Tuesday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/10/2013

 

Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
 
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Bowling Green State University softball team swept Valparaiso Tuesday evening, defeating the Crusaders by a score of 6-3 in game one and 5-0 in game two. The out-of-conference sweep improves the Falcons’ overall record to 20-12.
 
Senior Paige Berger led the Falcons in game one with three hits, belting three singles with a run scored and an RBI. Junior Katie Yoho collected three RBI, thanks to a three-run homer in a 1-for-4 performance. Sophomore Paris Imholz (13-4) earned the victory, holding Valparaiso to just two earned runs and five hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Fellow sophomore Jamie Kertes pitched the final 1.1 innings in relief, allowing just one hit for her fourth save of the season.  
 
Bowling Green scored the first runs of the day in the top of the third inning, crossing home plate three times on three hits in the frame. With two outs, senior Hannah Fulk prolonged the inning with a walk, eventually moving to second base on a single from Berger in the following at bat. With two on and two out, Yoho belted her team-leading fifth home run of the season to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead.
 
Bowling Green added to its lead in the top of the sixth, scoring two more runs on five hits to take the 5-0 lead. Fulk once again started the scoring rally for the Falcons, sending a double to left field in the first at bat of the frame. Berger followed up with a single through the middle, bringing Fulk home from second base. A fielder’s choice and a pop out in foul territory would move a runner to second, allowing a single from junior Erika Stratton to bring home the final Falcon run of the inning.
 
Valparaiso started to storm back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs on two hits to cut the Bowling Green lead to 5-3. A bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning gave the Falcons an insurance run, however, pushing the Bowling Green lead to 6-3.
 
The Crusaders threatened in the bottom half of the final frame, loading the bases on one hit and two Falcon errors. With one out and three on, sophomore Chloe Giordano made a diving catch on a pop up to preserve the Bowling Green lead. In the final at bat of the game, Berger snagged a liner towards the right line for the third out, giving the Falcons a 6-3 game-one victory.
 
Bowling Green continued to cruise in game two, earning the 5-0 win for the sweep. Stratton led the Falcons with two hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Sophomore Emily McClelland also had a solid second game, going 1-for-2 with two RBI. Kertes (7-7) was credited with the win, striking out four Crusaders en route to a shutout win over the Crusaders.
 
The Falcons got on the board early in game two, scoring one run on two hits in the top of the first. Fulk led the game off with a double to right field, eventually moving to third on a double play later in the frame. Senior Adrienne Dick sent a single up the middle in the following at bat, bringing home Fulk for the first Falcon run of game two.
 
Bowling Green did its most damage in the top of the third inning, crossing home plate four times on four hits in the frame. With two outs and runners on second and third, Stratton came through with a big single down the right field side, bringing home two more BG runs. A double from freshman Marisa Shook and a walk to sophomore Chloe Giordano would load the bases, giving BG the chance to break the game wide open. McClelland sent another single down the right field side, bringing home another pair of Falcon runs to push the score to 5-0.
 
Valparaiso was unable to solve Kertes for the remainder of the contest, giving Bowling Green the game-two victory and the sweep.
 
The Falcons are back in action on Friday, April 12, when they take on the University at Buffalo in a conference doubleheader at Meserve Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
 
 
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Resilient defense and timely hitting helped the University of Akron softball team earn a pair of one-run victories on the road at Cleveland State Tuesday afternoon at Viking Field. The Zips came from behind in game one to win 3-2 on a last-inning sacrifice fly from Cassie Gleisner, and the pitching staff worked together in game two to hold off multiple rallies from the Vikings for a 5-4 victory.
 
With the doubleheader sweep, Akron (16-17) gave head coach Julie Jones her 400th career victory against her former program in Cleveland State (10-15).
 
"I am obviously very pleased with today's outcome, and the fact that our offense was able to produce a little more than we have over the last few games," Jones said. "We still have a little way to go, but we really stepped up and finished the job today when we needed to.
 
"It is awesome to be able to reach this milestone at the place I used to call home. Cleveland State was very good to me during my time there and to have this happen here in front of friends in family was very special."
 
Game One - Akron 3, Cleveland State 2
The Zips used a fourth-inning rally and some seventh inning magic to sneak by Cleveland State 3-2 in game one.
 
