Ohio State Falls, 4-2, vs. Purdue
March 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team dropped game one, 4-2, of a three-game series vs. Purdue Friday afternoon at Buckeye Field. The series was moved to Columbus due to unplayable field conditions in West Lafayette, Ind.
After the Buckeyes went in order in the top of the first, Purdue scored two runs vs. Ohio State starting pitcher Alex DiDomenico, who walked the bases loaded to begin the contest. The Boilermakers made it 1-0 following a walk to Maia Moncheck and then extended its lead to 2-0 following an Ohio State throw to home plate was offline, allowing Lindsey Rains to score from third. DiDomenico limited the damage to end the first after inducing a force out at second base.
Purdue then made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second when Rains sent a double off the wall in center to end DiDomenico’s day in the circle. Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols came in for relief work with one down. The Boilermakers added a second run in the second when Andie Varsho sent a single up the middle. Nichols stranded two on base following a strikeout.
Ohio State got on the board in the top of the third when freshman Cammi Prantl boasted a sac fly to left field to score junior Melissa Rennie, who reached base on a Purdue fielding error. Prantl now has 15 RBI in 2013.
The Buckeyes cut their deficit to 4-2 in the following frame when sophomore Shelby Pickett pulled a two-out single down the left field line to score pinch runner Alyson Mott, who sprinted around the bag from second base to tally her 11th run of the year.
In the bottom half, Nichols got out of two bases loaded jams vs. the Boilermakers. Pickett claimed a double play on a line out when she snagged a ball at second and threw across the diamond to Coletta at third, catching the runner off the bag. Nichols then induced a pop up to McIntyre to end the inning and maintain the score at 4-2. Coletta made a great diving stop in the following inning to throw down a runner from her knees at second base to end a Purdue scoring chance.
Ohio State could not find any momentum in the final three innings at the plate as Purdue starter Lexy Moore retired the last nine batters she faced to claim the victory.
Overall, Purdue outhit the Buckeyes, 8-3.