Ohio State Edged by Wisconsin, 4-2
April 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team dropped a 4-2 contest at Wisconsin Sunday to conclude a three-game conference series in Madison, Wis. Despite an even four hits for each team, the long ball was the difference in the contest as the Badgers (33-9, 10-5 Big Ten) claimed the victory against the Buckeyes (27-17, 6-9 Big Ten) guided by a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied, 1-1.
The Scarlet and Gray started a rally in the top of the seventh after pinch runner Brittany Mills scored following a Wisconsin fielding error at first base to make it 4-2. However, Wisconsin starting pitcher Meghan McIntosh was able to limit the Buckeyes to one run in the final frame to earn the win. Ohio State starting pitcher Alex DiDomenico falls to 12-7 overall, throwing 5.2 innings, allowing four hits on four runs with three strikeouts.
After the first two innings went scoreless, the Badgers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Mary Massei hit a two-out solo home run to center field vs. DiDomenico. The long ball was the first hit allowed by DiDomenico, who retired the previous five batters in order before the home run.
The Ohio State offense was able to get a runner on in four out of the first five innings, but could not cross the plate vs. McIntosh. The contest had just a combined three hits through the first five frames with the solo homer by the Badgers as the only difference in the pitcher's duel.
The Buckeyes tied the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth when Prantl sent a one-out double to right center, scoring Watkins from second base. Watkins reached scoring position after walking and claiming her team-best 14th stolen base of the season.
The Badgers claimed the eventual gamewinner when Whitney Massey homered to left field with one out vs. DiDomenico in the bottom of the sixth. Redshirt junior Melanie Nichols came into the game with two down and two on in the inning and induced a groundout to Megan Coletta at third base for the final out.
Overall, Ohio State left five on base, while the Badgers stranded three runners.