Buckeyes On A Roll, Advance Past Nittany Lions 10-2
May 10, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Spurred on by a home crowd and under the lights of Buckeye Field, Ohio State had no problem in its Big Ten Tournament opener with a 10-2 performance over Penn State.
Kim Reeder started off the game in the circle for the Buckeyes while ace pitcher Jamee Juarez fielded the hot corner. But after Juarez threw 11.2 innings against PSU last weekend, Coach of the Year Linda Kalafatis made sure the Nittany Lions saw something different this time around. She was rewarded by a five inning six hit performance from Reeder.
After waiting until the seventh inning to score in last week's decisive second game the Buckeyes made sure to get on the board early and in this case often. In the first inning, Ohio State capitalized on two walks, a right side hit and two singles in the gap to plate two runs. A quiet second inning proved to be the calm before the storm as the Buckeyes erupted with eight runs on seven hits in the third.
With bases loaded and no outs, Christina Douglas cleared the bases with a double to left field. Two batters later Lauren Daykin recorded a double of her own to plate Douglas. Liz Caputo followed with a single to left scoring two more Buckeyes to put Ohio State up 8-0 still with no outs. Koyano squeezed the third walk of the inning out of Jenn Reynolds and scored along with Caputo when Sam Marder went opposite field for a two-run double just out reach of Nittany Lion right fielder Meghan Wolfer.
PSU showed its heart by not letting down in the following inning. The Nittany Lions were lead off by Jen Acunto, who picked up her second hit of the game with a double to right center. Kayce Zielinski drew a walk and later scored on a Sam Hovanec single to the left side to put Penn State on the board 2-0. However, that was all they could muster against Reeder who picked up her 16th win of the season.
Ohio State was lead by Douglas who was 3-for-3 on the day including four RBIs. Designated hitter Daykin followed with two hits while five different Buckeyes contributed hits of their own.
Ohio State improves to 36-16 and advances to Friday's contest against the winner of the Purdue vs. Iowa game. Reynolds dropped to 13-9 while Penn State ends its season at 26-23.