Gophers' Rally Falls Short in 14-6 Loss at Ohio State
April 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Minnesota rallied from a 7-0 deficit with a six-run fourth inning, but dropped the finale of its three-game weekend series at Ohio State by a score of 14-6 on Sunday at Buckeye Field.
Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as it loaded the bases with one out and scored runs on a sacrifice fly, an illegal pitch and a single to center against Minnesota starter Nikki Anderson.
In the top of the second, with sophomore left fielder Erica Meyer batting, a rain shower forced the tarp to be placed over the infield and the game was delayed for one hour and 12 minutes.
The Buckeyes (30-19, 9-11 Big Ten) added four runs in the bottom of the third to expand their lead to 7-0, but Minnesota put together a huge top of the fourth inning.
Sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson lofted a one-out single into left center for Minnesota's first hit of the game, and junior center fielder Bree Blanchette followed by pulling a double down the left field line to move Richardson to third.
Sophomore left fielder Erica Meyer put the Gophers on the board by blooping a double over the head of the third baseman and the ball rolled into foul territory to score Richardson and move Blanchette to third. Sophomore Madie Eckstrom then hit a slow-roller down the first baseline, and the pitcher picked it up and tried to throw her out at first, but the throw was wild and both Blanchette and Meyer scored to cut it to 7-3.
Freshman right fielder Kayla Wenner kept things going by drawing a walk to move junior pinch runner Kelsey Klucas to second, and sophomore second baseman Erika Smyth blasted a three-run home run over the wall in left center to cut the Buckeyes' lead to 7-6. The home run was the second of the season for Smyth.
But the was as close as the Gophers could get, as Ohio State added two runs in the fourth, three more in the fifth and sealed the run-rule victory with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Minnesota closes out its regular season schedule with five home games, beginning with Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader against Green Bay at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. CT.