COLUMBUS, Ohio Kim Reeder tied the single-season record for shutouts with her 11th of the year as the No. 11-ranked and seeded Ohio State softball team defeated Canisius, 3-0, Thursday night at New Buckeye Field in the team’s first game of the NCAA Regional in Columbus. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 45-9 on the season, while Canisius drops to 26-24.
“I was a little disappointed in our performance,” Kalafatis said. “Normally our at bats get better as the game goes on. That’s what you expect out of a good team to do, but I don’t think we did that today. We had that one good inning, thankfully that was enough. We knew Kim would be great and it was going to be hard on them to score against her. That was the difference in the game and that one inning was enough for us today.”
Ohio State will face Brigham Young at 2:30 p.m. Friday with Canisius and Kentucky taking the field at approximately 5 p.m. Tickets are available from the New Buckeye Field ticket booth starting an hour and a half before the first game and are good for all games that day. They are $8 for adults, $5 for children/students and must be purchased with cash.
The Scarlet and Gray jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and held on to the advantage for the balance of the game, thanks to eight strikeouts by Reeder and strong defensive play from the Buckeye infield, who made 19 of 21 outs.
Upon tying the shutout record and moving to within one win of match the program’s career record, Reeder gave credit where it is due to the defense.
“I think our defense has really stepped up this year and a lot of the credit of success should go to them,” she said. “It is a great thing to have and it shows how well we are doing this year.”
Marder opened the second inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single to right center by Courtney Pruner before being replaced by Katie Simonton as a pinch runner. Simonton and Pruner each advanced a base on a wild pitch, one of three from starter Mallory Aldred, to put two runners in scoring position for Whitney Cooper. The junior second baseman and captain singled through the left side, scoring Simonton.
It was then Pruner’s turn to score, as she came home off a RBI single from Rebecca Schultz to right center that left Cooper at third. Schultz was picked off trying to steal second, but it created enough of a diversion for Cooper to steal home and put the Buckeyes on top 3-0 in the second.
From there, the Griffs scattered three hits, but left all runners on base, ending the game with 11 abandoned runners. Ohio State stranded four through the remainder of the contest.
In game one, Brigham Young defeated Kentucky, 6-2. The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and held onto the three-run lead until the fourth when the Wildcats cut it to one with a homerun and RBI single. BYU put away the game with three runs in the seventh. Angeline Quiocho led BYU going 3-for-4 with two bunt singles, while Jessica Purcell and Andrea Ramirez each drove in two runs.