It’s been a wild ride for Ohio State softball this season. From record-breaking at-bats, to some pretty surprising series defeats, the 2018 campaign had a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes. After going 1-2 on the weekend — but winning the regular season finale in spectacular fashion — the ladies finished the regular season 34-13 (and 14-8 in Big Ten contents).
The team wrapped up their year with a run-rule win over Michigan on Sunday. It wasn’t a full series sweep of the rival Wolverines, but a 10-1 victory to end the season isn’t all that bad — especially against the No. 14 ranked team in the country. Embarrassing Michigan is always fun, and the Buckeyes did just that, handing TTUN their first run-rule loss at home since 2000.
Ohio State was quick to get on the board, beginning with Lilli Piper’s 19th (!!!) home run of the season — tying the program’s single-season record. Emily Clark followed that up be being walked, with Niki Carver moving the runner to second base with a single. Ashley Goodwin brought the two home with a two-RBI single.
The Buckeyes didn’t slow down with quality at-bats throughout the next several innings. Piper wasn’t the only one with a home run on Sunday, Shelby McCombs was a big contributor at the plate with a three-run shot in the second inning — her 13th of the season.
This is the second-straight year that Ohio State has beat Michigan in their series finale, and the Buckeyes even forced TTUN to commit a season-high four errors.
The Buckeyes were able to bounce back for Sunday’s beatdown, after two tough losses earlier in the weekend. Their first contest was a close 2-3 loss to the Wolverines on Friday, followed by an 8-run shut-out loss on Saturday.
The regular season may be over, but there is still plenty of softball left to play, with the Big Ten Tournament getting underway on Thursday, May 10. The Buckeyes are the No. 5 seed, and will face Iowa at 8 p.m. ET.