BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Sophomore Sam Marder hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and junior Kim Reeder struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Ohio State softball team beat Indiana Friday, 3-2, in Bloomington to snap a six-game losing streak.
Ohio State (24-14, 3-6 Big Ten) left 12 runners on base, but Marder’s blast her 12th of the season and 22nd of her career came with two outs and would hold up for her 10th game-winning RBI of the season. Indiana (11-27, 1-8 Big Ten) entered the game 3-3 in its last six games.
“Kim settled in and threw great,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “We still left too many runners on base, but we’re getting close and we hit some balls right at them. Any time you have nine hits and strike out 12 of their batters, you should win, but I’m happy with our defense and the fact we didn’t commit an error today. I knew something good was going to happen at the end when Dee Dee (Hillman) was up, because I thought she was either going to get on and Sam would be up, or Sam would lead off the next inning.”
And Hillman did get on with a two-out single to the shortstop on a sinking line drive that Indiana’s Emily Bergeson dove for and almost snagged, but did not, keeping Ohio State’s inning alive and bringing Marder to the plate. She lofted an offering from IU junior Monica Wright toward the right-field fence and it did not come down until it cleared the 190-foot sign.
Reeder went the distance, retiring 14 of the last 15 Hoosiers of the game, for her 15th complete game of the season. She improves to 13-9 overall this season and 3-0 in her career against Indiana. On her way to 12 strikeouts, Reeder fanned six in a row though the fourth and fifth innings.
Both teams were retired in order in the first inning, but Ohio State got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning when sophomore Tory Haddad drew a one-out walk, went to second on a single up the middle by sophomore Whitney Cooper and scored on a single up the middle by freshman Brittany Goodchild.
Indiana scored the next two runs, however, to take a 2-1 lead. Senior Tory Yamaguchi led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run her IU record tying 38th-career blast. Reeder limited the damage in that inning to one run, but the Hoosiers scored again in the bottom of the third inning when Jennifer Glueckert led off with a single to left and scored on a double to the right-centerfield gap by Julie DiNallo.
The Buckeyes did not have much trouble getting runners on base against Wright, but they could not get the run-producing hit they needed. Ohio State loaded the bases in the third and fifth innings and got two aboard in the fourth, but Wright was able to work out of the jam all three times. OSU senior Brittany Vanderink had two singles in that stretch and Haddad singled down the left-field line to account for the base hits to go along with four other OSU walks.
Vanderink and Goodchild both went 2-for-4, while Marder’s two-run shot marked her 13th multiple-RBI game of the season.
The Buckeyes and Hoosiers will wrap up the two-game series at 1 p.m. Saturday at the IU Softball Field before Ohio State moves on to West Lafayette, Ind., for a doubleheader Sunday that will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Postgame Notes Ohio State 3, Indiana 2 … April 11, 2008
– Not in the Box Score: The win marked Ohio State’s seventh come-from-behind victory of the season.
– The Buckeyes are now 18-4 this season when they score first.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Sam Marder’s home run Friday marked her third in Big Ten play this season in only 12 at bats. She has been walked 17 times by league pitchers, including twice Friday against Indiana.
– Marder is now batting 11-for-24 (.458) in Big Ten games this season.
– Marder is now 3-for-6 (.500) in her career against Indiana, including 2-for-5 (.400) against Indiana’s Monica Wright.
– Senior Brittany Vanderink is now 4-for-10 (.400) in her career against Wright.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Kim Reeder’s 12 strikeouts topped her previous career high of 11 strikeouts against Brigham Young in Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 23, 2007.
– Reeder is now 3-0 in her career against Indiana with 28 strikeouts and a 1.44 ERA in 19.2 innings.
– Reeder has pitched in 22 of Ohio State’s last 26 games, starting 15 of those contests.
– Buckeyes in the field: The Buckeyes did not commit an error Friday, with two assists each coming in the infield from third-baseman Rachael Shepherd, second-baseman Dee Dee Hillman and Reeder in the circle.
– Weather: Mostly sunny and 67 degrees at first pitch. Wind 20 MPH out to right field.
– Ohio State is now 30-50-2 all-time against Indiana, including 12-21 in Bloomington.
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