Junior Melissa Rennie
March 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team defeated Towson, 8-6, Thursday afternoon at Tiger Softball Complex in Towson, Md. The Buckeyes (13-8, 0-0 Big Ten) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held off a six-run rally by the Tigers to claim the win. Ohio State scored three runs in the first, four runs in the third and a final run in the seventh inning in the contest.
Junior Melissa Rennie posted her first long ball of the year with a three-run home run, while classmate Leesa Gresham had a solo home run vs. the Tigers. Sophomore Shelby Pickett was 3-for-3 with three RBI, while junior Evelyn Carrillo was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols improved to 1-1 overall in 2013, throwing 4.2 innings, allowing 10 hits, five earned runs, one walk with three strikeouts. Junior Audrey Plant posted 2.1 innings of relief work, allowing just one hit with no runs and two strikeouts. With her performance, Plant claimed her first save of her career.
Ohio State took a 3-0 lead in the first at bat when junior Evelyn Carrillo singled to right field to score sophomore Taylor Watkins, who started the inning with a walk. Pickett then singled to the pitcher, scoring both Carrillo and freshman Cammi Prantl to make it a three-run contest.
In the top of the third, the Buckeyes crushed two home runs to take a commanding 7-0 lead vs. the Tigers. Gresham posted her fourth home run of the year when she lead off the inning with a solo shot to left field. Rennie then followed with a three-run bomb to left field to score both sophomore Maddy McIntyre and freshman Jesse Machovina. Carrillo singled to centerfield, while McIntyre walked to start the rally.
The Tigers fought back, posting a run in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to make it a one-run game. The five-run inning by Towson was highlighted by two, two-run doubles to make the Buckeye relieve Nichols in the circle with junior Audrey Plant, who made her second appearance in the circle in 2013. Plant finished the game on a strong note retiring claiming seven-consecutive outs to claim her first career save.
Overall, Ohio State outhit Towson, 13-11.
The Buckeyes will now travel to Fairfax, Va., for the 2013 Cherry Blossom Invitational Friday-Sunday hosted by George Mason University. Ohio State faces Pitt at 2:30 p.m. before taking on George Mason at 7 p.m. Friday.
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