March 16, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team swept day two at the Cherry Blossom Classic Saturday, shutting out Canisius, 8-0, in six innings in game one before defeating George Mason, 5-2, in game two in Fairfax, Va. The Buckeyes (17-8) improve to 4-0 at the classic and will conclude their spring break trip at 12:15 p.m. ET Sunday vs. Pittsburgh.
Game One: Canisius 0, Ohio State 8 (Six Innings)
For the second-consecutive outing, sophomore Alex DiDomenico claimed a complete-game shutout victory vs. Canisius as the Buckeyes won 8-0 in six innings in game three at the Cherry Blossom Classic. DiDomenico now has four complete game shutout wins in 2013 after allowing just one hit in six innings of work with three strikeouts.
Offensively, Ohio State continued its momentum at the plate, collecting 13 hits vs. the Golden Griffins. Junior Leesa Gresham posted her seventh multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore shortstop Maddy McIntyre had a double and two RBI, while freshman Cammi Prantl notched a pair of singles with two runs scored.
Ohio State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first when sophomore Taylor Watkins posted her fifth double of the season to center field vs. Canisius starter Corinne Schaus. Gresham then singled to left center to plate Watkins for the first run of the game. Gresham now has had five multi-RBI games in 2013. McIntyre then doubled to center field on a 2-2 count to plate Gresham.
In the circle, DiDomenico began the contest retiring nine of the first 10 batters she faced and limited Canisius to just one runner in scoring position in the sixth inning.
Ohio State went ahead, 3-0, in the bottom of the fourth when Watkins flied out to left field for a sacrifice, scoring pinch runner Jesse Machovina. Senior Megan Coletta opened the at bat with a single up the middle and was then ran for by Machovina.
The Buckeyes extended the score to a 5-0 contest with two runs in the bottom of the fifth as the squad notched four-consecutive singles to begin the at bat. Prantl, Gresham and Carrillo each singled to load the bases with no outs. McIntyre then singled up the middle, while sophomore Shelby Pickett reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing pinch runner Brittany Mills to cross the plate.
After DiDomenico left two on base in the top of the sixth, Ohio State earned its fifth run-rule win of the season after crossing the plate three times in the bottom half. The Scarlet and Gray scored their sixth run when Gresham singled to shotstop to push Watkins across the plate. Pinch hitter Jayla Sabiene then connected on a 2-2 pitch for a two-run single to make it the 8-0 final score.
Overall, Ohio State outhit Canisius, 13-1.
Game Two: George Mason 2, Ohio State 5
Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols claimed her second win of the season after helping Ohio State defeat George Mason, 5-2, in game four in Fairfax, Va. Nichols, a native of San Jacinto, Calif., threw 5.1 innings, limiting the Patriots to three hits, two runs with four strikeouts.
Leesa Gresham had another big hit at the classic, posting a two-run home run, while Cammi Prantl went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Junior Melissa Rennie was 2-for-3 with a run scored vs. the Patriots.
Gresham posted her second home run of the classic to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Watkins lead off the day with a double. Nichols got off to a great start, retiring the first six batters in order vs. the Patriots.
In the third inning, the Scarlet and Gray pushed their lead to five runs against George Mason. With the bases loaded, junior Melaina Saalfeld reached safely on an error by the GMU third baseman, allowing both Rennie and pinch runner Amanda Abbruzzese to score runs. With two down, Prantl then singled to left center to score Coletta to make it 5-0.
The Patriots scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth after Blankenship doubled down the left field line with one down. Ohio State then made a pitching change, replacing Nichols with junior Audrey Plant, who put down two-consecutive batters to end the GMU at bat.
Plant, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, pitched the final 1.2 innings of the contest, limiting the GMU at bats to one hit and no runs with a strikeout.
Overall, Ohio State outhit the Patriots, 8-4.
The Buckeyes wrap up competition at the Cherry Blossom Classic with a contest vs. Pitt at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
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