ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio softball team (30-14, 16-2 MAC) continued their winning ways in Mid-American Conference play this afternoon, defeating Buffalo (15-27, 6-12 MAC), 9-1 in five innings. The Bobcats' 30thwin of the season marks the third-straight season that the Bobcats have recorded 30-plus wins.
After starting pitcher Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) sent the Bulls down in order in the top of the first, Ohio would strike first in the bottom of the frame. Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would lead the inning off with a triple to center. She would then score when Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) singled up the middle, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Buffalo would get runners on in the top of the second inning, Catrell Robertson would reach first when she was hit by a pitch. Then, after Stiene struck out two Bulls, Alissa Karjel would single up the middle., putting runners on first and second with two outs. However, Stiene would strike out the final batter of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with a 1-0 lead.
Ohio would get another runner on in the bottom of the second. With one out, Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would single up the middle. With two outs, she would steal second, However, she would not score and would send the game to the third inning with Ohio leading 1-0.
Buffalo would get a baserunner on in the top of the third inning, when with one out, Leandra Jew singled and reached second on an error. The Bobcats would then get the next two outs, sending the game to the third with Ohio leading 1-0.
Ohio would extend their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) reached first on an error. She would then steal second and score on an RBI double from Cooper. Then with no outs and Cooper on second, Geno would crush her seventh homerun of the season to left center, clearing the bases and giving Ohio a 4-0 lead. The Bobcats would get one more run in the frame when Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) singled, moved to second on an error and then advanced to third on the throw. She would then score a batter later when Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) reached on an error, giving Ohio a 5-0 lead after three.
Buffalo would get two runners on in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Danielle Lallos would single. She would then move to second when Karjel drew a two-out walk. Stiene would get the final batter to strikeout, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with the Bobcats leading 5-0.
Ohio would add on in the bottom of the fourth inning. Allie Englant would lead off with a double to center. Then with one out, Cooper would demolish her 11thhomerun of the season. Cooper's homerun solidified her second all-time in Ohio history in career homeruns with 33. The next batter, Day would smash her 12thhomerun of the season down the right field line, giving Ohio an 8-0 lead going to the top of the fifth.
The Bulls would get a run on the board in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Jew would draw a walk. She would then score on a two-out single and error in center. Stiene would get the next batter to strikeout, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio leading 8-1.
Ohio would get the run back in the bottom of the frame when Dorsey would lead the inning off with a single and then steal second and make it to third on a throwing error by the catcher. The next batter, Yun, would then smash a single through the left side, scoring Dorsey and giving Ohio the 9-1, five inning victory.
At the plate, Ohio scored nine runs on 11 hits. Cooper went 3-for-3 with a homerun, double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored. Day went 2-for-3 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored. Dorsey and Yun bother went 2-for-3 as well, while Geno had a homerun and two RBI. Englant also added a double for the Bobcats.
In the circle, Stiene (20-5) stayed perfect in MAC play, pitching five innings, allowing one run on four hits, walked one and struck out 10 batters. Stiene's ninth strikeout of the game gave her 200 on the season.
The Bobcats wrap up the three-game series with Buffalo tomorrow (April 28) with a double header set to begin at 1 p.m. Get to the field early, since it is Senior Weekend, a special on field graduation ceremony will be taking place about 12:30. Then stick around between games where the Bobcats will honor this year's seniors with all of their accomplishments.