Easter came and Easter left and so did the slump that the Diamond Buckeyes have been in. The baseball team traveled to Purdue and took 2 ouftof three from the Boilermakers. The wins put the the men’s record at 25-19 overall and 6-9 in league play. The softball team spent the week at home facing Penn State for two earlier in the week and then taking on Northwestern for three over the weekend. The ladies handled their business by winning all five games and moving their record to 25-23 overall and 11-9 in Big Ten play. Let’s check out some of the highlights.
4/25: OSU 3, Purdue 4 (13 innings)
The Buckeyes used the second inning to pounce on the Boilermakers early in game one. With runners on the corners Josh Dezse belted a two run double putting the Buckeyes on top 2-0. The lead grew to 3-0 after an RBI single by Connor Sabanosh. Ohio State was unable to keep the lead though as Purdue used a big fifth inning of their own to tie the game. Back to back singles followed by a sacrifice bunt to lead off the fifth set the table for the Boilermaker offense. A sacrifice fly by Conner Hudnall followed by a Jeff Evak two run inside the park home run tied the score at 3-3. After both teams were unable to cash in on opportunities, an RBI single by the Boilermaker’s Kyle Wood ended things at 4-3 in the 13 inning.
4/26: OSU 2, Purdue 0
Ohio State recovered nicely after the dramatic loss in game one. The Bucks used the fourth inning to their damage in game two. Two singles by Nick Sergakis and Ronnie Dawson followed by Troy Kuhn’s sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third for Pat Border. Border’s sacrifice fly made it 1-0. Josh Dezse then stepped to the plate and laced an RBI double to left making the score 2-0. This was all the Ohio State pitcher Ryan Riga needed. Riga struck out nine over 7.2 scoreless innings as the Buckeyes held off Purdue for a 2-0 victory.
4/27: OSU 11, Purdue 2
Ohio State’s offense came out in full force in game three of the series. The Buckeyes scored 3 runs in the first inning, followed by 5 in the second, 1 in the third, and two in the fourth to jump out to an 11-1 lead on the Boilermakers. Purdue scored another run in the bottom of the ninth making the final score 11-2 in favor of Ohio State. The Bucks’ Greg Greve gave up 1 run while striking out 2 over 7.0 innings in picking up the win.
The baseball team will travel to Louisville on Wednesday to face the Cardinals before coming back home to battle Iowa in a weekend series.
4/23: Game One: OSU 3, Penn State 1
Taylor Watkins was the star in game one for the Buckeyes. With Watkins on third, Evelyn Carrillo was caught in a run down but before she was tagged out Watkins hustled home to make the score 1-0 after the first inning. Watkins then came up in the third and slammed a solo home making the score 2-0. Ohio State picked up another run in the fifth while Penn State plated one in the seventh making the final score 3-1 in favor of the Buckeyes. Olivia O’Reilly pitched a complete game with 2 strikeouts and a walk in picking up the win.
4/23: Game Two: OSU, Penn State 0
Game two of the doubleheader was much like the first. Almost the exact Same score and Evelyn Carrillo and Taylor Watkins were the story yet again. Carrillo picked up her 200th hit of her career by leading off the second inning with a solo blast giving Ohio State a 1-0 lead. Carrillo becomes only the 11th player in school history to reach the 200 hit milestone. Watkins then hit one of her two doubles to lead off the the fourth inning and then scored on a double by Cammi Prantl to make the score 2-0. Ohio State tacked on another one run in the fifth making the final score 3-0. She;lby Hursh picked up her fourth win of the win by pitching 7.0 scoreless innings.
4/25: Ohio State 3, No. 25 Northwestern 1
Northwestern got the scoring going in the second when Andrea Filler hit one of her three doubles plating Brianna LeBeau and giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Ohio State wasted no time in answering after a bases loaded infield RBI single by Keelia Nester tied the score up at 1. Cammi Prantl then smashed a two run home run in the fifth to give Ohio State the 3-1 victory over Northwestern. Olivia O’Reilly picked up her team leading 11th win after another complete game. The win over a ranked opponent was the first for the Buckeyes since last year.
4/26: Ohio State 8, No. 25 Northwestern 7
4/27: Ohio State 7, No. 25 Northwestern 4
Shelby Hursh pitched 5.0 innings allowing one run off one hit while striking out 2 in Ohio State 7-4 victory over the Wildcats. The win was Hursh’s fifth win on the year. Offensively the Buckeyes got 3 RBI’s from Leesa Gresham and 2 RBI’s each from Evelyn Carillo and Taylor Watkins. Gresham and Watkins each had a home run as well.
The softball team will finish out the Big Ten schedule this week when they travel to Iowa for a three game set.