CLEARWATER, Fla. – Looking for its first win over a top-five opponent this season, No. RV/23 Ohio State (3-2) ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 decision against No. 1/2 Florida State (6-0) on Friday afternoon to open the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational.
IN A NUTSHELL
Ohio State held off Florida State through three innings, stranding four runners to keep the game even at nil. The Seminoles opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run and RBI double, taking a 2-0 lead.
With FSU on the board, Kat Duvall replaced Lauren Rice in the circle. The Buckeyes’ defense stepped up to leave a pair of Noles with nowhere to go on a 6-2-5-6 tag and groundout.
Ohio State’s offense came alive in the top of the fifth off the bat of Kaitlyn Coffman. Staring down two outs, the rookie broke up Meghan King’s no-hitter bid when she drilled a 1-2 pitch over right field for the first home run of her career, cutting the deficit to 2-1. It was the first hit given up in 11 innings by Florida State.
The Buckeyes threatened in the sixth after Emily Clark walked and Ashley Prange singled for runners on the corners but they were halted by the Noles’ defense. FSU tacked on a run in the home half of the frame with a solo homer.
Rice (1-1) tossed 3.1 innings in which she allowed five hits and two runs with a pair of strikeouts. Duvall gave up two hits and one run but fanned three Seminoles during 2.2 innings of relief.
Ohio State picks things back up with two games on Saturday against No. 8/7 LSU at 10 a.m. ET and Utah at 1 p.m. ET on Field #3 inside the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex.