Buckeyes held to two hits; Sam Marder intentionally walked three times

COLUMBUS, Ohio Iowa sophomore Amanda Zust threw a two-hit shutout and the Hawkeyes’ lone run in the fifth inning was all the scoring as the No. 22 Ohio State softball team fell, 1-0, Saturday at Buckeye Field. After a 4-3 win Friday night, Ohio State was looking for its first two-win weekend over Iowa since 1995.

The Buckeyes, who had won 25-consecutive regular-season games at home, fall to 22-7 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Ohio State had not been shut out at home since May 1, 2005, in an 8-0 loss to Purdue. Iowa improves to 21-11 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State sophomore Sam Marder, who hit the game-tying home run Friday night for her nation’s best 41st RBI of the season, was intentionally walked three times, bringing her total of intentional free passes this weekend to five.

Ohio State sophomore Lindsay Bodeker held Iowa hitless through four innings, but gave up a leadoff single to Erin Riemersma in the fifth. A sacrifice bunt got her to second and Quinn Morelock’s single up the middle scored Riemersma from second. Bodeker fielded the throw from centerfield on the play and threw to second base in an attempt to snag Morelock running to second, but Bodeker suffered a knee injury on the play and could not continue.

After Bodeker was helped from the field, junior Kim Reeder replaced her in the circle and the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run. Bodeker suffers the loss to fall to 6-2.

Zust held the Buckeyes hitless until freshman Dee Dee Hillman led off the top of the fourth inning with an infield single. Zust then intentionally walked Marder for the second time in the game to put runners at first and second with no outs. Sophomore Tory Haddad’s sacrifice bunt moved Hillman to third and Marder to second, but when freshman Karisa Medrano grounded to third, Hillman was retired in a run-down between third and home and Marder was picked off trying to get back to second.

That would be the last time Ohio State got a runner in scoring position in the game despite a fifth-inning single by senior Liz Caputo.

Ohio State returns to Buckeye Field at noon Sunday for a doubleheader against Illinois (16-16). Both games will televised by the Big Ten Network on tape delay beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Postgame Notes Iowa 1, No. 22 Ohio State 0 … March 28, 2008
– Not in the Box Score: OSU sophomore pitcher Lindsay Bodeker left the game in the fifth inning with a knee injury and will be evaluated by the OSU medical staff Sunday and Monday to determine the severity of the injury. 
– Ohio State had not lost a regular-season game at home since April 22, 2006 against Michigan.
– Ohio State is now 8-2 this season in one-run games.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Senior Liz Caputo’s fifth inning single extended her current hitting streak to five games.
– Buckeyes in the field: Freshman third-baseman Rachael Shepherd has not committed an error in her last 13 games and has only one error in her last 20 games (64 attempts).
– Ohio State is now 24-4 at Buckeye Field when ranked in the Top 25.
– Weather: Sunny and 42 degrees at first pitch. Wind 5-12 MPH in from left-centerfield.
– Iowa now leads the all-time series with Ohio State 58-33, including 22-10 at Buckeye Field. The Hawkeyes had won the last eight meetings at Buckeye Field before Ohio State’s 4-3 win Friday.

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