Check out the recap from game one Wednesday for audio interviews with head coach Linda Kalafatis and pitcher Megan Miller following the doubleheader.
Miller tosses second career shutout to seal Ohio State’s first home doubleheader sweep
COLUMBUS, Ohio Sophomore Megan Miller tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout and the Ohio State softball team pulled off its first home doubleheader sweep of the season with a 7-0 win over Ball State in game two Wednesday at Buckeye Field.
With the sweep, the Buckeyes will depart Columbus Thursday with some momentum as they travel for games at Wisconsin and Minnesota in Ohio State’s last four Big Ten games of the season. The Buckeyes are 29-20 overall and 5-11 in the Big Ten, currently sitting in ninth place. The top eight teams in the league qualify for the Big Ten tournament.
“I hope this helps this weekend,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “Every game is a new game, but we’ll certainly use the momentum and hope it’ll propel us into taking the field with a lot of confidence.”
Miller, who threw her fourth complete game in her last five starts, held down the Cardinals (31-27) while the OSU offense erupted for a four-run fourth inning and scored single runs in three other innings. Miller struck out four and walked none, improving to 8-4 this season.
“It starts on the mound,” Kalafatis said. “When we’re good on the mound, our defense is better and we’re playing with more confidence and then we’re able to hit the ball. I really believe that Kim Reeder and Megan Miller have picked it up and hit their spots better in these last couple series and we’ll hope to continue that trend the rest of the way.”
In that big fourth inning, all four OSU runs came with two outs and were unearned. The first pair scored when sophomore Rebecca Schultz grounded to second and the throw to first sailed into the dirt. Sophomore Sam Marder then hit a two-run double her team-leading seventh of the season to up the Buckeyes’ lead to 5-0. Sophomore Tory Haddad and senior Liz Caputo both singled in the inning and scored, while freshman Karisa Medrano walked and scored along with Schultz.
Ohio State added another run in the fifth when senior Brittany Vanderink doubled to centerfield, went to third on a fly ball to right field by Haddad and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Medrano.
The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when freshman Brittany Goodchild launched her fourth double of the season to the wall down the left-field line to score sophomore Rebecca Schultz. Schultz was aboard after a walk and was joined on the base paths after Marder was intentionally walked. Marder was thrown out at the plate on Goodchild’s double.
Caputo led the Buckeyes offensively with a 2-for-2 effort and a run scored. Caputo has hit safely in four of her last five games and is batting .353 (6-17) in her last seven games.
Marder went 1-for-1 with three walks two intentional and drove in two runs to give her 49 on the season and tie herself for third-most RBI in a season in Ohio State history. Marder, who also drove in 49 runs last season, already ranks fifth all-time at Ohio State with 98 RBI.
The Buckeyes’ four-game, two-city road trip begins at 6 p.m. CT Friday when they take on Wisconsin in Madison. The Big Ten Network will televise the game live nationally.
Postgame Notes Ohio State 7, Ball State 0 GAME TWO … April 23, 2008
– Ohio State is now 21-3 this season when out-hitting its opponent.
– The Buckeyes are now 19-2 when leading after four innings.
– Ohio State is now 21-6 this season when scoring first.
– Buckeyes at the plate: With two runs batted in, sophomore Sam Marder moves into fifth place all-time at Ohio State in career RBI with 98. Marder moved past Nicole Paloney, who had 96 career RBI from 1994-97.
– Marder’s 49 RBI this season equal her total from last season and are two away from Wendy Allen’s total of 51 in 2002, which rank second in a season at Ohio State. Stacy Roth owns the single-season RBI record with 66 in 2002.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Megan Miller threw her second career shutout in the game. Her first shutout came at Buckeye Field April 18, 2007, when she held IUPUI scoreless and to three in her first career home start.
– Buckeyes in the field: Freshman Karisa Medrano made her first start in left field in game.
– Freshman Rachael Shepherd, Ohio State’s normal third-baseman, saw her first action at shortstop.
– Weather: Clear and 75 degrees at first pitch. Wind 0-5 MPH out to right field.
– Ohio State is now 186-29 in nonconference games at Buckeye Field since the facility opened in 1988.
– The Buckeyes are now 13-6 all-time against Ball State.
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