May 20, 2004 - by
Ohio State Eliminates Bethune-Cookman, 2-0, in 10 Innings

May 20, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In the first extra inning game of the 2004 NCAA Division I Softball Tallahassee Regional, the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Bethune-Cookman 2-0 in 10 innings Thursday at the Seminole Softball Complex. With the win, Ohio State improved to 35-24 and will play at 5:30 Friday. BCC ends it season 44-28.

OSU’s Chelsea Baker was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning and after being bunted to second by Natalie Hales, advanced to third base on a throwing error. Leadoff hitter Karisa Evans grounded out to second base which scored what turned out to be the game-winning run. Hales scored on a bunt single by Nycole Koyano.

OSU’s Jamee Juarez got the complete game victory and improved to 13-10. BCC’s Viveca Patterson pitched one and a third innings and got the loss and finished the season 9-7.

Both teams had opportunities to score in regulation. Bethune threatened in the first inning with runners on second on third with two out, but did not score. In the fifth inning, the Wildcats had two hits but stranded two runners once again. Chloe Thomas and Rhoenita Yancey each singled in the inning. In the Wildcats’ seventh, Jamie Tanksley led off with a single to right field to start things off. With one out, BCC had two runners on after an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Tiaia Tagaloa but the next batter, Shaterra Davis lined into a double play to end the inning.

Ohio State went hitless through the first four innings and had just one base runner, who reached on an error, during that stretch. But in the Buckeye fifth, with one out, Kristi DeVries doubled down the left field line. The next batter, Breana Pozzi, walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch and steal. But the next two batters popped out dismissing Ohio State’s chances to score. Ohio State left two more runners on base in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Billie Jo Carder singled while DeVries reached on an error, but the next two batters flied and popped out to end the inning.

Both teams had a hit and stranded one runner in the eighth inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Wildcats led off with a single by Tiffany Bowser and went on to load the bases with a sacrifice bunt and intentional walk but Davis hit a ball right to third base and she tagged the base for the force out to end the inning.

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