Junior Melissa Rennie
April 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Highlighted by two solo home runs by a pair of juniors, the Ohio State softball team shut out Penn State, 2-0, Friday in game one of a three-game series at Buckeye Field. Evelyn Carrillo and Melissa Rennie scored the lone two runs of the contest on solo shots in the bottom of the fourth to help the Buckeyes improve to 24-14 overall and 4-6 in Big Ten play.
Sophomore Alex DiDomenico improved to 10-6 overall, collecting her fifth complete-game shutout of the season. She tossed seven innings, limiting the PSU bats to four hits with four strikeouts. Overall, Ohio State outhit the Nittany Lions, 7-4, in the contest.
In the fourth, Carrillo led off the Buckeye at bat with a solo home run to center field vs. Jones. Rennie then tomahawked a 2-1 count over the left center field wall to make it 2-0 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. DiDomenico stranded two runners in the top of the fifth after she got Reina Furuya to fly out to Watkins in center.
The first three innings vs. the Blue and White went scoreless. Ohio State had an opportunity to take an early lead in the bottom half of the second vs. PSU starter Macy Jones after Saalfeld doubled to right center with two down. However, Penn State center fielder Cassidy Bell threw out Melaina Saalfeld at the plate for the third out following a single up the middle by sophomore Caitlin Conrad. Saalfeld boasted a personal-best two doubles vs. Penn State.
In the top of the third, DiDomenico worked her way out of a bases loaded jam with no down. She fielded a hard grounder in the circle and claimed the force out at the plate followed by Maddy McIntyre, who cut down the runner at home on a groundball up the middle for the second out. DiDomenico then induced a pop up in foul territory caught by Carrillo for the final out of the inning. She would strand a combined eight PSU runners in the contest.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday at Buckeye Field. As always, admission is free.
- Junior Evelyn Carrillo notched her third home run of the year in the bottom of the fourth. She now has 15 home runs in her career.
- Junior Melissa Rennie boasted her second home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth.
- Junior Melaina Saalfeld collected her first-career multi-extra base hit performance with two doubles vs. the Nittany Lions.
- Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico collected her fifth complete-game shutout of the year.
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