Buckeyes Split Day 1 of 2013 OCCC

Rebecca Lee notched a grand slam in game two vs. NKU
Rebecca Lee notched a grand slam in game two vs. NKU

Oct. 5, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team split day one of the 2013 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic Saturday afternoon at Fred Beekman Park, located on the Ohio State campus. The Buckeyes fell, 6-4, against Akron in game one in nine innings before earning a 14-1 victory in five innings vs. Northern Kentucky at Field No. 1.

In all, 19 teams will be competing at the 13th-annual OCCC, which has raised more than $172,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund in its 12-year history. All the teams gathered around 12:15 p.m. as second-year Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly spoke to the crowd on hand thanking everyone for their support for a great cause.  The Buckeyes will play two additional games tomorrow, beginning at 10:30 a.m. vs. Ohio before taking on Wright State at 12:45 p.m. ET on Field No. 1.

See below for a review of the action Saturday:

Game One: Akron 6, Ohio State 4 (9 Innings)

The Buckeyes fell, 6-4, in nine innings vs. Akron to begin action at the 2013 OCCC at Field No. 1 in Fred Beekman Park. The Buckeyes tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, but the Zips were able to plate two runs in the top of the ninth to earn the win.

Offensively, senior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a walk, while sophomore Cammi Prantl collected two hits and one RBI. Junior Maddy McIntyre crossed the play twice with a walk.

The Scarlet and Gray struck first in the bottom of the second when McIntyre scored following an RBI single by senior second baseman Melaina Saalfeld. However, the Zips took a 2-1 advantage when the squad plated two runs on an Ohio State fielding error.



Akron then took a 4-1 lead after back-to-back home runs against starting pitcher Shelby Hursh, who threw 3.1 innings and gave up three hits, four runs, two earned runs with four strikeouts in a no-decision performance. Senior pitcher Melanie Nichols relieved Hursh in the circle with one out in the top of the fourth and ended the Akron rally with back-to-back strikeouts.

But the Buckeyes rebounded with a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, respectively. Senior third baseman Leesa Gresham singled through the left side to platd McIntyre, while Erika Leonard sent a single down the right field line to score freshman Anna Kirk.

Prantl, a native of Ashville, Ohio, tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the seventh when she pushed Kirstie Fehrenbach around the plate on a one-out single to center field.

The following inning went scoreless until Akron plated a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI single and a sac fly. Junior center fielder Caitlin Conrad limited the damage when she made a diving catch over the center field wall to keep the Buckeyes within striking distance. However, Ohio State left two on base in its final at-bat following a force out play at third base.

Game Two: Northern Kentucky 1, Ohio State 14 (5 Innings)

The Buckeye bats were alive in well in game two Saturday led by freshman Rebecca Lee, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with a grand slam, double and six RBI in a 14-1 win against Northern Kentucky. Overall, Ohio State notched 11 hits vs. the Norse.

Also having a solid day at the plate was Kirk who was 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBI and one run scored, while Carrillo went 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored.  Greshman notched two hits and two runs scored, while sophomore Amanda Abbruzzese had a run scored and a double.

In the circle, junior pitcher Olivia O'Reilly earned the win, throwing five innings, allowing just two hits, one run with two strikeouts.

After the Buckeyes took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Ohio State opened the game open with a five-run third frame and six-run fourth inning, respectively.

In the third, the bases were loaded after Carrillo singled, McIntyre walked and Gresham singled to set up Lee, who blasted an opposite field home run over the right center field wall. Kirk then singled up the middle to plate O'Reilly to make it a 9-1 contest.

Ohio State then added six runs in the fourth inning following an RBI single by Gresham and a two-run double by Lee. Northern Kentucky then made a pitching change and went to allow three additional runs to cross the plate following two walks and a hit-by pitch to help Ohio State earn the 14-1 run-rule win.