Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (19-22) ran into a tremendous pitching performance by one of the NCAA’s top strikeout leaders on Wednesday night, falling twice to visiting Marshall (29-17) by final scores of 4-0 and 3-2. Andi Williamson pitched a complete-game shutout in the first contest of the evening and then came on to earn the win in the second. The senior struck out 28 batters in 13 innings of work en route to earning two wins.
Ohio pitchers put together two solid outings as well, allowing just a combined five earned runs and 11 hits. Marshall was able to score these runs at the most opportune of times, however, in order to pick up two straight wins over the Bobcats.
Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) was the lone Bobcat to record two hits on Wednesday, as she went 2-6 at the plate. Lex Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) collected Ohio’s sole extra base hit of the evening, a rocket of a double which banged off of the right centerfield wall in the first inning of the second game.
Inside the pitching circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) and Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) each kept their ERAs at 4.00 or below. McClary struck out nine while Dorsey set a new career high with 11 strikeouts in the second game of the day.
Marshall took an early lead, plating three runs in the top of the second inning. With one runner on third, Savanah Webster singled through the left side, putting Marshall on the board with the opening run of the afternoon. A few batters later, Kaelynn Greene roped a two-RBI single to put the ‘Herd up 3-0.
McClary bounced back well in the top of the third inning, striking out the side in order.
In the top of the fourth, Webster continued her strong day at the plate, hitting a solo shot deep over the right center field wall to make it 4-0 in favor of the visitors. The home run was her third of the season.
Andi Williamson hit her stride in the middle stages of the game, striking out nine Bobcats in a row during a stretch which spanned the third, fourth, and fifth innings.
Cortez got off to a great start in the beginning of the second game. In the top half of the first inning, the freshman made a diving catch in shallow centerfield to record the third out of the inning with runners on second and third. Then, to lead off the bottom of the frame, she hit a deep shot to right center for a standup double. Cortez was then brought around to score with two outs when Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) hit a home run over the right-field wall to give the ‘Cats an early 2-0 lead.
Marshall answered back in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs in an odd series of events which included a single, a passed ball, and an error on a close play at home plate.
Dorsey settled down very well following Marshall’s three-run second inning, allowing just three hits the rest of the way.
Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, April 18 against Wright State. The Bobcats will host the Raiders in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The Ball State (28-12) softball team saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end with an 8-0 (5 inn.) non-conference loss to Ohio State (27-14) Wednesday evening at Buckeye Field.
The Cardinals will now turn their attention back to league play, when they host Miami for single games Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at the BSU Softball Complex. The Cardinals enter with week with a perfect 12-0 record in Mid-American Conference action, while Miami is currently 9-3 in league play.
Saturday’s contest versus Miami will serve as the team’s annual Think Pink game. In support of cancer awareness, the Cardinals will wear special pink jerseys for the contest, which will then be auctioned off with the proceeds going to The Little Red Door Cancer Agency.
Other auction items include gift cards from local businesses, as well as a Breast Cancer Awareness Luggage Set. Fans can start their bidding now by visiting http://ballstatesports.com/softball and clicking on the link to the “Think Pink Auction”.
In addition, the game’s ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Tasha Rinehart, who is currently fighting breast cancer. Tasha is the sister of current Ball State freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker.
Ball State Sports Link TV will also be making its return to the BSU Softball Complex this weekend with live coverage of the Miami series. Kevin Thurman, Katie Hargitt and Ben Johnston will cover the action live as it occurs on the field, while Peter Loomis and Sydnee Toshclog will produce the games along with Luke Magsamen.
Indiana Comcast 81 will carry the games live statewide, and both games will also be streamed for FREE on BallStateSports.com. The games will also be played back later in the week on Comcast 81, check your local listings for more details on playback times.
In Wednesday’s loss to the Buckeyes, sophomore right fielder Loren Cihlar collected the Cardinals’ lone hits in the game, going 2-for-2 at the plate with singles in both the second and fifth innings.
After two scoreless innings, the Buckeyes took advantage of a two-run double from Cammi Pranti and a BSU error to score three runs in the bottom of the third.
Ohio State extended its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Taylor Watkins followed by Pranti’s second two-run hit of the game, a single to center field.
OSU ended the game one inning later thanks to a two-run homer from Shelby Pickett.
The Buckeye’s Alex DiDomenico (12-6) picked up the win in the contest by limiting the Cardinals to just two hits over five innings.
Despite recording three strikeouts, freshman Schifferdecker (10-3) suffered the loss after giving up six hits and five runs (four earned) over 3.0 innings of work.
Audra Sanders pitched the final inning-and-a-third, yielding three hits and three runs.