Story Courtsey of Ohio Media Relations
AKRON, Ohio - Central Michigan starter Kari Seddon was perfect through seven innings, but the Ohio softball team pounded out four runs in the eighth to lift the Bobcats to a 4-0 victory over the sixth-seeded Chippewas on Thursday night at Firestone Stadium in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament Quarterfinals.
Senior Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) led off the eighth inning with a walk. After a single by sophomore designated player Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.), pinch hitter Chelsea Hortman (New Palestine, Ind.) plated pinch runner Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) to score the first run of the game. Hortman singled to second base.
After a run scored on an Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) fielder's choice to make the score 2-0, junior Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) hit a two-RBI triple to the centerfield wall that went past a diving Ashley Gilson. Joseph grew the lead to 4-0, one night after she scored the game-winning run against Miami in the first round.
Wethington took to the circle in the bottom of the eighth and set down the Chippewas in order to end the game. The win was her 20th of the season. Wethington, the program's all-time leader in wins, is now 20-10 this year.
Central Michigan (30-20) stranded seven runners on base including two in the second and fourth. During the bottom of the second, play was halted for three hours and 13 minutes as the result of a rain and lightning delay.
The Chippewas entered the delay with runners on first and second with two outs, but when play resumed Wethington got Cory DeLamielleure to strike out swinging to end the frame. It was one of three Wethington strikeouts in the game.
Hortman's single in the eighth, which proved to be the game-winner, was her second such hit in six days. She also had the game-winning base hit in game one of a doubleheader against Bowling Green in the top of the seventh.
With the win, the fourth in a row for Ohio (25-21), the Bobcats advance to the MAC Semifinals on Friday evening. The Green and White will take on MAC West Division and regular season champion Western Michigan. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.