Junior Kasie Kelly limited the Wolverines to no runs on three hits in four innings of work Friday
April 5, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Despite outhitting the Wolverines in the final five innings of play, the Ohio State softball team fell, 5-1, at No. 12 Michigan in game one of a three-game series at Wilpon Complex. The Wolverines (29-7, 7-0 Big Ten) posted a five-run lead in the second inning and limited the Buckeyes (21-12, 3-4 Big Ten) to one run in the fifth inning to claim the conference victory.
In the circle, sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico fell to 8-5 overall, throwing two innings allowing five runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Junior pitcher Kasie Kelly had a solid no decision performance, limiting the Michigan bats to no runs on three hits in four innings of work.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning vs. DiDomenico after freshman Sierra Romero connected on a 1-1 pitch for a two-run home run over the center field wall. However, DiDomenico rebounded quickly and ended the bottom of the first with back-to-back strikeouts.
After the Buckeyes went in order in the top of the second against Wolverine starter Haylie Wagner, Michigan extended its lead to five runs, capitalizing on back-to-back walks with two down vs. DiDomenico. Romero came up with the first big hit when she sent a first-pitch single down the right field line, scoring a pair of runs. Ashley Lane then made it 5-0 on an RBI single through the left side, however, freshman Cammi Prantl came up firing from left field and got the final out of the second with a laser to the plate as Rennie tagged out Romero to limit the damage.
Ohio State notched its first hit of the evening in the top of the third after Rennie sent a first pitch through the left side vs. Wagner. However, a 5-4-3 double play ended any chance for the Buckeyes to cross the plate in the frame.
The Scarlet and Gray made a pitching change in the bottom half as junior Kasie Kelly relieved DiDomenico in the circle. Sophomore shortstop Maddy McIntyre came up with two solid defensive plays to strand two Wolverines on base and keep it a 5-0 contest. With runners on second and third and one down, McIntyre fielded a ground ball at short and threw out the advancing runner at the plate with junior catcher Melissa Rennie tagging out Driensga for the putout. McIntyre then snagged a chopper in the hole and went over to touch third base for the force out to retire the third.
After the fourth went scoreless, Ohio State scored its first run vs. the Wolverines on a wild pitch when senior Megan Coletta slid across the plate following a wild pitch by Wagner. Rennie boasted her second single of the contest with one down and runners on first and second, but pinch runner Jesse Machovina was thrown out at home plate for the second out of the frame. Junior Evelyn Carrillo began the inning with a lead-off single to right.
Kelly notched her third scoreless inning in the bottom of the fifth when she induced back-to-back fly outs to center field to strand one UM runner.
In the sixth, Prantl and junior Leesa Gresham each tallied singles vs. Wagner, but Ohio State couldn’t push any runs across the plate as the UM starter induced a ground out to second to end the OSU threat.
Overall, Ohio State collected six hits, while Michigan posted seven hits.
Game two of the series is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Alumni Field.
NOTES FROM GAME ONE
- Junior Melissa Rennie claimed her 10th career multi-hit game.
- Senior Megan Coletta scored her 15th run of the season and 72nd of her career. She has 176 career starts, which leads all active Buckeyes.
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