Junior Kasie Kelly
Feb. 23, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The Ohio State softball team split day two at the 2013 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Saturday, defeating Cal Poly, 12-1, in six innings in game one before falling to San Diego State, 5-0, in game two at Big League Dreams Park in Palm Springs, Calif.
Game One: Ohio State 12, Cal Poly 1 (Six Innings)
The Buckeye bats notched 12 runs on 15 hits vs. Caly Poly in game one, plating a pair of runs in both the first and second, innings, while tallying a season-high seven runs in the sixth inning. Junior pitcher Kasie Kelly improved to 3-0 overall, throwing four innings limiting the CP bats to just one run, while scattering seven hits in the contest.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by sophomore Caitlin Conrad, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, a run scored and three RBI, while junior Evelyn Carrillo was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Junior Leesa Gresham had another solid outing at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI, while sophomore Taylor Watkins and junior Melissa Rennie each had a pair of runs and two hits, respectively.
Ohio State got off to a great start vs. the Mustangs, plating two runs on three hits vs. starter CP starter Jordan Yates. Watkins scored following an RBI double by sophomore Maddy McIntyre, who connected a on a 3-2 pitch to left center field. The Scarlet and Gray added to their lead after Carrillo extended her hands and placed an RBI single to left center, scoring McIntyre to make it 2-0.
In the top of the second, Ohio State took a 4-0 advantage when Conrad crushed a two-run home run over the left-field wall. The long ball was the first of the season for Conrad. Rennie scored on the play after reaching base following an infield single. Cal Poly then made a pitching change as Nicole Innamorato replaced Yates in the circle.
The Buckeyes made it 5-0 in the third following a two-out RBI single by Pickett through the left side. The scoring chance started after Gresham laced a line drive to right field for a one-out single. Senior Alyson Mott then came into pinch run for Gresham and advanced to third base after a groundout and wild pitch.
The Mustangs scored a run in the bottom half following a two-out single to center field by Kim Westlund. But that would be the only run for Cal Poly as Kelly ended the third when she induced a fly out to right field.
In the bottom of the fourth with a runner on second, Conrad rocketed a perfect one-hop throw into Rennie at the plate who put the tag down for the final out of the inning and keep it a 5-1 contest.
Ohio State left the bases loaded in the fifth after Innamorato claimed a strikeout on an off-speed pitch. Gresham doubled in the inning.
The Mustangs began the bottom half with two-consecutive singles to end Kelly's day as O'Reilly came into the circle with no down and runners on first and second. After the bases were loaded following a fielding error, Coletta made a key heads-up double play after tagging out the runner on third before touching the bag for the first two outs. Pickett then made the final out of the fifth with an over the shoulder grab behind first base.
In the sixth, the Scarlet and Gray notched seven runs on seven hits to help claim the run-rule victory vs. the Mustangs.
After Conrad began the inning with a lead-off double, the Buckeyes had runners on the corners and no down when Watkins placed a perfectly placed bunt in front of the plate for an infield single. However, Cal Poly cut the runner down at the plate following a fielder's choice by Coletta.
But the Buckeyes would then bat around in the lineup to take a 12-1 lead. Carrillo began the charge with a two-run single to left field, plating McIntyre and Coletta. Prantl and Gresham then each doubled to make it 9-1 in favor of the Buckeyes. Rennie made it a ten-run lead after she single to center, allowing Prantl to cross the plate. Conrad followed with her second hit of the inning to plate Rennie for to mark the seventh run of the inning.
Overall, Ohio State outhit Cal Poly, 15-8. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O'Reilly threw the last two innings, allowing no runs on one hit with a strikeout.
Game Two: San Diego State 5, Ohio State 0 (Final)
San Diego State plated two runs in both the first and third innings, respectively, and added a final run in the fourth en route to the win. SDSU pitcher Danielle O'Toole limited the Buckeye bats to three hits with two walks and three strikeouts to improve to 2-3 overall, while Alex DiDomenico received her first loss of 2013 to fall to 4-1, throwing 3.1 innings, allowing eight hits on three earned runs with four strikeouts.
The Aztecs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after Lorena Bauer knocked an RBI single through the right side. With runners then on the corners, SDSU scored its second run following a stolen base and OSU throwing error. The one earned run was the first allowed by DiDomenico in more than 20 innings pitched and just the second overall.
SDSU extended its lead to 4-0 following RBI singles by Bauer and Kristin May, respectively. The Aztecs left the bases loaded after DiDomenico claimed her third strikeout of the contest to the top half of the third.
After the Buckeyes stranded a runner in the bottom of the, San Diego State continued its momentum at the plate, pushing its lead to five runs following an RBI single by Kamerin May through the right side of the infield. The Buckeyes then made a pitching change as Melanie Nichols relieved DiDomenico in the circle. The redshirt junior did her job getting the Buckeyes out of the jam with no additional damage after claiming a strikeout and groundout. Nichols limited the SDSU bats to one hit in 3.2 innings pitched, while striking out two SDSU batters in a no decision contest.
In the bottom half, Carrillo notched a one-out single to right center and was then pinch ran for by Mott. However, O'Toole continued to focus in on the hitters and got back-to-back outs after Gresham flew out to left and Prantl struck out swinging. O'Toole limited OSU to just two hits through the first four innings. Pickett was able to double in the fifth inning, but the Buckeyes had no runs to show for in their final nine outs.
San Diego State outhit the Buckeyes, 9-3.
Ohio State concludes action at the 2013 MNCC at 9 a.m. Sunday vs. Utah at Big League Dreams Park.
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