LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 17/18 Ohio State picked up a pair of wins on Tuesday afternoon when it swept its doubleheader at Loyola Marymount. The Buckeyes opened the matchup with a 2-1 victory in eight innings before closing the series on a 7-0 shutout. OSU is now 16-2 on the season.
Game One: Ohio State 2, Loyola Marymount 1 (8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Morgan Ray pitched eight innings of five-hit, one-run ball with five strikeouts. She earned her 10th win, the most in a single season for the right-handed pitcher.
It took until the second half of the game for things to heat up. Coming in as a pinch hitter, Andi Farrah had a hard double to the centerfield wall for her first hit of the season in the top of the fifth. Taylor White kept the momentum going with a strong triple to right center to put OSU on the board, 1-0.
The Buckeyes stepped up on defense as Lilli Piper recorded a double play all by herself in the bottom of the fifth on a pop up and tag, sending the Lions to their dugout.
LMU came through late in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third, an RBI single by Molly Grumbo brought the game to 1-1.
The Buckeyes were able to hold the Lions to one run as the teams headed into extra innings. With one out, Emily Clark homered over the left field wall to snap the tie and lift the Buckeyes to victory, 2-1.
Game Two: Ohio State 7, Loyola Marymount 0
COUNTING THE RUNS
Piper left the yard for the 10th time this season as she quickly pounced on the Lions in the opening frame. Bailee Sturgeon reached on an error by the catcher before Piper sent the ball over right field on a two-run homer.
Once again, Farrah got the offense going thanks to a single up the middle. Next up, Becca Gavin powered her first home run of the season, a two-run shot, beyond the left field wall.
Megan McMenemy showed patience at the plate for a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. Looking at two outs, White and Sturgeon had back-to-back RBI doubles to tack on two runs.
In the sixth, Farrah knocked a sac fly to plate Clark and open the gap to 7-0.
IN THE CIRCLE
McCombs (6-1) started the game and spent four innings in the circle. She gave up one hit and fanned three batters. Kat Duvall allowed one hit and had two strikeouts in three innings of relief.
The Buckeyes will visit CSUN for a midweek outing on Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET.