Feb. 23, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas – The rain couldn’t stop No. 21 Ohio State as it rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win over Wichita State (5-5) Friday afternoon to open the Texas Invitational. The Buckeyes are currently on a four-game win streak and improve to 9-1.
Ohio State erased a 3-0 deficit to pick up its fourth walk-off triumph of the season. Big shots for the Buckeyes came on a pair of two-run home runs by Shelby McCombs and Lilli Piper to lift the squad to victory.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Shockers opened up the scoring in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, Madison Perrigan crossed home plate on a passed ball. Following that, Ohio State came up big on defense with three straight outs to strand a pair of runners.
Wichita State tacked on two more runs in the third behind a sac fly and RBI single from Caitlin Bingham.
McCombs got the Buckeyes back in the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer. It started as Ashley Goodwin singled to the shortstop to get the offense going. Next up, McCombs swung on the first pitch and sent it over the centerfield wall for her third home run of the season.
The Buckeyes showed their athleticism in the fifth as they turned a double play on a throw by Piper. McCombs added the punctuation mark with a strikeout to end the visitor frame.
Ohio State came up huge on defense again in the top of the seventh. With two in scoring position and one out, a 6-2-5 rundown and strikeout put the Shockers away.
Staring down two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Niki Carver was patient at the plate to earn a walk. Piper stepped up and blasted the ball over the left field wall for her fourth home run and second walk-off hit this season.
IN THE CIRCLE
McCombs got the job done on both sides of the ball to remain perfect in the circle at 5-0. She tossed five innings of relief for three hits, one run, five strikeouts and no walks. Morgan Ray started the game and pitched two innings with two hits, two runs and a strikeout.
Ohio State is scheduled to face Texas (6:30 p.m. ET) and Wichita State (9 p.m. ET) tomorrow to wrap up the tournament.