Erin Seiler tossed her 15th complete game of the season to improve to 10-11 in the circle, striking out four without allowing a walk.
 
CSU took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-out RBI double from its right fielder Alyson Broschk, but the Zips would start their climb out of the hole two frames later.
 
Kellie Roudabush started with a leadoff double down the left field line, and advanced to third when the catcher's throw rolled into center field in an attempt to pick her off second base. Alissa Birkhimer reached first safely on the ensuing error by the Viking second baseman and Roudabush scored Akron's first run of the day.
 
Iesha Mountain came in to run for Birkhimer and stole second on the very next pitch. The sophomore moved over to third on a passed ball, and a Jessica Schneider single to right would be enough to bring her home to tie the score at two.
 
The next few frames were quiet for both sides, until the top of the seventh when Erin Pond fired a leadoff single down the right field line. McKenzi Rhodes was hit by a pitch for the second time in as many at-bats, putting runners on first and second with no outs for Cassie Gleisner.
 
The runners would advance to second and third on another passed ball, and Gleisner delivered a sacrifice fly to center field, plating Pond for what would prove to be the winning run.
 
With two outs, a runner on first, and Cleveland State's best hitter at bat in the bottom of the seventh, Rhodes made a brilliant play behind the plate with a perfect throw to pick off the tying run at first, sealing the victory for the Zips.
 
Game Two - Akron 5, Cleveland State 4
The second inning and relief pitching were the keys to the game for Akron in round two, as the Zips went off for four runs on five hits in the second frame and UA made good use of three different pitchers to hang on for the 5-4 win.
 
MacKenzie Conrad notched her first victory of the season, throwing four and one-third innings. Three of the four runs she allowed were off Cleveland State solo home runs, but a strong relief effort from Lisa Lash and Seiler's first save helped to preserve the decision for Conrad.
 
The Zips picked up an early run in the first on a Rachael Ratcliffe sacrifice fly, but CSU quickly matched that with a one-run shot in the bottom half of the inning.
 
Pond singled to center field to start the second, and an identical hit from Rhodes and a bunt single from Gleisner loaded the bases for Akron. Roudabush stepped to the plate and drew a walk from a full count to bring in a run and force a Cleveland State pitching change.
 
It didn't matter for Birkhimer, who dug in for a double down the right field line, scoring Rhodes and Gleisner, and giving Ratcliffe a chance to do the same. Ratcliffe singled to bring one more run across and give Akron a comfortable 5-1 advantage.
 
Trouble started brewing in the bottom of the fifth when another CSU home run cut the deficit to one, and Lash came in to relieve Conrad. Entering Tuesday's games, Lash had just one other appearance on the season, but the sophomore hit her spots to get the Zips out of the inning.
 
She followed that up with a near-flawless performance in the bottom of the sixth to set the stage for Seiler, who entered in the bottom of the seventh to pick up her first save.
 
Akron returns to Mid-American Conference action this weekend in its first home games of the season when it hosts Ball State on Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Lee R. Jackson Field. The Zips will welcome Miami (Ohio) for single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
 
 
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Kent State softball team improved to 16-13-1 overall following its 4-3 victory in 11 innings in the opening game of a non-conference doubleheader today (April 9) against host Robert Morris (19-11-1) at the North Athletic Complex.  The nightcap ended when the Golden Flashes and Colonials played to a 2-2 tie after the game was called due to darkness following the seventh inning.
 
"I'm real proud of the way the kids have stayed mentally strong and found a way to win games late," Kent State head coach Karen Linder said.  "We just played an 11-inning game against Central Michigan on Sunday (a 5-4 win) and now had to come back to get this one.  The doubleheader against Robert Morris was a good opportunity for us to see two good left-handed pitchers (Geena Badolato and Nicole Sleith).  We changed our lineup around for both games to give us a chance to generate some more offense."
 
After playing to a 2-2 tie in seven regulation innings, the Golden Flashes won the opener on a two-run single to right field by junior Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) in the top of the 11th that scored junior Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio) and senior Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio).  The Flashes opened the 11th with Ledford placed on second base per international tiebreaker rules.
 
