March 4, 2012
Orlando, Florida -
The Ohio State softball team dropped a 3-1 extra-inning contest to Notre Dame at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida, Saturday evening.
Notre Dame 3, Ohio State 1 The Buckeyes played in extra innings for the first time in 2012 after being tied with Notre Dame, 1-1, for the majority of the contest.
The Scarlet and Gray got on the board first after junior designated player Danielle LeBeau punched an RBI single through the left side, scoring senior tri-captain Alicia Herron. LeBeau, a native of Poway, Calif., now has 11 RBI on the season.
The Irish answered in the third inning to tie the game, 1-1, when Thorton posted and RBI single against Buckeye starter Mikayla Endicott to score Torres.
The score then remained tied for the next four innings to force extra innings. Endicott retired 11 of the 12 batters she faced from the third through the seventh inning against Notre Dame. However, with the international tiebreaker in effect, the Irish scored two runs following an RBI single by Thorton and a sacrifice fly by Buntin in the top half of the inning en route to the 3-1 victory.
Endicott falls to 7-4 overall despite throwing a season-high 10 strikeouts in eight innings of work. The loss vs. the Irish snaps a four-game win streak for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes conclude the weekend against Pitt at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.