May 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team fell in a doubleheader against Iowa Saturday night at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (28-22, 7-12 Big Ten) lost game one, 2-0, before dropping game two, 13-5, against the Hawkeyes (25-24, 14-6 Big Ten).
Ohio State will conclude the 2012 home schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday vs. Iowa. As part of Senior Day, the squad will recognize its four seniors following the conclusion of the game against the Hawkeyes. The game will be streamed live on BTN.com.
Game One: Iowa 2, Ohio State 0
Game one featured a pitcher's duel between senior Mikayla Endicott and Iowa starter Kayla Massey. After the first five innings went scoreless, the Hawkeyes scored the only two runs of the game in the top of the sixth. With runners on second and third, Katie Kleim claimed an RBI groundout on a check swing vs. Endicott. Iowa then added to its lead following an OSU fielding error.
Despite allowing just five hits, Endicott received the loss to fall to 16-13 overall in 2012. The native of Roseburg, Oregon, struck out seven, allowing one earned run with no walks. Massey limited the OSU bats to one hit in seven innings of work in game one to improve to 13-10 overall.
Freshman Shelby Pickett tallied the only hit for the Scarlet and Gray, notching her third double of the season in the top of the second.
Ohio State had two great chances to get on the scoreboard with a runner on third in both the second and fourth innings, but could not push around any runs vs. Massey.
Game Two: Iowa 13, Ohio State 5
In game two, the Buckeyes cut a four-run deficit to 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth, but Iowa rallied to post two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to claim the doubleheader sweep.
Ohio State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Freshman Taylor Watkins plated the first run on an RBI groundout by sophomore Evelyn Carrillo - her 42nd RBI of the year. Senior Vanessa Spears then crossed home plate following an Iowa pass ball to make it 2-0.
But Iowa rebounded quickly with a six-run inning on six hits to take a 6-2 lead after two innings. Ohio State starter Melanie Nichols put the Hawkeyes down in order in the opening inning, but was replaced by freshman Olivia O'Reilly in the following stanza after allowing five runs on five hits. Malloree Grove and Megan Blank each had two-run singles.
Down 6-2, the long ball put the Buckeyes back within striking distance after home runs by senior captain Alicia Herron and sophomore Leesa Gresham. Herron cut the Buckeyes' deficit to three runs when she blasted her 13th home run of the season over the center field wall for a solo home run to make it 6-3 in the bottom of the third. The following inning, Gresham, who came into the game in the second, then posted her first career home run in the bottom of the fourth when she crushed a two-run home run over the left center wall. Pickett began the inning with a triple to right center - her first of her career.
In the fifth, Iowa began the inning with runners on second and third and nobody down. Endicott then relieved O'Reilly in the circle and claimed back-to-back outs, but an infield single by Michelle Zoeller allowed both runners to score to help Iowa regain a three-run lead, 8-5. The Hawkeyes then extended their lead to 11-5 after scoring three runs on two hits and two OSU errors in the top of the sixth. Iowa notched two additional runs in the final inning.
The Buckeye bats could not restart their momentum from earlier in the contest as Iowa starter Chelsea Lyon limited Ohio State to five hits in seven innings of work.
Nichols received the loss to drop to 11-9 overall, tossing 1.1 innings on five runs and four hits. O'Reilly threw 2.2 innings pitched, allowing three runs on four hits with a strikeout. Endicott threw two innings, allowing three runs (all unearned) on three hits. Freshman Alex DiDomenico pitched the final inning for Ohio State for her fifth appearance of the year.
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