-3) tossed five innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out five batters. Lauren Rice earned her first save as a Buckeye after giving up one hit in two innings of relief.

BUCKEYE BITS

  • Lilli Piper had a season-high three hits and two RBI.
  • Carley Gaskill was 1-for-1 with a run scored.
  • The Buckeyes improved to 10-2 all-time against NIU.
  • Ohio State went 3-2 at the Husky Classic.
  • Emily Clark batted .429 with six hits, two runs, two RBI and a .786 slugging percentage over the weekend.
  • Claire Nicholson drove in four runs, tallied six hits and scored three runs while hitting .400 through five games.
  • Andi Farrah recorded a .900 slugging clip with four hits, three RBI and a run over four outings.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes visit Portland State on Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET.