Feb. 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A three-run second inning home run by junior Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) paved the way for Ohio University softball's (1-0) 9-4 season-opening win over Presbyterian (0-1) on Friday (Feb. 7) in the opening game of the Carolina Classic.
"I'm really impressed with and proud of the team's win today against a scrappy and aggressive Presbyterian team," said sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek. "The offense came out with intensity, solid at-bats and pure focus when we had runners in scoring position - especially in two-out situations. The staff is proud of the overall team win."
The Blue Hose landed the first punch in the home half of the first when junior Shelby Petik reached on a fielding error to set the table for a two-run homer by freshman Miranda Rogers.
The Bobcats wasted little time striking back, though. Senior Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) got things rolling with a leadoff triple to right. Junior Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) coaxed a one-out walk, and Gebele capitalized by belting a three-run bomb to left to put Ohio in front, 3-2.
Ohio extended its lead to 4-2 the following frame when sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) cracked a leadoff base hit to left and scored two outs later by way of a double to right center by freshman Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.).
Presbyterian got a run back in the bottom of the third when junior Jill McLean reached on a one-out bunt single back to the mound, stole second and scored on a base hit back up the middle by sophomore Erin Ruff.
That's as close as the Blue Hose got, though, as Ohio tallied five more runs over the fifth and sixth innings.
Senior Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) got the two-run fifth frame going with a leadoff single to left. Dalton followed with her second hit, and senior Raven King (Alpine, Utah) filled the bases with Bobcats when she was hit by a pitch. That set the stage for freshman Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) to drive in the first two runs of her career with a two-RBI single to center.
Ohio plated its final three runs in the sixth. Pyles led off the inning with an infield hit to second, then advanced to second on an error as Gebele reached on a fielder's choice. Wolfe brought them both home with a double to left. King drove in Ohio's ninth run with a base hit to left that scored Wolfe.
Presbyterian cut Ohio's lead to five runs when sophomore Kersten Legacki reached on a two-out single back to the mound and scored on a double to left center by freshman Abby Allen.
Ohio sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) shut the door on the Blue Hose in the seventh, though, to record her first complete game of the year. She fanned nine while surrendering four runs -- only two of which were earned -- on six hits and a walk.
"Savvy was solid on the mound, really buckled down under pressure and claimed key outs," said Hermanek.
Sophomore pitcher Sydney Seigler took the loss for Presbyterian after allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks over four frames of work. She struck out three.
The Carolina Classic continues for Ohio on Saturday (Feb. 8) with two games -- a 10 a.m. ET clash with UNC Greensboro followed by a 12:30 p.m. ET showdown against host South Carolina.