Buckeyes Blast Nittany Lions, 16-7, in Five Innings
April 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team won its second conference series of the season after downing Penn State, 16-7, in five innings Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field. As part of Alumni Weekend, Ohio State recognized several alumni before the contest. In attendance were: DeeDee Hillman (2011), Kerry Baker (1981), Chelsea Baker (2006), Megan Schwab (2007), Carla Hughes (1998) and Pam Carr (1979).
Offensively, Ohio State notched a season-best nine runs in the first inning and added a run in the third and six in the fourth en route to the victory. Freshman Cammi Prantl went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a season-high four runs scored, junior Melissa Rennie was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI, while sophomore Maddy McIntyre had three RBI and two walks. Caitlin Conrad posted a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Alyson Mott notched her first-career triple and a career-best two RBI, while juniors Leesa Gresham and Evelyn Carrillo each had a double.
In the circle, Ohio State relief pitcher Kasie Kelly improved to 5-2 overall, tossing 4.2 innings with six hits, five runs and two walks vs. Penn State.
Penn State took an early 2-0 lead on two solo home runs vs. Ohio State starting pitcher Olivia O'Reilly. Cassidy Bell posted a solo home run to center field before Kailyn Johnson homered to left center on a 3-2 count. Junior pitcher Kasie Kelly then relieved O'Reilly in the circle and claimed back to-back outs to end the top of the first.
But Ohio State battled back quickly with a season-best nine runs in the bottom half of the inning on five hits, six walks and one PSU fielding error. Five of the nine runs for the Scarlet and Gray were earned. With the bases loaded, McIntyre walked to make it 2-1, pushing Prantl across the plate. Pinch runner Amanda Abbruzzese then scored on a second-consecutive walk to Megan Coletta.
Rennie, a native of Wellington, Ohio, then came up with the big hit in the inning when she blasted a 2-2 pitch to left center, scoring Evelyn Carrillo, Maddy McIntyre and Megan Coletta to make it 5-2. Caitlin Conrad sent a fly ball to right center and was dropped by the PSU centerfielder to plate another run. Prantl tallied two additional runs on a two-run single up the middle, plating Taylor Watkins and Conrad. McIntyre collected her second walk of the inning to push the lead to 9-2, allowing Prantl to touch home plate.
Penn State cut its deficit to 9-4 following a two-run home run by Lauren Yao in the top of the second. The Buckeyes got one back in the bottom of the third following a sacrifice fly to left field by McIntyre, plating Prantl to make it a 10-4 contest.
The Buckeyes pushed their lead to eight runs in the bottom of the fourth with one down when Conrad crushed an opposite-field shot off the top of the scoreboard in right center vs. PSU relief pitcher Jordan Wheatley. The long ball was her third home run of the season. Prantl made it 13-4 when she scored her fourth run of the afternoon on a wild pitch. Ohio State scored its 14th run of the contest when Carrillo lined a double down the right field line. The Buckeyes last two runs of the game were earned by Mott, who sent a pinch-hit triple to right center, scoring both pinch hitter Jesse Machovina and pinch runner Brittany Mills.
Overall, seven different Buckeyes posted a hit, while 11 different members crossed the plate vs. the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State will close out the series vs. Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday. The contest vs. the Nittany Lions Sunday will be the Buckeyes' Centennial Game, commemorating the Ohio State Department of Athletics 100-year anniversary as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The first 100 fans at the game will receive a free Ohio State seat cushion. As always, admission is free.