Junior Evelyn Carrillo
May 1, 2013
Game Highlights available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team swept Wright State in a doubleheader to conclude the 2013 home schedule with a 12-5 mark Wednesday at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes shut out the Raiders 4-0 in both games to improve to 32-19 overall this year.Guiding the Buckeyes at the plate was junior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo, who went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored, while sophomore Shelby Pickett went 3-for-6 with an RBI. Senior Megan Coletta and sophomore Caitlin Conrad each homered vs. the Raiders. In the circle, sophomore Alex DiDomenico and redshirt junior Melanie Nichols each posted complete game shutout victories, liming Wright State to a combined four hits in the twinbill.
Ohio State will wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at Illinois Friday-Sunday in Champaign, Ill. Each game will be streamed on BTN.com.
GAME ONE: Wright State 0, Ohio State 4
Sophomore Caitlin Conrad kept it a scoreless contest when she claimed a double play in the top of the first after snagging a fly out down the right field line before throwing out a runner at the plate when she rocketed a throw to OSU catcher Melissa Rennie for the tag out. The Scarlet and Gray collected a 2-0 lead in the bottom following an RBI double by Carrillo and a RBI single by Pickett, respectively.
The Buckeyes made it 3-0 in the bottom of the third when junior designated player Leesa Gresham reached base with the bases loaded after a WSU fielding error allowed pinch runner Alyson Mott to cross the plate. Mott, a native of New Albany, Ohio, has now scored a season-high 14 runs in 2013. Ohio State extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth when senior Brittany Mills scored from third base on a double steal vs. WSU starter Krystian DeWitt.
After allowing a single in the top of the first, Ohio State starting pitcher Alex DiDomenico retired the next 13 batters for the Buckeyes, posting four strikeouts. Wright State got its second base runner of the contest in the top of the sixth after a lead-off walk, ending the streak for DiDomenico.
DiDomenico stranded a runner on second base in the top of the seventh to claim her eighth complete game shutout of 2013. She improved to 14-9 overall this year.
Overall, Ohio State had eight hits, while the Raiders were limited to one hit.
GAME TWO: Wright State 0, Ohio State 4
In the bottom of the first, Taylor Watkins scored her team-best 44th run of the year to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead for the Buckeyes after Carrillo posted an RBI single up the middle vs. WSU starter Montana Wear. The Buckeyes took a two-run advantage in the bottom of the second when Conrad notched her fourth home run of the year with a solo shot to left center.
After a lead-off walk in the top of the second, Ohio State starting pitcher Melanie Nichols retired the next 12 batters in order before a lead-off infield single in the top of the sixth. Nichols left a runner on third in the top of the sixth when she induced a strikeout to center.
In her last at bat at Buckeye Field, senior Megan Coletta made it 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth when she blasted her fifth home run of the year on a two-out, two-run shot to left. Both runs were unearned after Rennie reached on an error by the WSU second baseman.
Nichols boasted her second complete game shutout of the season after collecting a groundout to shortstop Maddy McIntyre. Nichols improves to 5-1 overall in 2013.
Overall, Ohio State outhit the Raiders, 6-3, in game two.