April 7, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State softball team fell, 17-5, in five innings at No. 12 Michigan Sunday at Wilpon Complex.
Offensively, junior Leesa Gresham notched a career-high five RBI in the contest with a two-run home run and three-run double vs. the Maize and Blue. Gresham now has a team-best 30 RBI this season for the Scarlet and Gray.
The Buckeyes scored two runs in the top of the third when Gresham crushed a two-out home run over the left center field wall. The long ball was her team-best eighth of the year. Both runs were unearned after the inning continued following a Michigan throwing error.
Michigan scored eight runs on one hit in the bottom of the first as control was an issue for the Buckeye pitching staff, tossing a combined eight walks in the frame. The Wolverines also capitalized on three OSU errors and three pass balls. Overall, seven of the eight Michigan runs in the first were earned runs. Kasie Kelly relieved Ohio State starting pitcher Alex DiDomenico in the circle and faced four batters before DiDomenico re-entered the contest.
Evelyn Carrillo began the top of the second with a single to right field, while Maddy McIntyre reached base on a dropped ball in right field. However, the Buckeyes left both runners on base after UM starting pitcher Haylie Wagner notched a strikeout to end the OSU chance. The Wolverines added six runs in the bottom of the second on seven hits. Olivia O’Reilly came into replace DiDomenico with one down in the inning. Michigan went on to score three additional runs in the final two innings. Melanie Nichols claimed the final out of the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth, Gresham cleared the bases with a one-out double to left center to make it 17-5. Conrad began the at bat when she reached base on a an error followed by a walk to Watkins and a single by Prantl.
DiDomenico falls to 8-6 overall, throwing 1.1 inning allowing eight earned runs on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
The Buckeyes will next travel to Athens to play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Tuesday vs. in-state opponent Ohio.
Buckeye Spotlight - Shelby Hursh