Freshman Cammi Prantl posted her first career home run Friday night vs. Illinois
May 3, 2013
URBANA, ILL. – The Ohio State softball team fell, 6-4, in game one of a three-game conference series at Illinois Friday night at Eichelberger Field. Leading 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Fighting Illini (21-25, 10-11 Big Ten) were able to capitalize on three Ohio State errors in the bottom of the sixth to plate three runs and take a two-run advantage en route to the victory.
With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 32-20 overall and 9-12 in Big Ten play. Offensively, freshman Cammi Prantl went 2-for-2 with her first career home run, two runs scored, two walks and three RBI. In the circle, sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico fell to 14-10 overall, throwing five innings and allowing five runs, two earned runs, three walks with 10 strikeouts.
The Buckeyes scored the first run of the contest when Prantl crossed the plate in the top of the third following a wild pitch by Illinois starting pitcher Pepper Gay. The Buckeyes had the bases loaded with no down, but only scored one run (unearned) vs. Pepper after she induced a strikeout and a fly out to end the frame.
DiDomenico was in the zone to start the contest vs. Illinois. She began the game retiring the first seven Illini batters in order on strikeouts. With one down in the bottom of the third, junior catcher Melissa Rennie made a great full-extension catch in foul territory on a pop up down the first base line to retire the first Illini batter not on a strikeout. DiDomenico then stranded a runner on first after inducing a groundout to senior Megan Coletta at third base.
In the fourth, Prantl extended the OSU lead to 4-0 when she blasted her first career home run over the right field wall for a one-out, three-run shot vs. Pepper. Pinch runner Alyson Mott and sophomore Caitlin Conrad were both on base for the long ball.
The Fighting Illini cut the lead to three runs in the bottom half, scoring one run on an RBI walk by Jessica Davis. The bases were loaded after DiDomenico walked two batters and hit a batter. McIntyre claimed the second out of the frame on a nice play on an in-between hop at shortstop to get the lead runner at the plate before DiDomenico made Jenna Mychko chase a ball out of the zone for the final out of the fourth with her eighth strikeout.
After Ohio State stranded a pair of runners in the top of the fifth, the Illinois momentum continued as the home squad scored a pair of runs on a two-run, two-out single by Jess Perkins through the left side. One of the runs was earned for DiDomenico However, she kept it a one-run contest when claimed a called strike three.
In the sixth, Prantl reached base safely for the fourth-consecutive at bat with a walk, but Ohio State couldn’t push her around the base paths as Pepper ended the OSU chance on a strikeout.
Ohio State and Illinois return to action at 3 p.m. ET Saturday in game two of the league series. The contest will be streamed on BTN.com.
- Freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl posted two hits vs. the Fighting Illini tonight and is now seven hits shy of the OSU freshman hits record in a single season.
- Prantl collected her first career home run in the top of the fourth. She now has a team-best 20 multi-game hits in 2013 and seven multi-RBI performances. With the long ball, Prantl joins the “30-30” club with 38 runs scored and 31 RBI.
- Sophomore shortstop Maddy McIntyre reached base safely for the 14th-consecutive game.
- Senior Alyson Mott scored for the 15th time of the season.
- Sophomore right fielder Caitlin Conrad notched a bunt single in the top of the fourth and now has a career-best five-game hit streak.
- Sophomore second baseman Shelby Pickett collected a line drive single to left field to begin the fifth to extend her hit streak to five-consecutive games.
Buckeye Spotlight - Anna Kirk