Oct. 16, 2004

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State softball team split into two teams for its annual intrasquad scrimmage. The Scarlet team beat the Gray team, three games to one, for the 2004 title. On the Scarlet squad were Jamee Juarez, Andrea Tribuzi, Stacy Hibma, Ashley Cutcliff, Birttany Vanderink, Stephanie Hill, B.J. Carder, Nicole Lancaster and Liz Caputo. The Gray team included Chelsea Baker, Nicole Gragson, Natalie Hales, Christina Douglas, Nycole Koyano, Karisa Evans, Jennifer Johnson, Megan Schwab and Meghan Rowlands.

The Gray team opened the event with a 6-1 victory Oct. 7. Schwab and Koyano opened the game with back-to-back singles and scored off a two-RBI hit by Douglas. Koyano crossed home plate again in the top of the third off an RBI-double by Douglas. Koyano’s second score put Gray up, 3-0. In the fourth inning, Evans hit an RBI single in the fourth. In the fifth, Scarlet rallied when Juarez tallied a double and a Carder single brought Juarez home. However, Hales nailed a shot over the left-field wall in the sixth inning to give Gray the final 6-0 advantage.

In game one, Koyano went 2-for-2 with two sacrifices and three runs scored. Additionally, Schwab went 3-for-4 and scored twice and Douglas was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Hibma and Vanderink were consistent offensively with a 3-for-4 and 2-for-4 afternoon, respectively.

Scarlet responded in game two with a 4-1 victory Oct. 8. Carder led off the second inning with a single and advanced to second on an error. Carder crossed home off a sacrifice fly by Vanderink. In the fourth inning, Vanderink also scored Carder in the fourth off a single to left field, which gave Scarlet a 2-0 lead. In the top of the sixth, Hibma ripped a shot to right field in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Vanderink and pushing the Scarlet advantage to 3-0. Juarez solidified the 4-0 win with a homerun over the left field wall in the top of the seventh.

Gray rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but it would not prove to be enough for the win. Baker lead-off with a double to left field and scored on an RBI double by Rowlands.

Highlights in the game for the Scarlet team included Vanderink going 3-for-3 and Carder scoring two runs off a 2-for-4 afternoon. For the Gray squad, Schwab was 2-for-3 and Rowlands was 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

In game three Oct. 13, Scarlet took a 2-1 game advantage over the Gray team with a 3-1 victory. Despite Vanderink and Caputo starting the game with a pair of singles, Gray escaped the inning and kept the contest scoreless. In the fifth inning, Vanderink lead off with a single and moved to second off a Hibma single up the middle. Cutcliff loaded the bases with a hit to right field and Juarez blasted a two-RBI double to left, which scored Vanderink and Hibma and gave Scarlet a 2-0 advantage. Lancaster brought home Cutcliff on a ground ball hit to the left side and put the Scarlet squad up 3-0.

With two outs left in the seventh inning, the Gray team’s Koyano hit a double to left field. Evans scored Koyano when she hit an RBI double to left field, but 3-1 is as close as Gray would get to Scarlet.

Vanderink was on fire offensively with a 4-for-4 showing and her Scarlet teammates Captuo and Cutcliff each tallied 2-for-4 marks. Juarez was 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double. For the Gray team, Evans was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

In the final game of the series Oct. 14, Scarlet beat Gray, 8-4, in a tight battle until the sixth inning and captured the 2004 Scarlet-Gray title, three games to one. For the Gray team, Hales led off the second inning with a single and scored on a single hit to right field by Johnson. Scarlet answered in the bottom of the second when Juarez ripped a shot up the middle and scored off an RBI single to right filed b Lancaster. Lancaster crossed home off an RBI single by Tribuzi and gave Scarlet a 2-1 advantage after two innings played.

In the top of the third, Gray’s Douglas started things off with a single, Hales used a bunt sac to advance Douglas before she stole third. Douglas scored on a wild pitch and evened things up at 2-2. Once again, Scarlet responded immediately in the bottom of the third when Cutcliff launched a homerun over the center field wall and gave her squad a 3-2 lead.

In the sixth, Scarlet ran away with the win by tallying five runs. Hibma has a two-RBI double, which scored both Vanderink and Caputo. Hibma then advanced to third on an error and scored off a hit up the middle by Cutcliff. Tribuzi capped things off with an RBI single, which scored Carder.

For the Gray team, Koyano and Hales were both 2-for-4 and Johnson was 2-for-3 with one score and one RBI. For the Scarlet, Caputo scored once with a 2-for-4 afternoon. Hibma was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Cutcliff was 2-for-4 with a homerun, two RBI and one run scored. Tribuzi was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and one run scored.