May 1, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Behind a record-tying performance by Katie Chain in the pitching circle, the Ohio State softball team (43-16 overall, 12-6 in the Big Ten) swept a doubleheader from Wright State with a 3-0 win in game-two of a doubleheader at Buckeye Field.
Chain allowed just two hits and struck out nine to claim her tenth shutout of the season, tying her with Genice Turley (1994) for the most shutouts thrown in a season.
“Katie is running on all cylinders right now,” Linda Kalafatis, OSU head coach, said. “She gave us another strong outing today. When she is on, she doesn’t allow much offensively.”
OSU managed four hits off Kristin Bulitinck, but translated the hits into runs. Bulitinck falls to 7-6 this season.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Stacy Roth (So., Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) drew a walk. She advanced to second on a single to center field by Sarah West (Jr., Galloway, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) and then scored on a single to center field by Chrissy Fowler (Jr., Utica, Ohio/Wright State).
In the third inning Wendy Allen (Fr., Moreno Valley, Calif./Moreno Valley) smacked a home run that hit the right field foul pole.
Unaware that the ball had hit the pole and not the fence, Allen was trying to leg out a triple before Kalafatis informed Allen she had hit a home run.
“I was getting ready to slide into third when I saw coach (Kalafatis) laughing and waving me home,” Allen said. “She told me I had hit my first home run.”
Jenn Link (So., Yorba Linda, Calif./Sonora) scored Holly English (Sr., Akron, Ohio/Springfield from second base with a single to center field in the fourth inning. English had reached base on a fielder’s choice. Chain never let up and the three-run cushion was more than enough.
The Buckeyes travel to Akron, Ohio, tomorrow to face the Akron Zips at 7 p.m. in Firestone Stadium.