Columbus, Ohio Indiana finished its two-day trip to Columbus on Saturday falling to No. 21 Ohio State in five innings, 9-0. The game was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule. The Hoosiers drop to 12-14 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten. Ohio State extends its record to 17-10 and 2-0 in league play.
The Buckeyes started off swinging the bats strong in the top of the first inning. Leading off for OSU was Karisa Evans. Evans singled to right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Annie Dedic. With one out and Evans on second, Kristine Himes slammed one over the right field wall, for her eighth homerun of the season, giving Ohio State a 2-0 lead.
Valerie White (Torrance, Calif./North) led off for the Hoosiers in the bottom of the first, sending a line drive up the middle for her 29th hit of the season. Heather Suca (Shorewood, Ill./Joliet West) was up next for IU. Suca reached first on an error by second baseman Jennifer Johnson. Stormy Hanson (Las Vegas, Nev./Silverado) advanced White to third and Suca to second on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt down the third base line. With two players in scoring position, the Buckeyes were able to hold IU to no runs.
Ohio State added four runs to its total in the top of the third, taking a 6-0 advantage over the Hoosiers. Evans notched her second hit of the afternoon with a double down the right field line. Evans advanced to third on a fielders choice by Dedic. Next at bat for OSU was Himes. Himes walked and then stole second. With players on second and third and no outs Ashley Cutcliff walked to load the bases. Kristi DeVries drove in the Buckeyes third run with a shot to left center. Jennifer Johnson, who went in as a pinch runner for Cutcliff, and Himes scored the fourth and fifth Buckeye runs on a Rogeanna Hottinger double to the center field wall. OSU took a 6-0 lead when Beth McAbier hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Abby Stark (Vancouver, Wash./Central Catholic) bringing home pinch runner Jennifer Link.
After scoring three runs in the top of the fourth, the Buckeyes only had to hold IU until the bottom of the fifth where the game would be called due to the mercy rule. Ohio State scored nine runs on 11 hits. Kristi DeVries (8-4) was credited with the win and Katie Witham (4-8) earned the loss.
The Hoosiers depart from Columbus to travel to University Park, Pa., where they will play a Sunday doubleheader against Penn State. The first game is set for noon.