COLUMBUS, Ohio (Purdue Sports) – The Ohio State softball team evened the series with Purdue with an 8-0 win over the Boilermakers on Saturday. Purdue managed two hits in the game, while the Buckeyes posted eight runs on 11 hits.
Senior Andie Varsho and freshman Katy McJunkin each had a single for the Boilers.
Olivia O’Reilly (9-5) picked up the complete-game victory for OSU, while three pitchers saw time in the circle for Purdue. Junior Lexy Moore (4-8) struck out two in two and a third innings and was saddled with the loss. Junior Alex Whittemore and senior Lauren Grant also pitched for the Boilers.
The Boilers escaped a bases loaded jam in the first inning. OSU filled the bases on an error, a walk and a single, but a fielder’s choice play at the plate and a looking strikeout kept the Buckeyes off the scoreboard.
Purdue put a runner in scoring position in the second as McJunkin sent a two-out single through the right side and went to second on a wild pitch. An infield grounder left her stranded.
The Boilermakers loaded the bases in the third, but could not cash in. Sophomore Sydney Pencek drew a leadoff walk. Varsho added a one-out single and senior Tori Chiodo walked. A strikeout and liner to the second baseman kept the game tied at 0-0.
Ohio State broke the scoreless tie with three runs on four hits and an error in the third. The Buckeyes paired a leadoff walk with a double to the right center gap for the score. Two more singles to the outfield made it 3-0 and brought Whittemore into the game to pitch.
The Buckeyes tacked on a run on two hits and an error in the fourth. A fielding error after a pair of singles scored the run and put runners at the corners, but a pair of ground outs kept OSU from adding more.
A pair of walks put Pencek and Chiodo on base in the fifth, but a fly ball to the warning track wrapped up the stanza.
Ohio State loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batsman and a bunt single in the fifth, but the Boilers got a fielder’s choice play at the plate for the first out. A sharp single back at the pitcher and another to left field brought in two runs. Grant took over in the circle and forced a fly ball to the outfield, but an error allowed the final two runs of the game.
The Boilermakers (21-20-1, 8-3 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (20-19, 6-5 Big Ten) will play the final game of the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.