Feb. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team concluded a great opening weekend with a 4-3 extra inning victory vs. Winthrop Sunday afternoon at the Sixth Annual Red and Black Showcase in Athens, Ga. The Buckeyes (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) claimed their third-consecutive win in the bottom of the eighth inning on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded against the Eagles (1-2).
With the win against Winthrop, Ohio State was named tournament champions at the Red and Black Showcase, posting a 4-1 record at Jack Turner Stadium. The team upset No. 8 Georgia, 5-4, in extra innings Saturday night to mark the first win against the Bulldogs in program history.
"The best thing about this week is seeing the team compete to win," first-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. "Now with one weekend in the books, we now have a better idea on things we need to work on as a group."
With the bases loaded and two down, sophomore Maddy McIntyre was hit by a pitch to allow freshman Cammi Prantl to score the gamewinning run. Prantl, a native of Ashville, Ohio, began the rally when she was hit by a pitch and stole second base. The bases were then juiced after sophomore Taylor Watkins posted an infield single followed by Megan Coletta who also was hit by a pitch.
Offensively, Prantl has scored both gamewinning, extra-inning runs for the Buckeyes this weekend after scoring the final run in the eight-inning contest vs. the Bulldogs last night. She was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, walk and a team-best three stolen bases. McIntyre collected a run scored and double, while sophomore Caitlin Conrad had a double, run scored and RBI.
Sophomore Olivia O'Reilly picked up the victory to improve to 2-0 in 2013. She threw the final two innings allowing no runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore Alex DiDomenico started for the Buckeyes, throwing four innings with five hits, one run and four strikeouts.
After Winthrop took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, the Scarlet and Gray rebounded with two runs in the bottom half. Conrad collected a one-out double to plate pinch runner Alyson Mott for the first run and then crossed the plate herself following a passed ball to make it 2-1.
Ohio State added a third run in the third when McIntyre, who doubled to left field, scored following a Winthrop fielding error. The Eagles were able to tie the game, 3-3, when they scored one run in both the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Winthrop left 11 runners on base, including three in the top of the fourth when DiDomenico ended the threat with a strikeout. O'Reilly left two Eagles on base in the top of the seventh also with a strikeout.
Overall, the Buckeyes collected six hits vs. Winthrop.
Ohio State continues the tournament season next weekend with five games in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 15-17.