Robert Morris was able to plate one run in the bottom half of the frame.  Sophomore Tess Apke was placed on second and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by freshman Lauren Hackett, but that was as close as the Colonials would get.
 
Kent State received outstanding pitching performances from junior Lauren McNeil (Akron, Ohio) and sophomore Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio). 
 
McNeil, making her 14th start of the season, allowed five hits and two earned runs over 5.1 innings.  She struck out six and walked only one batter. 
 
Johnson came on in relief to pitch 5.2 hitless innings with 10 strikeouts to earn the victory and improve to 12-7 this spring.  She walked none and allowed just one unearned run.
 
The Flashes entered the opener with just five home runs as a team in 28 games this season, but got solo home runs from senior Lauren Balodis (North Royalton, Ohio) and senior Natalie Bagby (Westerville, Ohio). 
 
Balodis hit her first home run of the season to right center for a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.  Bagby then gave the Flashes a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth with her first career homer to left center.
 
"Balodis came up big with a double and home run," Linder said.  "Bagby's homer was just huge for us in this game."
 
Robert Morris tied the game when senior Maritza Jimenez drove home Apke in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single to right.
 
Kent State had runners on second and third in the top of the seventh, but freshman Chloe Kesterson (Everett, Wash.) was thrown out at home after trying to score on a fielder's choice by sophomore Dani Ramos (South Euclid, Ohio).
 
The Flashes received a solid pitching outing in the nightcap from freshman Alyssa Frankenfield (Pittsburgh, Pa.).  Making her first start, she allowed just one earned run on two hits over 4.1 innings while walking two and striking out four.
 
McNeil pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief while allowing just three hits.
 
Kent State broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning when freshman Lauren Kesterson (Everett, Wash.) advanced on a throwing error and scored an unearned run.  Junior Chelsea Siar homered to right center for Robert Morris in the bottom of the fourth to knot the game at 1-1.
 
The Flashes reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI single to center by freshman Michele Duffy (Phillipsburg, N.J.) that plated Grimes.  Robert Morris got an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth for what proved to be the final 2-2 score.
 
Kent State overcame five errors in the second game, but centerfielder Grimes came up with a stellar defensive play when she threw out Robert Morris freshman Ashley Gerhart at home with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
 
The Golden Flashes return to Mid-American Conference play this Friday (April 12) when they travel to Toledo for a doubleheader that is scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m.  The Flashes will then head to Bowling Green for single games on Saturday (April 13) at 2 p.m. and Sunday (April 14) at 1 p.m.
 
Kent State stands atop the MAC East Division with a 6-2 conference record.  Bowling Green is third in the East with a 4-4 mark.  Toledo is fourth in the MAC West with a 2-6 slate. 
 
"Every game in the MAC is a battle," Linder said.  "There's been a lot of close games this season, so we're going to have to score runs against both teams to win."
 
 
LEWISTON , NY - The University at Buffalo softball team increased its winning streak to four straight games with a doubleheader sweep of Niagara on Tuesday afternoon at the Niagara Softball Field.  Both victories went just the five-inning minimum, but for two very different reasons.  The first was an 8-0 run-rule victory, while the second was a 1-0 win shortened by rain.
 
UB got off to a quick start in the opener as junior starting pitcher Heather Ryder provided her own offense with an early two-run home run, scoring senior Alyssa Ward.  UB added four runs in the top of the second as senior Jessica Griffin doubled to center field, driving in junior Holly Luciano.  The Bulls put two runners in scoring position when junior Sammi Gallardo hit her team-leading sixth home run, a three-run shot to left center.
 
The Bulls added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning as Ward hit a one-out triple and then came in to score on a failed pickoff attempt by the Niagara catcher.  UB ended up loading the bases in the fifth and drove in the second run as Tori Pettine was hit by a pitch to drive in a run.
 
UB didn't need a whole lot of offense as Ryder pitched arguably her best game of the season, striking out four and giving up just four singles, while walking one.  The victory was Ryder's first of the season.  She also joined Luciano on the offensive end as the only two players with multi-hit games.
 
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Bulls got on the board in the top of the first and had it stand up as the weather quickly deteriorated.  Gallardo worked out a leadoff walk and then stole second.  She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Karly Nevez and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Ward.
 
