April 11, 1999
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (11-20 overall, 1-7 in Big Ten) and the No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes (25-14-1 overall, 2-4 in Big Ten) when blow-for-blow for eight innings. The two schools combined for 15 runs, 22 hits and five home runs. But with two outs, in the bottom of the eighth inning, OSUs Katie Wessedorf (So., Waterville, Ohio) drove home the winning run with a single to right-centerfield. The win ends a seven-game skid for OSU.
“This was a classic battle between two teams that did not want to lose,” head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “We made the adjustments when we needed to and we fought our way through this game. Iowa came to play but so did we.”
The Buckeyes entered the eighth inning down 7-6. Stacy Roth (Fr., Wauseon, Ohio) led off with a walk. She advanced to second two batters later off a wild pitch by Iowa pitcher Kristi Hanks. The Hawkeyes then removed Hanks from the game and inserted Kelly Zeilstra to face Samantha Kimura (Fr., Placentia, Calif.). Two pitches later, Kimura drilled a single to centerfield to score Roth and tie the game at seven. The next batter Renae Weigel (Jr., Coldwater, Ohio) immediately sacrificed Kimura to second to put OSU in a position to win the game. Jenn Elwell (Fr., Dearborn Heights, Mich.) was then inserted to run for Kimura to set up Wessendorf’s heroics.
Inside the circle, Kimura improved her record to 3-0 with three innings of relief work. Starter Toni Hileman (Jr., Alliance, Ohio) pitched the first five innings and gave up five runs (four earned) and struckout two.
Zielstra’s record falls to 11-6 on the year.
On the offensive side of the ball, four Buckeyes drove in all eight runs. Roth finished the day going 1-for-3 with three runs batted in and her second home run of the season. Kimura went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Weigel finished the day with her third home run of the season to cap off a 1-for-3, two RBI performance. Wessendorf (1-for-3) chipped in with the game-winning RBI.
On Tuesday, the Buckeyes will play host to Bowling Green in a doubleheader at 3 p.m.