Morgan Ray pitched a no-hitter and Kaitlyn Coffman and Lilli Piper each homered as the Ohio State softball team defeated Illinois 9-0 in five innings Friday at Buckeye Field.
Ray faced 15 batters, striking out five and walking one.
Ohio State (30-14, 13-5 Big Ten) collected 10 hits. Bri Betschel, Ashley Prange and Coffman each had two hits.
Track and field
Sade Olatoye broke a school record in the women's hammer throw with her heave of 67.49 meters on the first day of the Jesse Owens Classic. The junior won by 5.26 meters over second-place Erin Reese of Indiana State.
Iowa hit a pair of home runs to defeat Ohio State 4-2 at Bill Davis Stadium. Brendan Sher’s solo homer in the third inning opened the scoring for Iowa (25-15, 10-6 Big Ten), and Zeb Adreon’s home run in the ninth ended a comeback bid by Ohio State (23-19, 6-7). Brent Todys led the Buckeyes, going 2 for 4 with an RBI. OSU's Garrett Burhenn (5-3) took the loss, giving up two earned runs and five hits while striking out seven in eight innings.
Top-ranked Ohio State beat Minnesota 4-0 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The top-seeded Buckeyes got singles wins from JJ Wolf, John McNally and Martin Joyce. Wolf and Joyce prevailed in their doubles match, as did Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig. OSU will face Michigan in a semifinal on Saturday. Ohio State defeated Michigan 6-1 in their match during the regular season.
Ohio State fell to Northwestern 4-0 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fifth-seeded Northwestern earned straight-set singles wins from Clarissa Hand, Julie Byrne and Caroline Pozo. Fourth-seeded Ohio State’s Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf won their doubles match, beating Hand and Lee Or 6-2, but Northwestern claimed the doubles point on wins from Hanna McColgan and Byrne, and Inci Ogut and Rheeya Doshi. The NCAA championship field will be announced Monday.
Ohio State sits in 11th place after the first round of the Big Ten championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch each shot 1-over-par 71 to lead the Buckeyes, who shot 296. Purdue leads at 282.