FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 16/19 Ohio State split its final day at the Louisville Slugger Invitational. Sunday started with an 11-0 five-inning setback to No. 3 UCLA before the Buckeyes bounced back with a 3-1 triumph over Cal State Fullerton in the nightcap. Ohio State moves to 14-2 on the season.
Game One: UCLA 11, Ohio State 0 (5 inn.)
The Bruins scored in the opening frame on a sac fly to centerfield and tacked on a pair of runs in the second on a two-shot home run by Briana Perez.
UCLA broke the game open in the top of the fifth with eight runs on three hits. Three walks, a hit by pitch, wild pitch and two RBI singles accounted for the runs.
Ohio State was held to two hits by senior pitcher Selina Ta’amilo, who gave up singles to Bailee Sturgeon and Kallie Boren. For the Buckeyes, Shelby McCombs (5-1) started the game and allowed five hits over 4.2 innings with two strikeouts.
Game Two: Ohio State 3, Cal State Fullerton 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
Picking up where they left off a day prior, the Titans started the bottom of the first with a runner on second. An RBI single down the right field line put CSUF on the board early.
Ohio State responded in the third after White singled and Niki Carver reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. Up next, Piper doubled to right center to send White in and tie the game. Emily Clark came behind her with a sac fly to help Carver scamper home for the lead, 2-1.
Piper provided some insurance and went the distance for the ninth time this season when she stepped up and blasted the ball over left field in the fifth.
Morgan Ray tossed her fifth complete game of the season on her way to her ninth win. She gave up four hits and one run (unearned). Ray fanned five batters and surrendered just one extra-base hit.
The Buckeyes will have a day to rest before heading to Loyola Marymount for a doubleheader on Tuesday, Mar. 13. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET.