Buckeyes swept at home in regular-season nonconference for first time since 1992

COLUMBUS, Ohio For the first time since 1992, the Ohio State softball team was swept in a regular-season nonconference doubleheader at Buckeye Field as Marshall won, 11-0 and 6-1, Wednesday night.

Ohio State, now 23-10 overall, saw its 32-game winning streak in home regular-season nonconference games snapped with the loss in game one when the Buckeyes left 15 runners on base. When Marshall (14-23) won the nightcap, it marked the first time since April 29, 1992 against Kent State that Ohio State was swept at Buckeye Field in the regular season.

“We will have to re-evaluate ourselves, for sure,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “Every team gets to points in the year when they struggle offensively a little bit and we’re pretty young. Maybe that’s playing with us a little bit. The girls feel like we’re not quite playing as a unit the way we were, so making a decision to work on that better and come to practice and get better.”

The Buckeyes left the bases loaded in the first, second and sixth innings in the opener and left two runners on base in the other three innings. In the second game, Ohio State was held to four hits and produced its only run in the first inning.

“It’s a funny game,” Kalafatis said. “Sometimes numbers tell you a lot and sometimes they don’t give you any answers at all. Tonight, Marshall was just the better team. I don’t think anyone would tell you they don’t want to win or that they didn’t come ready to play. But there is a fine line between being good and being mediocre and we can each give a little more.”

Sophomore Whitney Cooper and freshman Rachael Shepherd both had two hits in the first game. Cooper, along with freshmen Dee Dee Hillman and Karisa Medrano, were the only Buckeyes to have a hit in both games.

Junior Kim Reeder (12-6) and sophomore Megan Miller (5-2) both suffered losses. Miller threw her second complete game of the season in the nightcap.

Sophomore Sam Marder had her career-high 14-game hitting streak snapped in the first game.

The Buckeyes will aim to put the two losses behind them when they host Michigan State and No. 16 Northwestern this weekend.

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