Goodchild, Vanderink and Haddad all collect two hits; Reeder throws complete game
By Matt Gottfried, Ohio State Athletics Communications
COLUMBUS, Ohio In a game full of hard hit liners and superb defensive plays, it was a harmless fly ball that proved to be the difference maker in Ohio State’s 6-3 win over Kentucky Wednesday afternoon.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases for the second straight inning in the bottom of the second, but with two outs, it looked as if the Wildcats would once again escape the jam unscathed. Senior Brittany Vanderink skied a high fly ball to shallow right field, where both the Wildcats’ second baseman and right fielder converged under the ball. Though both fielders would call for the ball, neither attempted the catch it as it fell safely between them.
The miscommunication allowed two runs to score on the play, and in the very next at bat, sophomore Tory Haddad lined a 2-run double to left center to take a commanding 4-2 lead they never looked back from.
The win improved the Buckeyes’ record to 26-16 on the season and 5-8 at Buckeye Field. It also marked their eighth come from behind victory of the season. Kentucky, meanwhile, dropped to 15-28 with the loss.
Vanderink’s two-run single was one of multiple in the first game of the double header, as her second at bat resulted in another RBI hit. Her multi-hit effort was the 17th of the season, which ranks No. 1 on the team. She finished 2-of-4 with three RBIs and a stolen base.
Haddad also recorded her eighth multi-hit game of the season after going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Freshman Brittany Goodchild was 2-for-4.
Reeder (14-11) picked up the win in the circle, by tossing a complete game and surrendering three runs on eight hits. She also struck out six batters – three of which came in the top of the sixth inning.
Despite earning the victory, it was Kentucky that first struck in the non-conference affair.
The Wildcats Audrey Meyer led off the game with a single and then moved to third base on a pair of fielder choices. Megan Aull then hit a soft grounder to third baseman Rachel Shepherd with two outs, but a high throw pulled Haddad off first base. Shepherd’s error was her first in 25 games and resulted in an early 1-0 deficit.
The Buckeyes responded by loading the bases in the next half inning without recording a single hit, but a Rachel Schultz strikeout allowed Jennifer Young to escape the inning unmarked. Young replaced the Wildcats’ original starter, Lindsay Brogdon, after a pair of hit batters and illegal pitches forced Brogdon’s early exit in the first.
Postgame Notes Ohio State 6, Kentucky 3 GAME ONE … April 16, 2008
Ohio State (26-16)
– With the win, Ohio State head coach Linda Kalafatis now owns 400 wins as a Buckeye. She is 671-373-2 overall.
– Ohio State is now 320-131 (.710) all-time at Buckeye Field since the facility opened in 1988. That record includes a 184-28 (.868) record in non-league games.
– Ohio State sophomore Sam Marder started her 100th consecutive game for the Buckeyes.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Sophomore Tory Haddad went 2-for-3 in game one and is now 9-for-26 (.346) in her last nine games.
– With a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, senior Brittany Vanderink notched her team-leading 17th multiple-hit game of the season. She also tied her career high with three RBI in the game.
– With one stolen base in the game, Vanderink is now 15-for-16 in stolen base attempts on the season and 61-for-65 in her career.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Junior Kim Reeder has thrown complete games in 18 of 23 starts this season. She has struck out at least one batter in 78 collegiate starts and 92 of 96 appearances overall.
– Weather: Sunny and 67 degress at first pitch. Wind 5-10 mph out to left center.
– Ohio State is now 6-2 all-time against Kentucky.
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