Tory Haddad homers to give Buckeyes early 1-0 lead but Hornets hit three out of the park

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Seeing its seven-game winning streak come to an end, the 19th-ranked Ohio State softball team was dealt a 14-6 loss at Sacramento State Friday at the Capital Classic in Sacramento.

The Buckeyes (17-5) led 1-0 after two innings, but the Hornets (12-10) erupted for five runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and four more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Sacramento State collected 16 hits in the game, the most against Ohio State since OSU pitchers allowed 16 hits on April 18, 1999 in a 6-5 eight-inning loss at Michigan State. Three of those 16 hits Friday at SSU were home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning.

The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when sophomore Tory Haddad led off with her second home run of the season, a shot to left field. She would end the game with three runs batted in to tie her career high.

Sacramento State responded with a five-run third inning that included four hits and two OSU errors. Ohio State kept itself in the game by scoring twice in the bottom of the third when Haddad knocked a two-run single to score freshman Karisa Medrano, who had walked, and sophomore Whitney Cooper, who had doubled.

But Ohio State would leave the bases loaded that inning and the Hornets would capitalize with four runs in the top of the fourth that chased OSU starter Megan Miller from the game. Miller’s outing including 3.1 innings, eight runs, five earned, one walk and two strikeouts. Medrano came on in relief for her first pitching action of the season and worked the final 3.2 innings, allowing six runs, five earned with four walks and four strikeouts.

Four of those runs off Medrano came in the top of the sixth when SSU’s Whitney Loomis hit a grand slam her fifth homer of the season to left field to give her team a 13-3 lead.

Ohio State countered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Rachael Shepherd hit an RBI single and junior Cortney Cannon added a pinch-hit, two-run single.

The Buckeyes return to the Sacramento Softball Complex Saturday with two games, beginning with a 10 a.m. PT contest against California and a 12:30 p.m. PT game against Northern Colorado.

Postgame Notes Sacramento State 14, No. 19 Ohio State 6 … March 14, 2008
– Not in the Box Score: Ohio State freshman Karisa Medrano saw her first collegiate action in the circle Friday with 3.2 innings against Sacramento State.
– The 20 combined runs scored in the game Friday are the second-most since game records are available in 1986. The known record is 21 runs in an 11-10 loss at Loyola Marymount March 24, 2005.
– Despite the loss, the Buckeyes had 11 hits in the game, marking the ninth time this season they had 10 or more hits. Opponents have reached double-digit hits only three times.
– Ohio State entered the game 14-2 this season when scoring first and took a 1-0 lead after two innings.
– Buckeyes at the plate: Sophomore Sam Marder went 1-for-3 to up her current hitting streak to six games.
– Senior Brittany Vanderink’s single in the first inning marked the 20th time in Ohio State’s 22 games this season that she had at least one hit.
– Following Vanderink’s single, however, she was thrown out stealing to snap her string of 28-consecutive successful stolen base attempts, which dates back to last year. She is 12-for-13 this season and 58-for-62 in her career.
– Buckeyes in the circle: Sophomore Megan Miller suffered her first defeat of the season Friday in the loss at SSU. She is now 4-1 this season.
– The Buckeyes are now 63-31 all-time when ranked in the Top 25.
– Ohio State has not been shut out in a school-record 58-consecutive games.
– Weather: Mostly sunny and 59 degrees at first pitch. Wind SSW 15 MPH.
– Sacramento State now leads the all-time series against Ohio State, 5-2.

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