Buckeyes Blank Utah Valley, 8-0
Feb. 16, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Freshman Shelby Hursh pitched a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts as Ohio State (4-6) defeated Utah Valley, 8-0, to close out play on Sunday at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Hursh pitched Ohio State's first no hitter since Lindsay Bodeker against Eastern Michigan in 2009. The 12 strikeouts are the most in a game since Alex DiDomenico struck out 17 against Ohio last year (April 8).
Offensively, redshirt sophomore Erika Leonard went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Evelyn Carrillo also had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Freshman Anna Kirk, Leesa Gresham, Jayla Saibene also contributed RBIs.
After walking the first two batters of the game, Hursh settled in and struck out the next three to end the top of the first inning. Ohio State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on a RBI groundout from Leonard and single from Carrillo.
The Buckeyes broke the game open in the third inning with four runs on three hits. Cammi Prantl started it with a single to left field on a 3-2 pitch, and she later stole second to get into the scoring position. After a Caitlin Conrad walk and Leonard was hit by a pitch, Ohio State had the bases loaded for Carrillo, who walked. Kirk laced a RBI singled to right center, followed by a sacrifice fly by Gresham. The fourth run was tacked on thanks a double for Saibene.
Hursh got out of a jam in the bottom of the third after walking the first two batters. With runners on second and third with no outs, she struck out the side to preserve the no-hit shutout. In the fourth, Utah Valley once again had runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but Hursh struck out Megan Peavy and got Dara Rahm to ground out to third base.
The Buckeyes' two runs in the bottom of the sixth both came via Leonard, who singled to score Prantl and later stole home to end the game.
Over the five-game Easton Desert Classic, Carrillo was Ohio State's top hitter with a .615 average (eight hits, three doubles and seven RBIs). Prantl followed that with a .500 average (6-for-12, two RBIs, one double, one home run). Kirk drove in eight runs and hit .308 for the weekend.
Ohio State is off next weekend and returns to action when it travels to Kissimmee, Fla. for the Diamond 9 Cirtus Classic Feb. 28-March 2.