Ohio Softball Sweeps Michigan

Updated 5/3/2000

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 3, 2000) -- After eight times being on the losing end of its 11 one-run games this season, Ohio University posted a pair of impressive single-run victories in sweeping 13th-ranked University of Michigan in a non-conference softball doubleheader.

The Bobcats (16-25) won the opener 1-0 in eight innings, then battled back for a 3-2 win in the nightcap to spoil the final regular-season home appearance of the Michigan (38-13-1) senior class.

The teams went down in order in the first two innings of the opener before Ohio posted one hit and Michigan two in the third inning. U-M pitcher Marissa Young retired the Ohio side in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and forced a pair of flyouts and stranded a runner at second in the seventh inning. Bobcat starter Kasey Dowd (Clearwater, Fla.) was just as impressive retiring the side in the fourth and the fifth innings.

Bobcats left-hander Christy Connelly (Antioch, Tenn.) took the mound in the sixth. Despite loading the bases on a walk, a hit batter and a single, Ohio held Michigan scoreless by forcing two outs at home and a long right field flyout to end the Wolverine threat.

Both teams were scoreless until the eighth inning. Sophomore Tiffany Bolton (Fairfax, Va.) singled to centerfield in the top of the eighth to end the scoreless game and send Jennifer Schmidt (Fort Wayne, Ind.) home for the game-winning run. Heather Hagen (Huntington Beach, Calif.), the third Bobcat pitcher, posted the win (5-10) and helped hold U-M to four singles. Schmidt was 3-of-3 in the game as well as scoring the game-winning run.

Neither team wasted time getting on the scoreboard in the second game. Ohio went ahead 1-0 on Jen Sewell's (Tulsa, Okla.) RBI double down the leftfield line in the top of the first. Michigan countered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning when am Kosanke doubled to left centerfield to score Stefanie Volpe and Melissa Taylor.

U-M held the Bobcats in check until the sixth inning when reliever Marie Barda loaded the bases, then gave up a one-out infield single up the middle by Lindsay Eirich (Powell) that scored a pair of runners and gave Ohio the 3-2 win. Hagen allowed just three Michigan hits and struck out eight in her complete game victory (6-10) while Barda (15-6) took the loss.