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Rutgers vs Ohio State | Big Ten Softball - Game 1 | Softball - Apr 5, 2019 at 5:51 PM EDT
Apr 6, 2019
Ohio State opened its three-game weekend series against Rutgers with a 2-0 victory on Friday night keyed by the pitching of Lauren Rice and Morgan Ray coupled with timley fifth-inning hitting. With the win – Ohio State’s fourth in a row – the Buckeyes improve to 22-10, 6-1 in the Big Ten while Rutgers falls to 16-18, 0-7 B1G.
THE SHORT STORY
Rice, who improved to 13-1 on the season, went 5.2 innings and allowed just three hits. Morgan Ray went the final 1.1 innings for her second save of the season, getting a key bases-loaded strikeout in the top of the sixth inning to preserve the 2-0 lead. At the plate, Emily Clark and Bri Betschel both drove in runs in the fifth inning with a double and single, respectively, to back the Buckeyes’ efforts in the circle.
HOW THE RUNS WERE SCORED
• Meg Otte began the bottom of the fifth with a single to center field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Claire Nicholson. Two batters later, Betschel singled through the right side and scored Otte for a 1-0 Ohio State lead. Clark gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead on a double that landed in shallow center field, scoring Betschel.