Buffalo put runners on base in every inning up until the fifth, but it was unable to get another run home even after Nevez hit a one-out triple in the third.  Junior Tori Speckman  allowed six hits during the five-inning shutout, pitching in and out of trouble most of the afternoon.  In the third, Niagara had two runners on, when Speckman got a groundout to third base to end the inning.
 
In the fourth inning, Niagara made a two-out rally, putting runners on the corners, but freshman Ryleigh Fitzgerald snagged a hard line drive to short, ending that inning.
 
When the bottom of the fifth started, the rain started to pick up, but the Bulls needed to complete the inning for it to become an official game.  The Purple Eagles had a runner on second with two outs and Speckman had a full count on her batter when the umpires called for a rain delay with UB just one strike short of the official game. 
 
Following a 15-minute delay, the Bulls retook the field and Speckman got her batter to fly out to left field on the first pitch thrown.  The game was called immediately following that out, giving Buffalo the doubleheader sweep.
 
Speckman picked up her third win of the season as she struck out four in the five innings.  The Bulls recorded just four hits in the second game, their fewest over the last four games.
 
"We got outstanding pitching today and they worked themselves out of trouble when they needed to," said head coach Jen Teague.  "Our offensive effort in the first game was great, but we struggled a little from the plate in the second game.  We didn't let the weather affect us and made plays in the field."
 
The four-game winning streak for the Bulls is their longest since the 2009 season when they won eight in a row.  The Bulls also now own a five-game winning streak over Niagara,
 
The Bulls return to conference action on Friday afternoon as they head to Bowling Green for a doubleheader.  First pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm.
 
 
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State softball team started off a busy week with a pinch hit walk-off grand slam by junior Lauren Schroeder (Greenfield, Ind./New Palestine) for an 11-2 (5 inn.) victory over Butler Tuesday afternoon at the BSU Softball Complex.
 
The Cardinals, winners of 13 out of their last 14 games, improve to 24-11 on the season with the victory. The Bulldogs drop to 12-18 with the loss.
 
Overall, Ball State’s sluggers blasted five home runs in the win with junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert connecting for a pair of two-run blasts and senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter adding a pair of solo bombs.
 
With her two home runs, Gilbert raised her career total to 48 which ties her for second in Mid-American Conference history. She also upped her career RBI total to 161 which is six shy of the league record.
 
Carpenter’s two home runs raised her career total to 21 which is fourth in program history, while her 141 career RBI are third.
 
Freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker earned the victory in the circle, improving to 9-2 on the season by limiting Butler to just four hits and a pair of runs over 4.0 innings of work. She also struck out a pair of batters.
 
Redshirt junior Audra Sanders pitched the final inning for the Cardinals, retiring all three batters she faced including a strikeout.
 
BSU’s first two runs came in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff single by sophomore second baseman Taylor Cox was followed by a one-out two-run home run from Gilbert. Cox finished the game 3-for-3 and scored twice.
 
Sophomore right fielder Hanne Stuedemann gave BSU a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a RBI single up the middle. Sophomore catcher Jessica Craft scored on the play after being hit by a pitch and advancing to second on a Cox one-out single.
 
Carpenter extended the Cardinals’ lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third with her first home run of the game, a one-out solo shot to left-center field.
 
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the fourth, cutting the BSU lead to 4-2, on a two-out single from Audrey East which was followed by RBI doubles from Maria Leichty and Krista Hakola.
 
However, Gilbert would give Ball State its four-run edge back in the bottom of the inning with her second two-run shot of the day which also drove in Cox who singled with one out.
 
Carpenter led off the fifth inning with her second home run to give BSU a 7-2 edge. After a walk to freshman third baseman Emily Dabkowski led to a Butler pitching change, a walk to freshman shortstop Selena Reyna and another hit-by-pitch on Craft loaded the bases.
 
In another clutch pinch hitting performance, Schroeder would then launch the first pitch she saw deep over the center field wall for the walk-off victory.
 
The Ball State softball team returns to action Wednesday with a scheduled 3 p.m. doubleheader at in-state rival Purdue. The games will be broadcast live on Sports Link Radio WCRD 91.3 FM and online at BallStateSports.com.
 
