April 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan State softball fell to 21-20 on the season and 7-6 in the Big Ten after a doubleheader loss to Ohio State Wednesday evening. Leading the Spartans were senior Jayme O’Bryant with three RBIs and sophomore Stephanie Sanders with one.
In game one, the Buckeyes (29-17, 8-9) posted the first run in the bottom of the second inning. MSU matched the run and tied the score in the top of the fourth. O’Bryant hit a double to right center after two flyouts came from the top of the lineup. Sanders then sent O’Bryant home and notched an RBI with a double to right-center field.
The Spartan run wasn’t enough, as the Buckeyes scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and held MSU scoreless in the top of the seventh to take the win, 4-1.
Junior Kelly Smith (16-11) took the circle for 5 1/3 innings before freshman Dani Goranson took over. Smith struck out eight batters and allowed two runs, both earned. Goranson similarly gave up two runs, both earned.
Alex DiDomenico picked up the win on the mound and allowed only one run by MSU.
Game two had a similar start as Ohio State recorded the first run in the bottom of the first.
MSU came back with three runs in the top of the third inning. Sophomore Alyssa McBride reached on a fielding error by the third baseman for Ohio State. Next, sophomore McKinzie Freimuth reached on a throwing error as McBride advanced to second. With a home run to left center by O’Bryant, MSU took the lead with three runs.
Ohio State notched three runs in the bottom of the fourth and another two in the bottom of the sixth. The Buckeyes finalized the score at 6-3.
Goranson (3-8) pitched five innings and allowed six runs, five earned. Smith finished out the last inning and held the Buckeyes scoreless.
Melanie Nichols took the win and improved her record to 4-1 on the season.
Michigan State takes on Illinois in its final home series this weekend at Secchia Stadium. The two teams begin the series on Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m. On Saturday, April 26, the Spartans take on the Fighting Illini at 1 p.m. The teams will finish off the competition on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m.