April 6, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State softball team lost, 11-0, in five innings at No. 12 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines (30-7, 8-0 Big Ten) posted three runs in the first, six runs in the second and two additional runs in the fourth to claim the Big Ten series victory against the Buckeyes (21-13, 3-5 Big Ten).
The Scarlet and Gray will close out the series at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Alumni Field.
The Buckeyes stranded a runner in the first inning after UM starting pitcher Sara Driesenga induced a groundout with Watkins on second base. Watkins began the inning with an infield single and was advanced following a sacrifice bunt by Prantl. In the bottom half, Michigan went ahead 3-0 after posting five hits vs. Ohio State starting pitcher Olivia O’Reilly. Sierra Romero plated the first run when she sent a double to left center followed by Ashley Lane who singled up the middle to make it 2-0. The Wolverines claimed their third run when Lauren Sweet singled up the middle to score one run, but Watkins was able to throw down a potential fourth Michigan run with a strong throw into Rennie, who finished off the play with a tag out on Lane at the plate.
Sophomore Maddy McIntyre and junior Melissa Rennie each singled in the top of the second, but a Michigan double play ended any chance for Ohio State to start a rally. Junior Audrey Plant then relieved O’Reilly to begin the bottom half. The Wolverines extended their lead to 8-0 after scoring five runs off Plant highlighted by a grand slam by Caitlin Blanchard over the center field wall. Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols then came into the game to relieve Nichols for the Buckeyes. The Maize and Blue were able to load the bases for the second time of the frame and made it a nine-run contest following an RBI single.
In the top of the fourth, Ohio State had its best chance of the day to get on the board with the bases loaded and two down after Carrillo was hit by a pitch, Coletta singled and Rennie walked. However, Driesenga was able to get pinch hitter Jayla Sabiene to ground out to second base to end the frame. Michigan added two runs in the bottom half with back-to-back home runs.
O’Reilly received the loss to fall to 7-5, throwing one inning, allowing five hits on three runs with a strikeout, while Driesenga improved to 20-5, throwing five innings, allowing no runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Overall, Michigan outhit Ohio State, 12-5.