 
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped a pair of games against the IPFW Mastodons Tuesday, April 9, at the IPFW Softball Field. The Eagles (10-21-1) fell 10-2 in five innings in the opener of the doubleheader, while the Mastodons (18-8) scored a run in the bottom half of the eighth in the second game to take the nightcap of the twinbill.
 
Game One
Eastern managed just one hit in the first game but were able to push a pair across the plate. Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) had the Eagles only hit, while Aoife Duffy (Powell, Ohio-Olentangy Liberty) picked up the first RBI of her career.
 
Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) made the start for EMU. Wells (0-11) was touched up for six runs on four hits in just 0.1 innings of work. Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) tossed the final 4.1 innings and surrendered four runs on five hits, while walking four. Miranda Kramer (10-4) tossed a complete game and allowed just one hit.
 
IPFW's bats came out thundering in the first game as they scored eight runs on six hits in the first inning. After getting the first Mastodon batter on strikes, Wells was touched for a pair of hits, then walked two in-a-row to score the first run of the game. Wells made an early exit after surrendering three runs. Ignowski inherited a bases loaded jam and allowed five more runs to cross the plate, three of which were charged to Wells in the first as IPFW took an 8-0 lead after an inning of play.
 
The Eagles were able to score a pair in the top of the fifth. Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) led the inning off with a hit by pitch. Stanton poked the Eagles' only hit of the game with a single through the left side. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Coquillard crossed the plate on a wild pitch to score the Eagles first run, making it 8-1. Duffy was able to pick-up the Eagles' only run batted in on a groundout that scored Stanton from third making it 8-2 and ending EMU's scoring for game one.
 
The Mastodons put softball's run-rule in effect in the bottom half of the fifth when they scored a pair of runs on three hits to give them the final 10-2 tally.
 
Game Two
The Eagles posted 10 hits in the second half of the doubleheader. Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and runs scored, while driving in one. Duffy posted her first career multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 in the extra inning loss. Elaine Whitbeck (Holland, Mich.-West Ottawa) went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Coquillard and Stanton had the Eagles other two RBI in the second game of the twinbill.
 
Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) got the start for EMU, going 6.2 innings and surrendering four runs on 12 hits. Wells (0-12) was the tough luck loser in game two as well after being charged with a run in 0.1 innings of work. Kramer (11-4) earned her second win of the day tossing the eighth inning for IPFW without allowing a run.
 
EMU opened the scoring in the top of the first. Herron had a two-out single and stole second to get into scoring position. Coquillard hit an infield single which scored Herron to give Eastern an early 1-0 lead in the first.
 
The Eagles doubled their lead in the third, when Whitbeck led off the inning with a bunt base hit. Whitbeck advanced on a fielding error to put runners at first and second. Nicholson was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to load the bases. Herron used a fielder's choice to give EMU a 2-0 lead.
 
Alex Bousquet ripped a solo homer to left field to bring IPFW within one, 2-1. The Mastodons then tied it up in the fifth when Hilary Kartman singled to center field scoring Dani Pugh.
 
The Eagles retook the lead in the sixth. Duffy led off with a single and Abby Davidson (Westerville, Ohio-Olentangy Orange) pinch ran for Duffy and later scored on an error by the Mastodons' second baseman to put EMU up 3-2. EMU added another run to its lead in the seventh, Herron scored on Stanton's one-out double to put the Eagles in position to win the nightcap.
 
IPFW did not go away quietly in the seventh. They added a pair to tie it up on three hits and send it into extra innings. EMU did not score in their half of the eighth keeping it tied, 4-4, in the bottom of the inning. Ashleigh Bousquet walked to lead off the inning and then moved to scoring position on a wild pitch by Wells, which finished her day in the circle. Ignowski allowed a pair of base hits to score the Mastodons' final run and walking off with the 5-4 win.
 
Eastern continues their seven-game road trip Wednesday, April 10, when they head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the No. 12-ranked Wolverines of the University of Michigan. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.
 
 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Western Michigan softball faced its fourth nationally ranked team of the season on Tuesday evening, falling, 8-0, to No. 12 Michigan at Alumni Field.
 
The Broncos suffered through a treacherous first inning as the Wolverines racked up eight runs on seven hits and four walks, but that output was all that Michigan would get.
 
