ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio softball team (21-10, 3-0 MAC) wrapped up the weekend with an exciting doubleheader sweep of Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green (10-16, 0-3 MAC) on Saturday (March 23) inside the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats won game one, 8-7, in eight innings, before defeating the Falcons, 15-10, in game two to sweep the season series.
Senior Morgan Geno's (Chillicothe, Ohio) five RBI today tied her for the all-time lead in runs batted in.
GAME ONE: Ohio 8, BGSU7 (8)
Ohio struck first in the top of the first inning. With one out, sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) drew a walk and then moved to second when senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) reached on an error. Geno would then draw a walk to load the bases, allowing senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) to enter the game to run for Alvarez. Freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) would the rocket a single to left center, scoring Yun and Brunswick, giving Ohio a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Bowling Green would respond in the top of the second inning, scoring four runs on three hits to take a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the frame.
After Ohio would go down in order in the bottom of the second inning, BGSU would threaten in the top of the third, getting runners on first and second. However, the Ohio defense would hold strong, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio trailing, 4-2.
After a scoreless bottom of the third inning, Bowling Green would add one run in the top of the fourth inning, taking a 5-2 lead going to the bottom of the inning.
Ohio would get the runs back in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would double to center and then score when freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would reach on an error and move to second on a throw. Then with two outs, Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would draw a walk and then score when Yun singled and then moved to second after a misplay in the outfield, tying the game at 5-5 going to the top of the fifth.
After a scores top of the fifth inning for BGSU, Ohio retake the lead. Geno would reach first after being hit by a pitch and then be replaced freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.) on the bases. Yun would reach on a fielder's choice, in which Hargrave would be safe on the play. Senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would draw a walk to load the bases with no outs. Cole would then rope a ball up the middle, scoring Hargrave, unfortunately, Pond would be out at home on the play. The Bobcats would be unable to add on, sending the game to the sixth inning with the Bobcats leading 6-5.
Bowling Green would retake the lead in the top of the sixth inning on a one out two-run homerun, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth with Ohio trailing, 7-6.
Ohio would respond in the bottom of the sixth inning. Englant would single and advance to second on an error. She would then move to third on a sacrifice bunt from Yun. Then with two outs, Geno would draw a walk, with the pass getting away from the catcher, allowing Englant to score from home, tying the game at 7-7.
After a scoreless seventh inning from both teams, Bowling Green would threaten to take the lead in the top of the eighth inning, getting runners on first and third with two outs. However, the Bobcats' defense would come through, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with the game still knotted at 7-7.
The Bobcats would be able to capitalize in the bottom of the eighth inning. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would lead the inning off with a single and then move to second on an error by the left fielder. She then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Englant. Yun and Alvarez would draw back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out, bringing up Geno would crush a double to center field, scoring Holland and giving the Bobcats the 8-7 victory.
Overall, Ohio would score eight runs on eight hits and did not commit an error, while Bowling Green scored seven runs on 13 hits and committed five errors.
Individually, Yun went 2-of-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Cole recorded two hits, a double, a run scored and an RBI. Englant added a hit and two runs scored, while Geno recorded a hit and an RBI, while Pond had one hit and two RBI, with Holland recording one hit and one run.
In the circle, sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) got the start and finished the game for Ohio. Overall, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, walked three and struck out 10. Junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two.
GAME TWO: Ohio 15, BGSU 10
Bowling Green threatened in the top of the second inning, putting runners on second and third with two outs. However, the Ohio defense would get the final out on a specular play from Spacek at first, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with the game still scoreless.
Ohio would strike in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Day drew a walk. She would then score when Cole tripled off the right center field wall. She would then score on a base hit by Spacek, putting Ohio up, 2-0. The Bobcats weren't done. Holland would then reach on a single and then both runners would move up on an error by the left fielder. Then with runners on second and third, Englant would drop a single to shallow left center, clearing the bases and giving Ohio a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Bowling Green would threaten to get on the board in the top of the fourth inning, putting runners on first and third with two outs. However, starting pitcher Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) would strike out the final batter of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading 4-0.
Ohio tried to add on in the bottom of fourth inning when Day would lead the inning by reaching on an error. She would then steal second. Spacek would then be hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out, however the Bobcats would be unable to add on, sending the game to the top of the fifth with Ohio leading 4-0.
Bowling Green's offense would come out firing in the top of the fifth inning, scoring eight runs on three homeruns, taking an 8-4 lead going to the bottom of the fifth.
The Bobcats responded in the bottom of the fifth inning when Yun led off with a homerun to center field. Alvarez would then double to left field. Geno would draw a walk and Brunswick and Hargrave would both enter the game to run. Brunswick would be out at third when Pond reached on a fielder's choice. Day would then draw a walk to put runners on first and second, bringing up Cole who would crush a three-run homerun to right field, putting Ohio up, 9-8, after five innings.
The Bobcats' offense came alive once again in the bottom of the sixth inning. Englant led the inning off with a walk and then moved to second when Yun drew a walk. After Alvarez has hit by a pitch to load the bases, Geno would come to the plate and crush a grand slam to left field.
The Bobcats we're not done. Pond would then be hit by a pitch and Day would draw a walk, setting Cole up to reach on a fielder's choice, in which Pond and Day would both score on the play, giving Ohio a 13-8 lead going into the top of the seventh inning.
Bowing Green would try and mount a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, scoring two runs. Then with the bases loaded with one out, the Bobcats' defense would get a force out and a strikeout to end the game, sealing the 15-10 victory for the Bobcats.
Overall, Ohio scored 15 runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while Bowling Green scored 10 runs on 12 hits and committed two errors.
Individually, Yun went 2-for-5 with a homerun, two runs scored and one RBI. Cole added two hits with a homerun, two runs scored and five RBI. Geno added a grand slam with one run scored four RBI. Englant, Alvarez, Day, Spacek and Holland all had hits for Ohio.
Kohl started the game, pitching 4.2 innings, and allowing five runs on six hits and struck out four. Junior Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) allowed three runs on two hits, while McCrady picked up the win, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out three.
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday, March 26 when the Bobcats take on Northern Kentucky. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. inside the OSF.