April 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team dropped two games at Wisconsin in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes (27-16, 6-8 Big Ten) lost a close 7-6 contest in 10 innings in game one before falling, 3-1, in game two against the Badgers (32-9, 9-5 Big Ten).
GAME ONE: Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 7 (10 Innings)
Ohio State dropped a close 7-6 contest in 10 innings vs. Wisconsin in game one after the Badgers came back from a three-run deficit, scoring the final four runs of the contest. Tied at 6-6, Wisconsin’s Mary Massei posted a walk-off home run to center field with one down in the bottom of the tenth vs. OSU relief pitcher Olivia O’Reilly to defeat the Buckeyes.
Senior Megan Coletta led the Buckeye effort in game one of the twinbill after hitting her first-career grand slam, tying her career high with four RBI. Freshman Cammi Prantl went 2-for-4 with a walk, stolen base and RBI, while sophomore Taylor Watkins notched a career-high three walks, two runs scored in a 1-for-2 performance. Junior Evelyn Carrillo had an RBI and run scored.
O’Reilly received the loss to fall to 7-6 overall, throwing 1.1 innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico started for the Scarlet and Gray and tied her career-high in innings pitched, tossing eight innings on 10 hits, four earned runs and nine strikeouts.
After the Badgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the third inning, the Buckeyes notched five runs on four hits to take a 5-3 lead vs. Wisconsin starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah. Coletta, a native of Fullerton, Calif., posted the memorable long ball when she connected on a first pitch that went sailing over the left field wall, clearing the bases to give Ohio State a 5-3 advantage. Carrillo scored the team’s first run on an RBI single to left field, scoring Watkins to make it 3-1.
Ohio State added an important insurance run in the top of the seventh to make it 6-3 when Prantl posted a two-out RBI single to center field, scoring Watkins, who walked and stole second base to up her season total to a season-high 13 steals in 2013.
However, Wisconsin was able to tie the game, 6-6, in the following frame after crossing the plate three times against DiDomenico. The Badgers collected two walks and also a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to force extra innings in game one. Wisconsin left two runners on in the bottom of the eighth when DiDomenico tallied her ninth strikeout of the afternoon on a called strike three. Ohio State left one runner in scoring position in the top of the ninth after sophomore Caitlin Conrad reached second with two outs following a Badger fielding error and a stolen base.
In the bottom half, the Badgers had the winning run on second base with no down but failed to cross the plate vs. the Buckeyes. O’Reilly relieved DiDomenico in the circle with no outs and two on base. McIntyre collected the first out when she got the force play at third base on a groundball. After O’Reilly fanned the following batter, McIntyre snagged a line drive to end the ninth and keep the score tied at six-all. Prantl was left on second base in the top of the tenth after Darrah notched her sixth strikeout.
Overall, Wisconsin had an 11-6 advantage in hits vs. the Buckeyes.
GAME ONE NOTES
- Senior third baseman Megan Coletta tied her career high with four RBI after posting her first career grand slam in the top of the fourth to give Ohio State a 5-3 lead. She has now claimed at least 20 RBI in three seasons at Ohio State following her fifth multi-RBI performance of 2013.
- Freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl extended her hit streak to eight-consecutive games after going 2-for-4 with an RBI. She leads the Buckeyes with 16 multi-hit games.
- Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico tied her career-high in innings pitched, throwing eight innings vs. the Badgers.
- Sophomore center fielder Taylor Watkins was walked a career-high three times.
- Junior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo reached base for the 13th-consecutive game following an RBI single in the top of the fourth.
GAME TWO: Ohio State 1, Wisconsin 3
Wisconsin scored two runs in the first and added a run in the second, while limiting Ohio State to one run on five hits to claim a 3-1 victory in game two at Goodman Diamond.
Offensively, Conrad went 2-for-3 with a double and stolen base, while McIntyre was 1-for-1 with two walks. Prantl and Carrillo also singled vs. the Badgers. In the circle, junior pitcher Kasie Kelly fell to 5-3 overall, throwing the first two innings on five hits, three earned runs and two strikeouts. Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols threw the final four innings for the Buckeyes and limited Wisconsin to two hits and no runs with five strikeouts in a no-decision performance.
The Badgers struck first in game two, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first against Kelly, who made her fifth start of the season. Wisconsin scored on an RBI single and fielder’s choice.
Ohio State cut Wisconsin’s lead to one run in the next at bat after Coletta crossed the plate on a wild pitch by UW starting pitcher Meghan McIntosh. Coletta reached safely on a fielder’s choice and then advanced to third base when junior catcher Melissa Rennie got on following a throwing error by McIntosh.
But the Badgers rebounded with a run in the bottom of the second to secure a 3-1 lead when Massie sent a two-out RBI double to left field. Kelly stranded a runner on second after claiming her second strikeout to end the frame. In the top of the third, Conrad notched a lead-off double to center field, but was stranded on second base after McIntosh picked up three-consecutive outs.
In the bottom half, Nichols came into the circle for Kelly. After a Badger single, the Buckeyes ended a potential rally when McIntyre and second baseman Shelby Pickett turned a 6-4-3 double play. Ohio State would then strand a runner in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, but Nichols continued to keep it a two-run game, leaving the bases loaded in each bottom half frame. She ended the fourth on a strikeout and induced a fly out to left with two down in the bases full of Badgers.
The Scarlet and Gray had their best opportunity in the top of the sixth after loading the bases with one out against McIntosh. Carrillo singled, McIntyre walked and Coletta reached on a fielding error to load the bases with one down. However, on a 1-1 pitch, Rennie made solid contact, but lined into a double play back at the circle to end the OSU chance.
Nichols left two on base in the bottom of the sixth when she claimed her fifth strikeout of the day on a called strike three. But McIntosh was able to put down the Buckeye bats in order in the final frame to claim the conference win.
Overall, Ohio State had five hits, while the Badgers collected seven hits.
GAME TWO NOTES:
- Senior Megan Coletta reached base safely for the seventh-consecutive contest after a fielder’s choice in the top of the second.
- Freshman Cammi Prantl extended her hit streak to nine-consecutive games with a single in the top of the fifth.
- Sophomore left fielder Caitlin Conrad boasted her fifth multi-hit contest of 2013.
- Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols notched a season-high five strikeouts in four shutout innings of relief work.
- Junior Evelyn Carrillo reached base for the 14th-consecutive game after she singled in the top of the sixth inning.
Ohio State will close out the series vs. Wisconsin at 1 p.m. CT in Madison.
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