Brittany Vanderink has both OSU hits as Buckeyes fall, 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Minnesota junior pitcher Briana Hassett gave up a first-inning run to the Buckeyes, but that was all she would allow in a two-hit, nine-strikeout effort to lead her Gophers past the Ohio State softball team, 2-1, Sunday in game one of a doubleheader at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis.

Ohio State (30-22, 6-13 Big Ten) had beat the Gophers seven-straight times dating back to 2004. Minnesota (24-14, 7-6 Big Ten) keeps its spot at No. 5 in the league standings.

All three runs in the game were scored in the first inning. With the Buckeyes leading 1-0 after the top of the first, Ohio State sophomore Megan Miller allowed a two-rum homer to Malisa Barnes’ in the bottom of the first to erase the lead and put the Gophers on top, 2-1.

It would be the only mistake Miller would make in the game. She went the distance, striking out three, walking two and surrendering only five hits but sees her record slip to 8-5.

Hassett is now 17-6 and struck out nine. She walked eight Buckeyes, but Ohio State stranded nine base runners. The Buckeyes left the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings.

For the second-consecutive game Ohio State scored in its first at bat to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Sam Marder walked, senior Brittany Vanderink singled to left field and sophomore Tory Haddad walked to load the bases. Freshman Karisa Medrano then grounded to second, allowing Marder to score and the Buckeyes were on top by a run.

From the second inning on, Miller certainly pitched well enough to win. She tossed a three-up, three down second, fourth and sixth inning and got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth.

Vanderink singled again in the seventh to account for the Buckeyes’ only other hit. With two outs in the seventh, Haddad flied to the warning track in left-centerfield, but the ball was caught to end the game.

Ohio State and Minnesota will play game two of the doubleheader at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Sunday.

Postgame Notes Minnesota 2, Ohio State 1 GAME ONE … April 27, 2008
– Ohio State led 1-0 after the top of the first, but the Buckeyes fall to 21-8 when they score first this season.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Senior Brittany Vanderink went 2-for-3 in the game for both OSU hits. She is batting .385 (20-for-52) in her last 16 games.
– The effort marked Vanderink’s 21st multiple-hit game of the season and her seventh in her last 18 games.
– Vanderink is now 9-for-19 (.474) in her career against Minnesota.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Sophomore Megan Miller has thrown complete games in six of her last eight starts.
– Miller has allowed only three earned runs in her last four starts (25.1 innings, 0.83 ERA).
– Buckeyes in the field: Sophomore second baseman Rebecca Schultz tied her career-high with five assists in the game. She has not committed an error in her last 47 attempts (18 games).
– Weather: Cloudy and 45 degrees at first pitch. Wind 0-10 MPH left to right.
– Ohio State is now 29-56 all-time against Minnesota, including 9-26 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Buckeyes had not lost to Minnesota since 2004 in Columbus.

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