CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. The No. 23 nationally-ranked Ohio State softball team fell, 1-0, to third-ranked Washington in eight innings Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral City Classic. The Buckeyes are now 11-3 on the season and 4-1 against ranked teams, while the Huskies improve to 14-0.
Washington placed runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth with no outs, but a line drive to Alicia Herron turned double play kept the Buckeyes in the game with a runner left on third. Jessica Ventoza then singled to center field, sending the runner home and giving the Huskies a walk-off win.
It was purely a defensive battle through the first three innings as neither tallied a hit until the top of the fourth when Dee Dee Hillman singled past third base. The Buckeye infield ended the game with all but one of the team’s 23 put-outs, including a team-leading seven by Herron at shortstop. All-American catcher Sam Marder threw out both runners that attempted to steal second and made a total of six outs.
In the circle, Kim Reeder struck out four and allowed just two hits in 5.1 innings of work before giving way to Lindsay Bodeker, who pitched 2.1 innings in relief, striking out two but earning his first loss of the year (5-1).
The Huskies finished with a 5-2 advantage in hits.
The Buckeyes conclude play at the Cathedral City Classic by taking on UC Santa Barbara approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of their game with Washington. The Gauchos are 9-5 after defeating Nevada, 6-4, Sunday afternoon.