Buckeyes Win a Pair to Open Easton Desert Classic
Feb. 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freshman Anna Kirk hit a pair of home runs as the Ohio State softball team erupted for 19 runs and 21 hits on the opening day of the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Game One: Ohio State 9, Cal State Northridge 0
The Buckeyes scored twice in the first and second innings, highlighted by a two-run home run from Prantl in the second. In the fourth, Kirk’s two-run home run cleared the left field fence. Junior pitcher Alex DiDomenico went five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six to earn her second win of the season.
Game Two: Ohio State 10, Long Beach State 8
Evelyn Carrillo went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in to pace the Buckeye offense, which also received contributions from Erika Leonard (2-for-4, two RBI) and Conrad (3-for-4, two RBI, three runs scored).
Ohio State went ahead for good with five runs in the fifth inning, keyed by a three-run home run to center field from Kirk. The Buckeyes tacked on two important insurance runs in the sixth inning when Carrillo doubled down the left field line and Conrad laced an RBI double to right center field.
In the seventh, Long Beach State hit a solo home run to make the score 10-8 and notched a double with two outs to keep its hopes alive. The next batter singled up the middle and the runner tried to score from second but was thrown out by Watkins to end the game.
Ohio State returns to action tomorrow when it faces No. 1 Florida at noon EST and No. 10 Oregon at 4:30 EST.