Big Ten Leader Ohio State Sweeps Doubleheader from IU
April 29, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Big Ten leader Ohio State swept a doubleheader from Indiana at Buckeye Field on Sunday, April 29, taking game one by a 5-2 count and completing the sweep with a 9-0, five-inning win in game two.
In game one, the Buckeyes (31-15, 12-2 Big Ten) got on the board first in a wild third inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Brittany Vanderink singled to left to score Lauren Daykin. Left fielder Julia Hamilton had a little trouble coming up with the ball, and Vanderink took second. Meanwhile, Nycole Koyano broke for home on the throw to second, and on the throw to home trying to get Koyano, Vanderink took third. One out later, Megan Schwab singled through the right side to knock in Vanderink with OSU's third run.
The Hoosiers (21-32, 1-17 Big Ten) got a run back in the top of the fourth, but missed a golden opportunity to add more. Sophomore Sarah Padove got things going with a one-out double to the gap in right center, and pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison moved to third on a groundout. With two down, senior Rachel Terry drew a walk, and junior Tory Yamaguchi followed with a sharp single through the right side to bring in Ritchison.
Indiana had a chance for more, as senior Kim Richards was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Ohio State pitcher Kim Reeder got a strikeout to end the inning with limited damage done.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the sixth inning, the Hoosiers got a little help from the Buckeye defense to put another run on the board. Padove led off the inning and sent a grounder to short, but the ball squirted right through Koyano's legs for an error. Padove moved to third on a grounder and a wild pitch, and Yamaguchi again delivered, smashing a single to left to draw IU within a run at 3-2. The Buckeyes went to their bull pen after that, pulling Reeder in favor of reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Jamee Juarez. The Big Ten saves leader did her job, getting a strikeout to end the jam.
Ohio State would not allow IU to get any closer, tacking on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Yamaguchi and Hamilton led the Hoosiers with two hits apiece, while Daykin was 3-for-3 to lead Ohio State.
IU starter Monica Wright (14-18) absorbed the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk in 6 innings. Reeder improved to 13-6 on the year, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Juarez worked 1 1/3 for her fourth save of the year.
The Buckeyes scored early and often in game two, jumping on Indiana starter Christy Wahl for a pair of runs in the first inning. After Wahl retired the first batter of the game on a groundout, the next three OSU batters singled up the middle, putting the Hoosiers down 2-0 with just one out. Indiana then went to its pen, and Wright came on to retire the next two batters in order to end the frame.
Koyano added to Ohio State's lead in the second, dropping a bloop single into shallow center to score Daykin, who doubled earlier in the inning. The Buckeyes pushed their lead to 5-0 on RBI singles from Vanderink and Schwab in the fourth, then tacked on four more runs in the fifth to put the game firmly out of reach.
Now leading 9-0, Juarez needed just five pitches to record three outs in the bottom of the fifth, nailing down the win on a pair of first-pitch grounders and a three-pitch strikeout. Juarez improved to 16-8 on the year, allowing just one hit and a walk in 5 innings of work.
Indiana's lone scoring opportunity came in the first inning, as the Hoosiers put runners on second and third. Hamilton led off with a single down the left field line, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice. Huddleston was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, and she and pinch-runner Kristin King moved up one base each on a wild pitch. Juarez got out of the inning unscathed, however, getting a strikeout to end the frame.
Wahl fell to 2-4 on the season, allowing two earned runs on three hits in 1/3 of an inning. Wright worked the final 4 2/3, allowing seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits.
Wright entered a pair of Indiana's all-time top 10 lists, as she jumped into the single-season rankings in both games started (30) and innings pitched 231. She also moved into a tie for fifth on the single-season list with 45 appearances this season.
Indiana wraps up its season next weekend against Purdue, with a game in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, May 5, and a game in Bloomington on Sunday, May 6. Both contests start at 1 p.m.
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