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Softball: Ohio State comes away with five wins in three days during FAU Classic

Ohio State junior Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The Lantern

Ohio State left Boca Raton, Florida, with five wins in the Florida Atlantic Classic, sweeping the event and winning three games by at least eight runs.

Northern Illinois

The Buckeyes began the weekend with a 9-1 win against Northern Illinois in a six-inning game. The Huskies were first to score in the first inning, but the Buckeyes quickly got back on track in the bottom of the third when junior infielder Lilli Piper and senior infielder Ashley Goodwin combined to drive in four runs in the inning.

Junior catcher Emily Clark hit a grand slam, just the second of her career, in the fourth inning to put the game well out of reach at 8-1. The Buckeyes added another run in the sixth.

Duke

Ohio State faced Duke later in the afternoon Friday and managed to pull out a 5-2 win.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the first inning on a sacrifice fly before Duke pulled ahead on a two-RBI double in the latter half of the inning.

Ohio State managed to get back on top when Piper drove a double to right to give her team a 3-2 lead. The Buckeyes added two more runs in the seventh.

Florida Atlantic

Ohio State continued its winning ways into the first game on Saturday with a 10-1 against the Owls.

The Buckeyes scored a run in the top of the second, but blew the game open in the fourth inning when three Ohio State batters combined to drive in four runs with two more scoring on an error to bring the game to 7-0.

Ohio State and Florida Atlantic each traded runs in the fifth inning, but freshman infielder Niki Carver drove her first career home run out to push Ohio State’s lead to 10-1.

Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts, giving up only two hits to hold Florida Atlantic to one run for the entire game. She also added a pair of hits, including an RBI.

Northern Illinois

For the second time this weekend, the Buckeyes took on the Huskies and for the second time, Ohio State came away with a win, beating Northern Illinois 10-2.

Junior pitcher Morgan Ray managed a career-high 12 strikeouts, half of which took place in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Buckeyes got off to an early 5-0 lead, and although the Huskies responded with two runs in the bottom of the second, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback. Ohio State eventually added more to the scoreboard, including a home run from Piper to lead off the sixth inning.

Boston University

Ohio State capped off its three-day weekend in Boca Raton with a walk-off single from Piper in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 win against Boston University on Sunday.

The Terriers got the game started with a run in the first inning and later got out to a 2-1 advantage, but McCombs launched a home run in the bottom of the sixth to send the game into extra innings. Piper later delivered her game-winning hit to give the Buckeyes the series sweep.

Ohio State will face North Carolina State in the first game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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