April 17, 1999

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East Lansing, Mich. – The Ohio State softball team (13-23 overall, 2-10 in Big Ten) split a doubleheader with the Michigan State Spartans (29-14 overall, 3-3 in Big Ten), winning game one 3-2 and losing game two 5-1.

In game one, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. OSU answered in the top of the second with a pair of runs off one hit. With one out, Cheryl Palaroan (Sr., Reno, Nev.) on second base and Holly English (So., Akron, Ohio) on first base, Stacy Roth (Fr., Wauseon, Ohio) lined a double to left-centerfield to tie the game. With English now on third base, Jaime Chenevey (Sr., Wooster, Ohio) brought her home with a sacrifice bunt to give OSU an early 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, MSU struck back to tie the game with a run off two hits.

The Buckeyes took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Palaroan reached base off an error by MSU first baseman Shealee Dunavan. Two batters later, she scored on another RBI by Roth, this time via a single to centerfield.

Roth finished the game 2-for-3 with the two RBIs. Samantha Kimura (Fr., Placentia, Calif.) chipped in with a 2-for-3 game.

Inside the circle, starter Toni Hileman (Jr., Alliance, Ohio) and reliever Meaghan Robinson (Sr., Naples, Fla.) combined to limit the Spartans to just six hits and two runs. Hilemanss record improved to 5-17. Robinson recorded her first save of the season with three innings of shutout relief work. For the Spartans, Becky Gray (7-4) took the loss. In game two, MSU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, added another run in the top of the third and never looked back.

Chenevey paced the OSU offense with a 2-for-3 game.

MSUs Erica Strutz recorded the win and improved her record to 21-8. OSU starter Robinson (5-4) was charged with the loss. She pitched two innings and gave up one run. The day marked the first action for Robinson in a week. She is pitching with a stress fracture in her right rib cage and is available on a limited basis.

Tomorrow, the Buckeyes and Spartans will play the final game of the series at noon.