April 20, 1999
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (14-24 overall, 2-11 in Big Ten) used an offensive flurry and solid pitching to defeat the Butler Bulldogs (10-38), 11-2 in five innings.
The onslaught began in the bottom of the first inning. Cheryl Palaraon (Sr., Reno, Nev.) led off with a single to rightfield. Two batters later, Stacy Roth (Fr., Wauseon, Ohio) walked . Jaime Chenevey (Sr., Wooster, Ohio) immediately followed with an RBI double to centerfield to score Palaroan. Roth eventually scored on a wild pitch by Butler starter Katie Finley to give OSU an early 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, OSU added another run when Carrie Vanderpool (Sr., Corona, Calif.) scored on a error by Butler rightfielder Kendra Bosley
The third inning saw the Buckeyes cross the plated four more times. Anna Smith (Fr., Walnut, Calif.) led off with a triple. Roth followed and reached base when she was hit by a pitch. Chenevey scored both runners off a double to centerfield. Holly English (So., Akron, Ohio) kept the rally going with an RBI double to score Chenevey. Two batters later, Vanderpool added the last run of the inning with an RBI single to centerfield to score English. The Buckeyes finished the inning with a 7-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Butler finally reached the scoreboard with two runs off a pair of hits.
The Buckeyes ended the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning. Renae Weigel (Jr., Coldwater, Ohio) led off with a walk. English followed with a single to center. Weigel then scored on a single by Katie Wessendorf (So., Waterville, Ohio). Then off a 1-1 offering by Butler relief pitcher Stephanie Burlein, Vanderpool launched her first home run of the season, a three-run shot over the leftfield field wall, to win the game for the Buckeyes. The mercy role (minimum eight run lead after five full innings) was invoked.
“I didn’t think the ball was going to stay fair,” Vanderpool said. “It surprised me when it went over the fence.” Inside the circle, Jenn Elwell (Fr., Dearborn Heights, Michigan) had her finest day as a Buckeye. She retired the first six batters she faced and earned her first win of the season. Her record is now 1-1. Katie Finley (1-18) took the loss for Bulter.
“It was a nice win,” head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “Jenn did a really nice job and kept her composure after her one bad inning. “Carrie is really starting to swing the bat well as of late, so hopefully she can keep it going.”
On Thursday, the Buckeyes will play host to Dayton in a doubleheader at 3 p.m.