COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The Ball State (28-12) softball team saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end with an 8-0 (5 inn.) non-conference loss to Ohio State (27-14) Wednesday evening at Buckeye Field.
The Cardinals will now turn their attention back to league play, when they host Miami for single games Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at the BSU Softball Complex. The Cardinals enter with week with a perfect 12-0 record in Mid-American Conference action, while Miami is currently 9-3 in league play.
Saturday’s contest versus Miami will serve as the team’s annual Think Pink game. In support of cancer awareness, the Cardinals will wear special pink jerseys for the contest, which will then be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Cancer Services of East Central Indiana - Little Red Door.
Other auction items include gift cards from local businesses, as well as a Breast Cancer Awareness Luggage Set. Fans can start their bidding now by visiting http://ballstatesports.com/softball and clicking on the link to the “Think Pink Auction”.
In addition, the game’s ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Tasha Rinehart, who is currently fighting breast cancer. Tasha is the sister of current Ball State freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker.
Ball State Sports Link TV will also be making its return to the BSU Softball Complex this weekend with live coverage of the Miami series. Kevin Thurman, Katie Hargitt and Ben Johnston will cover the action live as it occurs on the field, while Peter Loomis and Sydnee Toshclog will produce the games along with Luke Magsamen.
Indiana Comcast 81 will carry the games live statewide, and both games will also be streamed for FREE on BallStateSports.com. The games will also be played back later in the week on Comcast 81, check your local listings for more details on playback times.
In Wednesday’s loss to the Buckeyes, sophomore right fielder Loren Cihlar collected the Cardinals’ lone hits in the game, going 2-for-2 at the plate with singles in both the second and fifth innings.
After two scoreless innings, the Buckeyes took advantage of a two-run double from Cammi Pranti and a BSU error to score three runs in the bottom of the third.
Ohio State extended its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Taylor Watkins followed by Pranti’s second two-run hit of the game, a single to center field.
OSU ended the game one inning later thanks to a two-run homer from Shelby Pickett.
The Buckeye’s Alex DiDomenico (12-6) picked up the win in the contest by limiting the Cardinals to just two hits over five innings.
Despite recording three strikeouts, freshman Schifferdecker (10-3) suffered the loss after giving up six hits and five runs (four earned) over 3.0 innings of work.
Audra Sanders pitched the final inning-and-a-third, yielding three hits and three runs.