Sophomore Maddy McIntyre
March 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Highlighted by an eight-run fourth inning, the Ohio State softball team shut out Pitt, 9-0, in five innings Sunday afternoon in Fairfax, Va. The Buckeyes (18-8, 0-0 Big Ten) conclude the Cherry Blossom Classic with a 5-0 record, outscoring their opponents, 36-2, during the weekend to conclude the tournament schedule. Overall, the squad notched four shutouts at the classic.
Sophomore Olivia O’Reilly had another solid performance in the circle, throwing five innings while allowing just one hit, no runs with nine strikeouts. O’Reilly improves to 6-4 overall after going 2-0 during the weekend, allowing no runs with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings of work.
Offensively, Ohio State was led by sophomore Maddy McIntyre, who posted a home run, three RBI and a run scored and freshman Cammi Prantl, who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Shelby Pickett notched a triple and a run scored, while senior Megan Coletta had a double vs. the Panthers.
The Scarlet and Gray notched eight runs after capitalizing on five Pitt errors. Prantl and Carrillo both reached base safely to begin the inning after two fielding errors. Prantl scored on Carrillo’s play after a sac bunt and error at second base to make it 1-0. McIntyre then posted a three-run home run to left center, scoring pinch runner Alyson Mott and junior Leesa Gresham. McIntyre now has 18 RBI in 2013.
Ohio State made it 5-0 when Conrad reached on an error by the pitcher, allowing junior Melissa Rennie to score, who reached base earlier following a throwing error by the Pitt shortstop. The Buckeyes then pushed the score to 6-0 after pinch runner Brittany Mills scored on a wild pitch. Ohio State then batted around when Prantl singled down the right field line to plate sophomore Caitlin Conrad. Carrillo notched an RBI single to center to score Prantl to give OSU an 8-0 lead.
Ohio State claimed its ninth run of the contest when pinch hitter Jayla Saibene sent a 3-2 pitch up the middle for an RBI single to score Pickett, who tripled to right center to start the top of the fifth. O’Reilly closed the door on the Panthers in the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back strikeouts to claim the run-rule win.
Overall, Ohio State outhit Pitt, 9-1.
The Buckeyes open the home and Big Ten schedule next weekend hosting Indiana March 22-24 in Columbus. The Buckeyes will first play the Hoosiers at 3 p.m. Friday. Ohio State returns to action with a game at 3 p.m. Saturday before concluding the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Each game vs. the Hoosiers will be streamed on BTN.com.
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