Softball | Ohio State 9, Illinois 2: Emily Clark has grand slam in Buckeyes' win

Catcher Emily Clark hit her second grand slam of the season in Ohio State's 9-2 win over Illinois. [Dispatch file photo]

Emily Clark had a grand slam to help Ohio State beat Illinois 9-2 at Buckeye Field.

Ohio State (31-14, 14-5) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the third inning on RBI singles from Ashley Prange, Kaitlyn Coffman and Claire Nicholson. Illinois (27-21, 6-13) scored a run in the fourth and another in the sixth to cut into OSU’s lead before Clark’s slam in the sixth.

It was Clark's second grand slam of the season.

The Buckeyes finished with 10 hits.

Lauren Rice was credited with the win after giving up two earned runs and seven hits in five innings.