Lilli Piper homered in the seventh inning to give Ohio State the lead and the Buckeyes (33-15, 15-8) held on for a 3-2 victory over host Illinois (36-17, 14-8) in a Big Ten softball game.

Shelby McCombs (6-1) pitched a complete game for the Buckeyes, who finished their regular season and wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Pairings will be announced today.