March 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team fell short, 8-7, in nine innings vs. Purdue Saturday in game two of a three-game series at Buckeye Field. Down 6-2, the Buckeyes fought back and posted a five-run seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead as the designated away team. However, the Boilermakers (13-18, 2-3 Big Ten) were able to tie the game with a run in the bottom half and claimed the gamewinning run in the bottom of the ninth to earn the series win vs. the Buckeyes (20-11, 2-3 Big Ten).
Offensively, Ohio State was led by freshman Cammi Prantl, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while sophomore Taylor Watkins was 2-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a double. Sophomore Caitlin Conrad was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while junior Evelyn Carrillo and sophomore Maddy McIntyre both had doubles.
In the top of the seventh with two down, the Buckeyes gave a valiant effort and boasted five runs vs. the Boilermakers. Carrillo and McIntyre both doubled to begin the big rally to put runners on second and third with two down. Conrad then came up with the first clutch hit, sending a single to right center to score two runs to make it a 6-4 game. Watkins followed with a double down the left field line on a 3-0 count to score Rennie to cut the deficit to one run. The Scarlet and Gray then took its first lead of the game when Prantl connected with a pitch up the middle to plate both Conrad and Watkins, respectively, and make it a 7-6 game in favor of the Buckeyes.
But the Boilermakers tied the game, 7-7, in the bottom half following a two-out single to center field vs. Ohio State relief pitcher Kasie Kelly to force extra innings. Ohio State got a runner on in the eighth inning following an infield single by Shelby Pickett, but could not push any runs across the plate. After the Buckeyes went in order in the ninth, Purdue ended the game 8-7 on an RBI single by Andie Varsho up the middle. Kelly falls to 3-2 overall, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing just one earned run, six hits with a strikeout.
After the first went scoreless, Purdue scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second when Tori Chiodo doubled off the left field wall to score Maia Monchek. Ohio State starter Olivia O'Reilly limited the damage when she induced a groundout back at the circle to end the second.
Ohio State rebounded quickly to tie the game, 1-1, in the top of the third after posting a pair of hits and a sacrifice vs. Purdue starting pitcher Lexy Moore. Coletta began the at bat with a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Rennie, Watkins singled down the right field line to boast Ohio State's first run of the contest.
Purdue struck back with a pair of walks and a pair of singles in the bottom half to regain a one-run lead. Ashley Courtney sent a ball in the hole at shortstop and Maddy McIntyre made a great diving stop to keep it in the infield, but Lindsey Rains was able to score on the play from third base. Alex DiDomenico came in for relief work for O'Reilly in the third with one down and left two Purdue runners on base after getting a called three strike. She threw 1.2 innings pitched, allowing four hits, four runs, three walks with two strikeouts.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Boilers extended their advantage to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth following a double steal play with runners on first and third , a two-run double and a fielder's choice. Kelly was placed in the game for DiDomenico with no down and the bases loaded.
In the sixth, Prantl cut the team's deficit to four runs when she sent an infield single to second base, allowing Conrad to score from third base. Conrad reached on a fielding error and then advanced two bases after back-to-back wild pitches.
Overall, Purdue outhit Ohio State, 14-10, in the contest.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers close out the series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buckeye Field.