Megan Miller falls victim to Ohio State’s defensive miscues

By Matt Gottfried, Ohio State Athletics Communications

COLUMBUS, Ohio In Megan Miller’s last start against Purdue, a four-error outing by the Ohio State defense nearly spoiled a solid pitching performance in her three-hit gem against the Boilermakers. In the second game of the Buckeyes’ double header with Kentucky Wednesday, she was not so lucky.

Miller tossed four solid innings to begin the game, striking out five batters and giving up just three earned runs. But during that span, the Wildcats plated five unearned runs after Ohio State committed four errors to take a comfortable 8-0 lead.

The Buckeyes went on to lose the non-conference game 16-0 in what became their worse lost in the program’s 36-year history.

The loss drops Ohio State to 26-17 this season, while Kentucky improves to 16-28. The Buckeyes are now 6-3 all-time against the Wildcats.

Kentucky got on the board in the first after a two out error by freshman Rachel Shepherd extended the inning to Meagan Aull. With runners at first and second, Aull took Miller’s next offering and smashed a line drive right at Brittany Vanderink in left field, but the ball caromed off her glove for the team’s second error of the inning. Both runners scored on that play, and the Wildcats added a couple more in the third after another two-out error opened the door for two runs to score.

The fourth inning didn’t fair much better for the Buckeyes either, as the leadoff batter reached on an error and later scored for Miller’s fifth-straight unearned run. The Wildcats then added three more runs on four hits.

Offensively the Buckeyes had five hits, two of which came from sophomore Sam Marder.

Freshman Brittany Goodchild also made her first collegiate appearance on the mound in relief of Miller in the fifth inning, surrendering six runs on four hits. Miller then re-entered the game for Goodchild with the score at 12-0.

Ohio State will next be in action this weekend when it continues its eight game home stand with two games against Michigan and Penn State.