Ohio State managed only one run and four hits while falling to Longwood 3-1 in softball in an NCAA regional elimination game Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee.
After qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team for the second straight year, the Buckeyes (35-18) went 0-2 in Knoxville. They lost Friday to South Carolina-Upstate.
Alex Vargas doubled home Taylor White, who had singled to open the seventh inning, for OSU's only runagainst Sydney Gay. The sophomore starter went the distance for Longwood (29-28), striking out two and walking one. Vargas' double was the Buckeyes' only extra-base hit off Gay.
OSU starter Shelby McCombs allowed three runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings, with four walks and four strikeouts.
Longwood, located in Farmville, Virginia, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Glenn Walters. The Lancers scored twice in the fifth on RBI doubles by Kaylynn Batten and Jordan Clark.
Severe weather in Sugar Grove, Illinois, near Chicago, forced the cancellation of Saturday’s second round of the NCAA women’s championships. Stroke play will be trimmed to 54 holes, with the top eight teams advancing to match play starting Tuesday.
Ohio State is tied for third with Arizona State, Baylor and Stanford, 10 shots behind leader Northwestern. August Kim of Purdue and Elodie Van Dievoet of Michigan are the top individuals at even-par 72. Katja Pogacar is tied for fifth at 2-over 74 to lead the Buckeyes.
A late rally by Ohio State fell short in a season-ending, 4-3 loss to Indiana (32-20-2, 14-9-1) at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes failed to qualify for the Big Ten tournament.
OSU (22-34, 8-16) allowed two early runs and trailed 4-1 after seven innings. Jalen Washington hit a two-run homer off B.J. Sabol after Tre Gantt's leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth, but the Buckeyes couldn't get the tying run across. Brady Cherry had a two-out double in the eighth but was stranded on third. Shea Murray reached on a fielding error to open the ninth but made it only as far as second.
Gantt doubled and scored in the bottom of the first to make it 1-1, and Washington had three hits for OSU.
Seth Kinker (3-1) got the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one. Indiana's Cal Krueger (4-2) limited the Buckeyes to one run on five hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and three walks. Matt Lloyd earned his ninth save by pitching the final 1 2/3 innings, and he added three hits and an RBI as the designated hitter.