Buckeyes out-hit Golden Bears but held scoreless for first time in 58 games

SACRAMENTO, Calif. For the first time 58 games a school-record streak that dated back to March 11, 2007 the Ohio State softball team was held scoreless as the 19th-ranked Buckeyes fell, 2-0, to California Saturday in the Capital Classic at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

Ohio State out-hit Cal, 7-2, but left 10 runners on base and committed four errors, which led to both runs being unearned against OSU junior Kim Reeder, who struck out six and allowed only a second-inning double and a third-inning single.

The Buckeyes are now 1-2 at the Capital Classic and 17-6 overall, while the Golden Bears are 3-0 at the Classic and 23-9 overall. Ohio State entered the game 12-2 this season when out-hitting its opponent.

Cal pitcher Marissa Drewrey struck out 10 Buckeyes to improve to 11-4 this season with two shutouts and 131 strikeouts in 106.2 innings.

After leaving a season-high 14 runners on base Friday against Sacramento State, Ohio State left the bases loaded in the second inning and stranded at least one runner on base in every inning except the seventh.

Senior Brittany Vanderink went 2-for-4 to up her current hitting streak to six games and notch her team-leading 12th multiple hit game of the season.

Vanderink and sophomore Sam Marder both singled in the first inning to put two runners aboard with one out, but two groundball outs ended the inning. Reeder retired the Bears 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first.

Both teams loaded the bases in the second inning and Cal scored once. Ohio State freshman Rachael Shepherd and senior Liz Caputo singled and freshman Dee Dee Hillman walked to load the bases with one out, but a foul-out and strikeout ended the scoring opportunity. Cal used a hit, two walks and an OSU error in its half of the inning to take a 1-0 lead and it could have been more had Reeder not struck out Cal’s leading hitter, Valerie Arioto, looking with the bases loaded after Arioto had hit two line drives just foul down the right field line during the at bat.

OSU sophomore Whitney Cooper singled in the top of the third with two outs but was left at first and the Bears added to their lead in the bottom of the inning on a hit and an error.

The Buckeyes nearly got on the scoreboard again in the top of the fourth despite Cal centerfielder Erika Racklin robbing Shepherd of a sure-double in the gap. After that play, Caputo walk and Vanderink singled, but both were left on base. Cooper walked in the fifth and stole second and Hillman singled in the sixth but it would be the last offense generated by the Buckeyes.

Next up, Ohio State takes on Northern Colorado at 12:30 p.m. PT Saturday.

Postgame Notes California 2, No. 19 Ohio State 0 … March 15, 2008
– Not in the Box Score: Ohio State had not been shut out since March 11, 2007 when the Buckeyes were no-hit by Virginia Tech All-American Angela Tincher in Clearwater, Fla. 
– Ohio State has stranded 24 runners on base in the last two games.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Senior Brittany Vanderink, who had the game-winning RBI when Ohio State beat Cal last season in Palm Springs, went 2-for-4 against the Golden Bears Saturday and has at least one hit in 21 of Ohio State’s 23 games this season.
– Sophomore Sam Marder went 1-for-4 to up her current team-leading hitting streak to seven games.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Junior Kim Reeder has thrown complete games in each of her last five starts and in nine of 11 starts overall this season.
– Buckeyes in the field: Freshman Dee Dee Hillman made her first collegiate start at second base Saturday.
– Weather: Sunny and 52 degrees at first pitch. No wind.
– The Buckeyes are now 63-32 all-time when ranked in the Top 25.
– Cal now leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 5-3.
– Cal has 12 letterwinners and 10 starters back (including two pitchers) from its 2007 team that went 34-32 and was selected for the NCAA tournament (1-2 at Alabama Regional).

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