Buckeyes Edged by Wolverines, 3-2
May 10, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State softball team fell short, 3-2, against No. 1 seed Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium. Down 3-0 in the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes (34-22) fought to the last out, plating two runs vs. the Wolverines, but couldn’t push around the tying run to end the team’s competition at the conference tournament.
Offensively, the Scarlet and Gray posted seven hits and had a runner reach base safely in all seven innings. Junior Evelyn Carrillo went 3-for-4 with a double, while sophomore Caitlin Conrad went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico received the loss to fall to 15-11 overall, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.
Conrad began the late-inning rally in the top of the seventh with her second single of the day followed by freshman Cammi Prantl, who reached base safely on a Michigan fielding error. Sophomore Maddy McIntyre plated the first OSU run on an infield RBI single, scoring Conrad followed by junior Leesa Gresham, who connected on a 3-2 count for a two-out RBI single to left center. The OSU rally ended short when relief pitcher Haylie Wagner induced a fly out to left field to end the game.
Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when lead-off hitter Nicole Sappingfield sent a 1-1 pitch through the left side just out of the reach of Ohio State third baseman Megan Coletta to score Amy Knapp. However, DiDomenico limited the damage when she got Big Ten Player of the Year Sierra Romero to pop up to McIntyre at shortstop to leave two runners on base. DiDomenico stranded two UM runners in the first, second and fourth innings, respectively, to keep the Buckeyes within striking distance.
The next two innings went scoreless until the Wolverines pushed their advantage to three runs when Ashley Lane posted a two-run home run off the bottom of the right field foul pole vs. DiDomenico. She was relieved by redshirt junior Melanie Nichols with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
Overall, Michigan led in hits, 8-7. Ohio State left 10 runners on base, while the Wolverines stranded nine runners.
With the victory, Michigan advances to the semifinals in the conference tournament and will face No. 4 seed Wisconsin at 3 p.m. ET Saturday.