LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Ohio softball team (8-8) opened play at the 2018 Liberty Softball Classic, hosted by Liberty University on Friday. The Bobcats dropped the first game of the day to #12 Baylor (14-3), 12-3 in six innings. Ohio then fell in the second game of the day to host Liberty (15-6), 6-0.
GAME ONE: #12 Baylor 12, Ohio 3
Baylor would strike first in the top of the first inning when Nicky Dawson led the game off by reaching on an error. With one out, she would then advance to second on a wild pitch. Moments later Dawson would score when Shelby Friudenberg singled up the middle. Still with one out, the Bears would register and another single and then would load the bases after Carlee Wallace was hit by a pitch. Friudenberg would be out on a fielder's choice, and then the Bobcat defense would get the final batter of the inning to fly out, ending the inning with Baylor leading 1-0.
The Bobcats would come storming back. With one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would single to the short stop. She would then move over to second when Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) singled through the left side. Then on 2-1 count, Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would crush a three-run homerun down the leftfield line, clearing the bases and putting Ohio up 3-1 at the end of the frame.
After starting pitcher Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) sent the Bears down in order in the top of the second, the Bobcats tried to add on in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would reach first on an infield single. However, the Baylor defense would get the final out, sending the game to the top of the third with Ohio leads 3-1.
Baylor would get base runners on in the top of the third inning when leadoff batter, Jessie Scroggins reached on a bunt single. However, moments later, catcher Brooke Rice (Mason, Ohio) would fire a ball to second to catch her attempting to steal. Then with two outs, Goose McGlaun reached on a single to right field, however the Ohio defense would get the final out of the inning, leaving the runner on first.
After the Bobcats went down in order in the bottom of the third. Baylor would take the lead in the top of the fourth inning, scoring six runs with two outs, taking the 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
After an uneventful bottom of the fourth for the Bobcats and a quick defensive inning in the top of the fifth, the Bobcats tried to get a few runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) reached on a bunt single. She would then advance to second on a wild pitch. However, the Baylor defense would get the final out and send the game to the sixth with Ohio trailing 7-3.
Baylor would add on in the top of the sixth inning, getting five runs on five hits and taking a 12-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bobcats would get a baserunner when with two outs, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would draw a walk. Unfortunately, Ohio would be unable to get a run across and would fall to the Bears, 12-3.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored three runs on five hits. Dorsey went 1-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI and a run scored. Cooper went 1-for-3 with a run scored and Yun also added a hit and a run scored for Ohio. Day and Saxton also added base hits for the Bobcats.
In the circle, Meeks got the start, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing seven runs, all unearned, on eight hits, while walking two and striking out two. Madi McCrady (Brimfieled, Ohio) would pitch two innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out four batters. Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) also entered the game to pitch, allowing two runs on two hits.
GAME TWO: Liberty 6, Ohio 0
The Bobcats would lead the game off with Day getting hit by a pitch. Then with two outs, Dorsey would single through the left side, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Unfortunately, Ohio would not get a run across, sending the game to the bottom of the frame scores.
In the bottom of the first, Autumn Bishop would draw a walk. She would then move to third what Amber Bishop singled to right center. The next batter, Tori Zavodny would reach on an infield to load the bases, still with no outs. Liberty would take a 1-0 lead after Sarah Robertson was hit by a pitch, keeping the bases loaded still with no outs. Starting pitcher, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio), would then get the next two batters to strike out and the defense would collect a pop up, getting out of the bases-loaded jam and sending the game to the second inning, down 1-0.
After an uneventful second inning from both teams, the Bobcats would try and set a run back in the top of the third. With one out, Day would be hit by a pitch again. Then with two outs, Day would be caught stealing, ending the inning with Liberty leading, 1-0.
The Flames would add two more runs in the bottom of the third, capped off by a two-out two-RBI single to left center from Taylor Hoffman. Stiene would get the final batter of the inning to strikeout, but Liberty would take a 3-0 lead to the top of the fourth.
After the Bobcats went down in order in the top of the fourth, the Flames would add on, picking up three for runs before the bottom of the fourth ended. Taking a 6-0 lead.
Ohio would get a baserunner on in the top of the fifth inning when MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) reached on an error, putting a runner on with one out. However, the Bobcats would be unable to capitalize on the miscue and would go to the bottom of the fifth down 6-0.
Liberty would try to add on in the bottom of the fifth inning, when the first two batters of the inning would reach first on back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third with no outs. However, McCrady would enter the game, getting the next three batters out, ending the threat and sending the game to the top of the sixth with Ohio trailing 6-0.
Ohio would get a runner on in the top of the sixth inning, with Cooper drawing a one-out walk. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run across, sending the game to the bottom of the frame trailing 6-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Liberty would get another baserunner on when Deidra See led the inning off with a single to the pitcher. The with one out, she would be erased from the bases when Madison Via reached on a fielder's choice. After Via stole second to put a runner in scoring position, the Ohio defense would get the last batter to ground out, sending the game to the top of the seventh with Ohio trailing 6-0.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Bobcats would be unable to get an offense going, and would fall by the final of 6-0.
At the plate, Dorsey registered the only hit for the Bobcats, a single.
In the circle, Stiene would get the start, pitching three innings, allowing five runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one. Meeks would pitch an inning, allowing one run on four hits. McCrady would enter the game in the fifth inning and would pitch two innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out three.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Mach 10 for the second day of the Liberty Softball classic, where the Bobcats will take on Delaware and Liberty. Ohio's first game against Delaware will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by the game against Liberty at 4:30 p.m.