Vanderink drives in game-winning run in fifth inning; Reeder strikes out nine

COLUMBUS, Ohio   Senior Brittany Vanderink’s RBI double with two outs in the fifth inning erased a 1-1 tie and it would hold up as the game-winning RBI to send the Ohio State softball team past Ball State, 2-1, Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field.

Ohio State (28-20) got a complete game, three-hitter from junior Kim Reeder, who struck out nine and allowed only one unearned run. In striking out the side to end the game, she improves to 15-14 with her 20th complete game this season in 27 starts.

Ball State (31-26) entered the game 3-1 against the Big Ten this season, including Purdue, the current fourth-place team in the league standings.

The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when sophomore Rebecca Schultz reached on a two-out error on a grounder to shortstop, then scored from first on a double to the right-centerfield gap by sophomore Whitney Cooper.

Ohio State loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but hit into a double-play to eliminate one run and then lined out to end the frame without scoring.

Vanderink’s RBI double down the left-field line in the fifth scored pinch-runner Kady Caughenbaugh from second base. Sophomore Sam Marder hit a one-out single up the middle before being replaced by Caughenbaugh, who went to second on a groundout by freshman Brittany Goodchild.

Vanderink ended the game 2-for-3 for her team-leading 19th multiple hit game of the season.

Ohio State and Ball State will commence the second game of the doubleheader at approximately 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Postgame Notes Ohio State 2, Ball State 1 GAME ONE … April 23, 2008
– The Buckeyes are now 12-5 in one-run games this season.
– Ohio State is now 20-6 this season when scoring first.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Senior Brittany Vanderink’s fourth-inning single was her 208th career hit, moving her into sole possession of seventh-place all-time at Ohio State. Vanderink has been tied with Megan Schwab (2004-07).
– Vanderink stole second after her single, marking her 62nd career stolen base in only 67 attempts. That total is third-most in Ohio State history.
– Sophomore Whitney Cooper’s RBI double in the second inning was her second double in the last three games and was her fifth double of the season, which is tied for second-most on the team.
– Buckeyes in the circle: With seven innings pitched in the game, junior Kim Reeder moved into sixth-place all-time on the OSU career innings pitched list. She moved past Shelly Eger, who tossed 536.1 innings from 1984-87. Next up for Reeder is Kristi DeVries, who hurled 600.1 innings from 2001-04.
– The complete game fro Reeder was the 48th her career in 82 starts. She has struck out at least one batter in each of those 82 starts and has 471 strikeouts in her career.
– Ohio State is now 185-29 in nonconference games at Buckeye Field since the facility opened in 1988.
– Weather: Sunny and 77 degrees at first pitch. Wind 0-5 MPH out to right-centerfield.
– The Buckeyes are now 12-6 all-time against Ball State.

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