The Ohio State women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in as many years with a 4-1 victory over South Carolina in a round of 16 match on Friday in Athens, Georgia.
OSU and South Carolina split the first two doubles matches before Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz downed Rachel Rohrabacher and Caroline Dailey 6-3 for the point.
Sandy Niehaus, Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase all took their respective singles matches for the win.
The Buckeyes (31-2), winners of 17 straight, tied a team record for victories and can set a new mark against Texas Tech at noon Sunday.
Back-to-back home runs rallied Ohio State to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, but South Carolina-Upstate answered with five runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Ohio State 7-3 in an NCAA Regional in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Buckeyes (35-17) will play Longwood (28-28) in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. today.
Down 2-0, the Buckeyes had three of their five hits in the sixth inning — a leadoff single by Bri Betschel, a two-out homer by Lilli Piper, her 18th, followed by Emily Clark's 10th home run of the season — to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead.
But Upstate put its first eight batters on base with five hits, with just two leaving the infield. OSU also committed three errors, and had a wild pitch and a passed ball. Morgan Ray, who relieved Shelby Hursh in the fifth, took the loss after 1 1/3 innings, including facing the first five batters of the seventh.
Ohio State was in a four-way tie for third place after the opening round of the NCAA Championships at Sugar Grove, Illinois.
The Buckeyes shot a 23-over par 311 as a team, tied with Arizona State, Baylor and Stanford. All trail Northwestern by 12 strokes for the lead and second-place Kent State by 10 shots.
Katja Pogacar led OSU with 2-over 74, tied for fifth individually. She was even through 16 holes before a double-bogey on 17.
Indiana jumped on the Buckeyes for seven runs in the third inning on the way to an 8-4 Big Ten win at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Hoosiers (31-20-2, 13-9-1) tallied seven runs on seven hits, including a triple and two doubles, to chase Buckeye's starter Jake Post out of the game after 2 2/3 innings.
In the bottom of the third, Brady Cherry hit a two-run double and scored on a single by Connor Pohl to cut the deficit to 7-3, but the Buckeyes (22-33, 8-15) were held hitless until the seventh inning.
Indiana's Pauly Milton struck out eight through six innings for the win. OSU's Adam Niemeyer pitched 6 1/3 innings in relief, allowing a run on five hits.