Buckeyes were joined by their parents during starting lineups Friday night vs. Minnesota
April 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team fell, 3-0, against Minnesota Friday night in game one of a three-game conference series at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (29-18, 8-10 Big Ten) were limited to one hit vs. Minnesota starter Sara Moulton, while the Gophers (29-15, 10-5 Big Ten) were able to collect a run in the first, second and fifth innings, respectively, en route to the league win.
Despite striking out nine batters and leaving seven Gopher runners on base, sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico fell to 13-8 overall, allowing three earned runs, seven hits and two walks. Moulton improved to 25-9 overall.
Sophomore shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk to extend her reached base streak to nine-consecutive games.
The Gophers jumped out to a 2-0 lead vs. DiDomenico after two innings, collecting an RBI single in both the first and second innings, respectively. DiDomenico left two runners on in the bottom of the second when got a called strike three on Karl Dorle and followed with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 top of the third.
The Buckeyes claimed their first hit of the contest in the top of the fifth when McIntyre connected on a first pitch vs. Moulton for a line drive single to center field. However, pinch runner Jesse Machovina was left on first after Minnesota picked off the OSU runner at first and Moulton claimed the third out on a strikeout.
After DiDomenico left two on in the sixth, Ohio State left two runners on in the bottom half. Caitlin Conrad began the potential rally when she reached base on a wild pitch, while Taylor Watkins walked. However, Moulton fanned the final two batters on strikeouts to end the OSU potential rally.
As part of Senior Weekend, the parents of the four Ohio State seniors tossed out the first pitch before the start of the contest vs. the Gophers.
The Buckeyes return to field vs. Minnesota at 2 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.