Senior Brittany Mills
April 27, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball fell, 7-2, in game two of a three-game conference series vs. Minnesota at Buckeye Field Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes (29-19, 8-11 Big Ten) recognized their four seniors before the start of the contest vs. the Gophers (30-15, 11-5 Big Ten). To view the photo album, click above.
After Ohio State starting pitcher Alex DiDomenico left the bases loaded in the top of the first, the Buckeyes scored the first run of the contest in the bottom half when Carrillo collected her 50th hit of the season with an RBI single to left, scoring Prantl from third base. The Buckeyes didn’t add on any additional runs as Minnesota starter Sara Moulton induced a 1-2-3 double play to end the first.
The Gophers took a 5-1 lead in the following two innings, scoring two in the second and three in the third, respectively. Minnesota posted back-to-back doubles vs. DiDomenico to plate two runs in the second. Madie Eckstrom then boasted a two-run home run to left field vs. DiDomenico in the third with one down to extend her team’s advantage to four runs. DiDomenico was then relieved by redshirt junior Melanie Nichols in the circle.
Ohio State got a runner on in both the third and fourth innings, but failed to cross the plate vs. Moulton. Minnesota made it 7-1 in the top of the fifth after Kaitlyn Richardson doubled down the right field line vs. junior relief pitcher Kasie Kelly, who came into the game with two runners on and no down.
The Buckeyes made it 7-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Watkins collected a sacrifice fly to deep left, scoring Conrad, who began the OSU at bat with a double to left center. But Moulton was able to induce back-to-back groundouts to end the OSU rally.
After a scoreless sixth inning, sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly was placed in the circle for Kelly with one and two runners on base. She threw 0.2 innings, allowing no runs or hits vs. the Gophers.
DiDomenico falls to 13-9, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks. Nichols threw 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on one hit with three strikeouts, while Kelly threw 2.1 innings allowing no runs, two hits, two walks with a strikeout.
Overall, Minnesota notched 10 hits, while Ohio State had eight hits.
The Buckeyes conclude the series vs. Minnesota at 1 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.
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