Ohio State softball wins two on Saturday to run win streak to 10-straight games
If you haven’t been paying attention — what with the madness of March and all — the Ohio State softball team is on fire as of late. That continued on Saturday with two more wins that ran the Buckeyes’ winning streak to 10-straight games.
The ninth-straight win came behind a 14-strikeout performance by Allison smith in a 5-2 victory over Presbyterian in the Jolly Roger Invite in Greenville, North Carolina. OSU then followed that up with an impressive 9-2 win over host East Carolina in the second game of the day.
The streaking Buckeyes are now 16-7 on the season and will finish up its spring break trip at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday vs. Cleveland State.
Here’s how things played out on Saturday thanks to some notes from the Ohio State Department of Athletics.
Ohio State 5, Presbyterian 2 – Game Notes
Smith set a new career high with 14 strikeouts and the Buckeyes’ offense was paced by two RBI each from Mariah Rodriguez and Kaitlyn Farley.
After falling behind 1-0 after the first inning, the Buckeyes struck back with two in the top of the second and another in the third to grab a 3-1 lead.
The Buckeyes’ offense gave Smith insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings. She scattered six hits over seven innings to pick up her eighth win of the year.
Rodriguez finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Over the seven games Ohio State has played this week, she’s batting .400 with two doubles, seven RBIs, and four runs scored.
Smith’s win was her third this week. In those starts, she’s allowed just two earned runs and has 41 strikeouts.
Ohio State 9, East Carolina 2 – Game Notes
Ohio State’s offense was paced by junior Destinee Noury, who drove in four runs. Her biggest hit of the night was a three-run double in the fourth inning that gave the Buckeyes a 6-1 advantage.
Noury also added an RBI in the sixth inning.
Emily Ruck made her third start of the week and second of the weekend. She went a full seven innings, allowing just five hits and two earned runs.
This week, Ruck is 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA in 15.0 innings of action.
Melina Wilkison continued to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases.
Wilkison was one of five players who had multiple hits. Overall, the Buckeyes’ 14-hit attack was the second-highest output of the season.
Kaitlyn Farley went 4-for-6 on the day with two doubles and two runs scored.
Mariah Rodriguez also had four hits on the day while Wilkison had five.
𝐌𝐀𝐊𝐄 𝐈𝐓 𝟏𝟎 𝐈𝐍 𝐀 𝐑𝐎𝐖
The #Buckeyes run their winning streak to double digits with a 9-2 victory over East Carolina ‼️#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/BNvvu4cW7I
— Ohio State Softball (@OhioStateSB) March 18, 2023
After Sunday’s game, Ohio State will finally head to Columbus to get things going at home. The Buckeyes will play Kent State on Tuesday at Buckeye Field.
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