March 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the 2012 home opener, the Ohio State softball team split a doubleheader against Indiana Saturday at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (15-11, 1-1 Big Ten) won, 4-3, in eight innings in game one before falling, 4-1, in game two against the Hoosiers.
The Scarlet and Gray wrap up their first conference series of the season at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Game One: Indiana 3, Ohio State 4 (8 Innings)
In game, sophomore Evelyn Carrillo gave the Buckeyes the 4-3 victory after posting the gamewinning hit on an RBI double off the left center wall, scoring senior captain Alicia Herron from second base. Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calilf., now has nine 10 RBI this season.
The Buckeyes posted three runs in the third inning before Indiana fought back to tie the game, 3-3, after plating a pair runs in the fifth and a third run in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. Herron notched a two-run home run to extend her hit streak to 15-consecutive games. The OSU shortstop also reached base for the 20th-consecutive game.
Senior Vanessa Spears went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored, while freshman Taylor Watkins also notched two hits. In the circle, senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott improved to 9-7 overall after throwing eight innings, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts and no walks.
After the first two innings went scoreless, the Buckeyes started a two-out rally in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs against starting pitcher Lora Olson. After Watkins singled, Spears connected on the first pitch for a double to left center, scoring Watkins from first base. Herron then followed with her ninth home run of the season when she sent a high fly ball over the right field wall to make it 3-0. With the long ball, Herron passes former Buckeye Courtney Pruner (2006-10) for third on the program's career RBI list with 159.
The Hoosiers claimed their first hit in the top of the fifth when Jenna Abraham doubled to left field. Indiana then rallied to score two runs on a two-out, two-run single by Kelsey Brannon to cut the OSU lead to 3-2. In the top of the seventh after Endicott recorded the second out on a strikeout, Amanda Wagner tied the game, 3-3, on an RBI double to left field, scoring Abraham.
Ohio State outhit the Hoosiers, 9-6, in game one.
Game Two: Indiana 4, Ohio State 1
After the Hoosiers posted three runs in the top of the second, Ohio State scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the inning when Watkins singled through the right side, scoring freshman catcher Shelby Pickett.
The Hoosiers made it 4-1, the eventual final score, in the top of the fifth after capitalizing on two errors by the Buckeye defense.
Sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols received the loss to fall to 5-4 overall, throwing seven innings, allowing one earned run, nine hits and four strikeouts.
Freshman Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3 at the plate to claim her second multi-hit game of the season, while Carrillo also notched two hits.
Overall, the Buckeyes collected eight hits, while Indiana posted nine hits. Both teams left 11 runners on base in the game.
Humphrey Highlights | Taylor White