Feb. 25, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The Ohio State softball team posted a seven-run fourth inning to claim a 9-0 victory in five innings against Cal State Fullerton Saturday night in game three at the 2012 Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
"I thought we were due for a big inning and we had one tonight," head coach Linda Kalafatis said. "We are continuing to grow as a team and it's fun to see our kids perform well and pick each other up. Our dugout had great energy and there are kids in there that will take advantage of their opportunities as well for us this season."
Offensively, Ohio State was led by senior Vanessa Spears, sophomore Evelyn Carrillo, junior Danielle LeBeau, senior Alicia Herron and junior Megan Coletta. Spears and Carrillo both claimed two hits and two RBI, LeBeau was 2-for-2 with a walk, two hits and an RBI, Herron went 1-for-2 with an RBI, walk and a triple and Coletta went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Senior Katie Simonton also claimed two hits. In all, eight different Buckeyes posted hits, while seven different members plated runs.
Senior pitcher Mikayla Endicottcontinued to cruise in the circle to improve to 5-3 overall in 2012, throwing 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on three hits, while striking out three CSF batters.
Ohio State took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Herron posted the Buckeyes first run of the evening with an RBI triple off the right field wall scoring freshman Taylor Watkins. The hit was Herron's third triple of 2012. LeBeau continued the OSU momentum when she followed with a line drive to center field, allowing Herron to cross the plate to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Herron launched a deep fly ball to left field, but was robbed of a home run when CSF left field Leesa Harris charged through the wall, while holding on to the softball to claim the out.
The Scarlet and Gray showed great defense of its own in the top of the fourth when Spears claimed the second out after firing the ball to the plate following a Titan single. Freshman catcher Shelby Pickett finished off the great play with a solid tag at the plate to maintain the shutout.
The big inning for Ohio State came in the bottom of the fourth, plating seven runs to help claim the team's first run-rule win of 2012.
With the bases loaded, Watkins was hit by a pitch to score Coletta to make it 3-0. Spears then blasted a single up the middle for a two-RBI play as Simonton and Pickett claimed runs for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes then ran a beautiful double steal to perfection followed by a heads-up play by lead-off hitter Watkins, who scored from third on throw.
After Herron walked, LeBeau singled to the pitcher to load the bases for the second time. Carrillo then made it 8-0 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray with a two-run single through the left side on a 2-2 pitch. After the Buckeyes batted around, Coletta claimed the team's ninth run when she sent a two-out RBI line drive to center field to score LeBeau.
Each of the first 10 OSU batters reach based safely before Cal State Fullerton claimed an out. In all, the Buckeyes collected six hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches with one CSF error during the big offensive inning.
Ohio State concludes action at the 2012 Cathedral City Classic at 9 a.m. PT Sunday against Colorado State.
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