March 13, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team fell at George Washington, 8-4, Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. at GW-Mount Vernon Athletics Facility. Despite outhitting the Colonials, 8-3, the Buckeyes could not come back from a five-run rally by the Colonials in the bottom of the sixth to fall to 12-8 overall in 2013.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by sophomore Caitlin Conrad, who went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI. Classmate Taylor Watkins was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while sophomore Maddy McIntyre, freshmen Cammi Pranlt and Jayla Saibene each scored runs. Down 3-0, Ohio State plated two runs in the fourth and one run in both the fifth and sixth, respectively.
After the Colonials took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second, the Buckeyes had a golden opportunity to get on the board with the bases and loaded and nobody, but could not push any runs across the plate against George Washington starter Courtney Martin. Conrad, who singled in the inning, was thrown out at the plate with the bases loaded on a fielder’s choice by classmate Shelby Pickett. Martin then induced back-to-back fly outs to end the top half of the third.
Ohio State cut its deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fourth when Conrad doubled to center field to score sophomore Maddy McIntyre and freshman Cammi Prantl. Both McIntyre and Prantl singled in the inning.
Carrillo then tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the fifth after doubling down the right field line to score freshman Jayla Saibene, who reached base to begin the inning on a fielding error.
The Buckeyes then continued its momentum in the sixth when Watkins gave her squad a 4-3 lead on an RBI single, scoring Watkins. Conrad claimed her third hit of the afternoon to begin the at bat for the Scarlet and Gray. The three hits ties Conrad’s career high in a single game.
However, George Washington rebounded with a five-run sixth inning en route to the win. The Colonials tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the sixth when Forgarty singled through the left side to score Del Prete against OSU relief pitcher Olivia O’Reilly. The Colonials then came up with the big hit when Gray homered to left field for a grand slam.
Junior Kasie Kelly started the game for Ohio State and received a no decision, throwing 1.0 inning, allowing no hits, three runs and three walks. Sophomore Alex DiDomenico fell to 5-2 in 2013 after throwing 4.1 innings of relief work, allowing three runs, one hit, four strikeouts and eight walks. Sophomore Olivia O’Reilly threw 0.2 innings, allowing two hits, two runs with a strikeout.
The Buckeyes continue their spring break schedule at Towson at 2 p.m. ET Thursday in Towson, Md.