April 21, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team took one against the visiting Minnesota Gophers today, falling in the first game, 8-2, but winning the second game, 9-1, at Buckeye Field. Ohio State pounded out 12 hits against the Gophers in the second game to split the series. Kristine Himes led the Buckeye contigent, going 2-for-3 and notching her seventh home run of the season to break the Ohio State single-season record for HR’s.
Minnesota lead off the first inning with a 1-0 lead, however the Buckeyes rallied back in the bottom of the inning as Rogeanna Hottinger tripled to score Jennifer Link and Stacy Roth.
Minnesota came back strong in the top of third, notching four runs off four hits to take the lead, 5-2.
The Gophers would pull away with the win as Shelly Nichols homered to leftfield in the top of the fifth inning.
Angie Recknor completed the game for the win, giving up only two runs, one walk and striking out five. For the Buckeyes, Toni Hileman fell to 5-7 for the season, after giving up five runs, three walks and striking out one in two innings of play. Reliever Jenn Elwell did not fair any better, notching three earned runs and striking out one in five innings played.
The Buckeyes and the Gophers were tied, 1-1, for three innings. Then the Buckeyes went on a roll, blasting 10 hits for eight runs in the last three innings.
Holly English broke the tie in the top of the fourth inning when she singled to centerfield to score Sarah West. Ohio State followed again in the next inning, when Kristine Himes led off with a solo homer to centerfield. Stacy Roth and English both posted two-RBI singles to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead. The Buckeyes added three more runs off a Hottinger double and a Minnesota error for the 9-1 victory.
Inside the circle, Katie Chain posted her ninth win of the season, pitching six innings, giving up one one run and striking out seven. Recknor posted her 22nd loss of the season for the Gophers.
Ohio State will take on Wisconsin tomorrow at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. in a two-game series.