Junior Kasie Kelly
Feb. 17, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Ohio State softball team concluded competition at the JU Tournament with an 11-4 win against Stony Brook Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. The Buckeyes (7-3) posted a season-best 11-runs on 18 hits against the Seawolves (1-5) to finish the weekend with a 3-2 record.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by sophomore Taylor Watkins, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while senior Megan Coletta was 2-for-4 with a home run. Two Buckeye freshmen also had big days at the plate as Cammi Prantl went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base and Jayla Saibene was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Highlighting the offense's day was a six-run, five hit performance during the fifth inning. In the circle, junior Kasie Kelly improved to 2-0 in 2013, throwing four innings, allowing just one run with three strikeouts.
Ohio State began the morning with the first run of the contest in the top of the second. Coletta posted her second home run of the season when she knocked a lead-off solo shot over the left field wall to make it 1-0. Ohio State had a chance to add to its lead with runners on second and third, but a diving catch in short center field ended the chance.
Kelly worked her way out of jam in the bottom of the second with two runners in scoring position after she claimed her second strikeout and induced a soft line out to second base to keep it a 1-0 game in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. In the top of the third, Ohio State had runners on the corners after Carrillo sent a single down the right field line. However, Coletta lined into a double play at second to keep it a one-run contest vs. the Seawolves.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth after notching three runs on five hits. Prantl, Rennie and pinch hitter Danielle LeBeau began the momentum with three-consecutive singles. Watkins then sent a line drive to right field to score pinch runner Caitlin Conrad, while junior Melaina Saalfeld followed with an RBI single to right field to plate pinch runner Brittany Mills. Sophomore Maddy McIntyre then drove a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly to plate LeBeau to make it a four-run game.
In the bottom half, the Seawolves were able to plate one run when Combs posted a RBI double to left center to plate Hagerty. The Buckeyes closed out the inning when Saalfeld made a heads-up double play turn and throw to McIntyre on a line drive.
The big inning came during the top of the fifth when the Scarlet and Gray posted six runs on five hits as the squad batted around against Stony Brook. The scoring started when LeBeau walked, allowing Prantl to score, who led off the inning with a double. Watkins then made it 7-1 on a two-run single to right field to plate Gresham and Rennie, respectively. Saibene followed with her first-career extra base on a two-run double to score LeBeau and Watkins for the 9-1 advantage. McIntyre claimed the final RBI of the at-bat after she connected up the middle for a single, plating Saibene.
Stony Brook denied the run-rule win for the Buckeyes in the bottom half, plating two runs on an infield single and an OSU throwing error to make it 10-3. Ohio State scored its 11th run in the top of the seventh on a walk by Coletta with the bases loaded. Freshman Amanda Abbruzzese posted her first-career hit during the final inning.
Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols pitched the final three innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Ohio State will next travel to Palm Springs, Calif., for five games at the Mary Nutter Classic at Big League Dreams Park.