March 22, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ohio State took advantage of several LMU miscues to record a doubleheader sweep in softball action at Smith Field this afternoon. The Lions outhit OSU 7-5 in game one, but the Buckeyes used eight walks and three hit batters to down LMU 5-2. An unearned run in the top of the sixth proved to be the game winner for OSU in a tight game two for the 2-1 win.
Ohio State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Buckeyes scored both runs with just one hit of the inning, using an LMU error, two hit batters and a walk to manufacture the runs.
The Buckeyes added three more runs in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on two hits with two walks and another hit batter to aid the cause.
LMU rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell short. Margo Pineda led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to third on Megan Ackerman's single up the middle. A Tracy Cook double through the infield to the wall scored both runs to cut the OSU lead to 5-2. The Buckeyes made a pitching change, and Kim Reeder was able to shut the Lion offense down for the final three outs of the inning.
Ackerman and Cook each finished with two hits, and Cook added LMU's only two RBI of the game. Tiffany Pagano suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts, but she walked eight batters and hit three.
Megan Schwab had two hits for the Buckeyes, and Courtney Pruner and Chelsea Baker were both 1-for-3 with two RBI. Jamee Juarez got the win, striking out 10 with seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Game two was a pitcher's battle. The Lions got the first run on the board when Kirsten Whitt hit her third home run of the season to left field to put LMU ahead 1-0 in the third inning.
The Buckeyes got the run back in the top of the fourth to tie things up, 1-1. In the top of the sixth, Pruner led off the inning with a walk and her pinch runner, Nicole Lancaster, advanced to second on a sacrifice hit by Lauren Daykin. With the runner at second and one out, Baker hit a grounder to the LMU second baseman whose throw was wild to first base. The throw allowed Lancaster to score from second base and put OSU ahead 2-1.
LMU had runners at second base with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lions could not bring the tying run home.
Samantha Lavino took the loss, allowing one earned run on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Reeder added a win to her save from game one, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
The losses break LMU's five game winning streak, and the Lions fall to 20-13 on the season. Ohio State improves to 14-10 overall.
LMU returns to action on Saturday when it heads up the coast to Santa Barbara to face the Gauchos at noon.
- GO LIONS! -