April 2, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ohio State freshman Kim Reeder threw a three-hit shutout, the first of her career, to lead the Ohio State softball team to a 3-0 win over Purdue Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader at the Purdue Softball Complex. After a one hour and 38 minute rain delay before the game, the Buckeyes improve to 18-13 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Purdue falls to 20-18 and 1-2.
Reeder (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame H.S.) retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Reeder struck out nine Boilermakers, one shy of her career-high, and got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning. After throwing a four-hitter against Indiana yesterday, Reeder’s three hits allowed Sunday against Purdue are her fewest of the season.
“I was pleased with how we executed and came out ready to play after the rain delay,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “Kim gave us great effort on the mound and we backed her up with the hits and runs we needed.”
Reeder, who has won five of her last six decisions, improves to 9-6 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten play.
“It took the whole the team to get the shutout,” Reeder said. “We were solid defensively. It’s great to get a couple Big Ten wins under our belt.”
OSU junior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) went 2-for-2 with a double and sophomore Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) was 2-for-3 to lead Ohio State, which out-hit Purdue 8-3 and scored twice in the third inning and once in the fifth. Juarez added seven assists in the field, the most by an OSU player this season.
In the third inning, junior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) provided a RBI ground-out to score senior Billie Carder (Celina, Ohio/Celina), who had singled, to put Ohio State up, 1-0. Junior Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) then laced a two-out RBI double to score Vanderink, who had singled through the left side and stole second.
OSU junior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) singled to lead off the fifth inning, moved to second on Vanderink’s second base hit of the game and then scored on a first-and-third double-steal with Douglas. The stolen base was Koyano’s 17th of the season, eclipsing her previous season high of 16 that she had as a freshman and a sophomore. Her 49 career stolen bases are fourth all-time at Ohio State.
Purdue pitcher Brooke Baker, who beat Big Ten leader Penn State Saturday, sees her record slip to 12-9.
Ohio State is now 7-1 all-time in West Lafayette and will aim for a sweep of the Boilermakers in game two Sunday.
### GO BUCKS! ###