Mackenzie Shepeck came into the game with two outs and runners on first and second.  She gave up one hit to load the bases but punched out the last batter to end the inning.  It would be one of only five total hits Shepeck would give up during her 3.1 innings of work as Michigan was held scoreless the rest of the way.
 
Western Michigan had its chances to climb back into the game, stranding the bases loaded in the second and three more over the next three innings but the Broncos could not scratch out a run to extend the game past five innings.
 
The Broncos collected three hits on the day.  Caity Pixley recorded her fourth double of the season, while Diana Patterson extended her hitting streak to two games.  Christina Pigozzi, who started the game behind the plate and finished at shortstop, also recorded her 20th hit of the season.
 
Four Wolverines had multi-hit days led by Caitlin Blanchard's 3-for-3 performance with three RBIs.  Amy Knapp had two of the Wolverines' three extra base hits on the day with a double and a triple.
 
Western Michigan will dust itself off and take the field in less than 24 hours, taking on Michigan State at Secchia Stadium at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (19-16, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) ran into a tough Ohio State (23-14, 3-6 Big Ten) squad on Tuesday night, falling twice to the visiting Buckeyes. Ohio State won the first game of the evening by a final score of 4-2 before earning a 6-1 win in the final contest. 
 
In a two-game series which featured solid pitching by both teams, Ohio hit .143 as a team in its 49 at bats. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) led the way offensively for the Green and White, going 3-4 and driving in three runs. All three of her hits were solo home runs, and she was responsible for all three of the Bobcat runs which crossed the plate throughout the course of the two games.
 
“I’ve just been feeling really comfortable in the (batter’s) box,” Gellerman said. “I just saw the ball and hit it, and wasn’t really thinking too much.”
 
With her three home runs on the day, Gellerman re-claimed the title of single-season home run leader from teammate Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Was.). Gellerman now has 17 home runs in 2013, breaking Colvin’s mark of 15 set on April 5.
 
“I think it’s a low-key competition,” Gellerman said. “I’m happy for her whenever she hits home runs and I think it’s the same way for her. We’re roommates and we’re both always happy for each other when we’re hitting home runs and helping out the team.” 
 
Game One: Ohio 2, Ohio State 4 
Ohio State threatened early in the first game, loading the bases in the top of the first inning with just one out. Freshman pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) was able to get out of the jam quickly, retiring the next two batters to defuse the threat.
 
Ohio took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, jumping out to a 1-0 advantage when Gellerman hit a solo home run over the scoreboard in center field to cap a nine-pitch at bat. The home run was Gellerman’s 15th of the season, tying her with Colvin for the single-season program record.
 
The game took a drastic turn in the top of the fifth inning, when Ohio State scored four runs on two hits. With two runners on base, Cammi Prantl broke up Dorsey’s no-hitter with a sharp shot down the left-field line. This drove in one run and put runners on first and third. Leesa Gresham then stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run to left center field to give the Buckeyes a 4-1 advantage. 
 
Gellerman hit another solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull the ‘Cats within two runs (4-2). Ohio was then able to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t quite find the tying hit in the final stages of the game.
 
Game Two: Ohio 1, Ohio State 6 
Ohio ran into a great pitching performance in the second game of the evening, as Ohio state’s Alex DiDomenico struck out 17 Bobcat batters en route to picking up a complete-game victory.
 
Evelyn Carrillo got the Buckeyes off to a strong start in the top of the first inning, driving in one run with a two-out double to right center field to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 advantage following the conclusion of the top of the first inning.
 
DiDomenico proved unhittable through the first two innings for the Buckeyes, striking out the first six Bobcat batters she faced. She received additional run support in the top of the third inning when Taylor Watkins hit a two-run shot to center field and Maddy McIntyre spun a triple over the third-base bag to bring around another runner, making it 4-0.
 
Gellerman then hit her third home run in the third inning, putting the ‘Cats on the board and pulling them within three runs (4-1).
 
With two outs and one on, Taylor Watkins hit a home run to right center field to give OSU a 6-1 advantage.
 
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, April 12 against Miami. First pitch between the Bobcats and RedHawks is set for 1 p.m. from the Ohio Softball Field.