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Bobcats Split Games Friday to Open Season

Lauren Gellerman hit .800 on the first day of the season for the Bobcats

Feb. 8, 2013

Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Ohio University Softball Team (1-1) split its first two games of the 2013 season on Friday afternoon, falling to the Towson Tigers and defeating the host East Carolina University Pirates during the first day of the 2013 ECU Pirate Classic.

Ohio fell to Towson, 7-5, in the first game of the day before bouncing back and defeating ECU in a close 4-3 affair to end the afternoon.

Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) had a terrific first day for the Green and White, hitting .800 (4-5), belting one double, one triple, and one home run en route to driving in two runs on the afternoon. The senior catcher slugged at a rate of 2.000 and also showed great discipline at the plate, earning two walks.

Gellerman was one of four Bobcats to record more than one hit during the first day of the 2013 season, as Alyssa Wolfe (three), Alexia Cortez (two), and Adrienne Gebele (two), all had multi-hit days. The ‘Cats hit .275 as a team on the first day of the season and struck out three fewer times than their opponents.

Ohio 5, Towson 7
WP: Macie Mccormick (1-0
LP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (0-1)
S: None
HR: Lauren Gellerman (1), Caitlin Colvin (1), Jillian Donnelly (1)

The Bobcats lost their first game of the day, dropping a 7-5 contest to Towson. The Tigers got on the board right away, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two on and one out, Delanie Dunham doubled down the right field line, bringing in the first two runs of the game. Sophomore pitcher Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) was able to register the second out of the inning, a sacrifice fly by Bina Abbott which drove in the third run of the inning. She then recorded her second strikeout of the afternoon to retire the side.

Ohio answered back right at the start of the next inning, scoring two runs to shrink the deficit. Following an Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) single through the left side of the infield, Cortez drove in the first run of her collegiate career with a double down the left field line. Cortez then stole third and was brought around to score when Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) doubled to left field.

Gellerman hit a leadoff home run to pull the ‘Cats level (3-3) in the top of the third inning. Towson later answered back with a solo shot of its own to take a 4-3 advantage, and the Bobcats brought two around to score in the top of the fifth to take their first lead of the afternoon (5-4). Gellerman began this inning with a double and was ultimately driven in by a Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) home run to center field.

Towson was able to score the final three runs of the game, plating them all in the bottom of the fifth inning. A throwing error allowed the first run of the frame to come around and a two-run triple by Macie McGeehan proved to bring in the final runs of the contest.

Ohio 4, East Carolina 3
WP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (1-1)
LP: Courtney Smith (0-1)
S: Lauren McClary (1)
HR: Raven King (1)

In their second game of the day, the Bobcats opened up a 4-0 lead against the Pirates and were able to withstand a furious comeback, winning by a final score of 4-3. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) brought around the first runs of the contest, hitting her first home run of the season to bring Gebele around to score.

Wolfe scored Ohio’s third run of the contest in the bottom of the third inning, running the bases well and taking advantage of an ECU error to extend Ohio’s lead. Gellerman then hit a one-out triple to bring Timmie Rappe (Wheaton, Ill.) around to score, giving the ‘Cats an early 4-0 advantage.

Freshman pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) picked up her first collegiate win in the game, throwing a solid 4.2 innings while allowing just three hits and one earned run. Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) and McClary also pitched well in the victory, with McClary earning the save by closing out the game in the seventh inning.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday afternoon against Cleveland State (1 p.m.) and East Carolina (5:30 p.m.).

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