Feb. 8, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Ohio University softball team (3-0) opens a season 3-0 for the second time in three years after besting UNC Greensboro (0-2), 10-7, then knocking off host South Carolina (1-1), 5-2, on the second day of the Carolina Classic on Saturday (Feb. 8).
The Bobcats have scored 24 runs on 24 hits -- 12 of which have gone for extra bases -- in three games this season.
Ohio's win over South Carolina marked the program's first triumph over a Southeastern Conference school since defeating Kentucky by a 7-6 count on March 14, 1998.
"I'm so proud of and impressed with this team's focus and resiliency throughout 14 innings of softball today," said sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek. "True team effort by the `Cats. We're hanging our hat on some outstanding offense in some huge moments in both games -- up and down the lineup, the `Cats are generating pressure and runs."
OHIO 10, UNC GREENSBORO 7
The Bobcats struck first on a one-out, two-RBI single through the left side by senior Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) in the third inning.
The Spartans retaliated with four runs in the home half of the inning to take a two-run lead, but Ohio's bats erupted to the tune of seven runs in the fourth to take a 9-4 lead. A leadoff round tripper by senior Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) set the tone for the frame. A sacrifice fly to center by Basquez tied the game, and an error by UNC Greensboro brought in three more runs. Junior Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) sent a two-run bomb over the left field wall to make it a five-run game.
The Bobcats tacked on their 10th run when sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) smacked a leadoff double to left center, advanced to third on an illegal pitch and scored by way of a sacrifice foul out to left by senior Raven King (Alpine, Utah).
UNC Greensboro got a run back in the sixth, then scored two more in the seventh to shave Ohio's lead to 10-7 with one out and the bases loaded. Sophomore Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) was summoned into the game to close out the win. She delivered by getting UNC Greensboro sophomore Danielle Vega to fly out to center, then fanning sophomore Nicole Thomas to earn her first save of the season.
King earned the pitching win in relief duty, making her first appearance in the circle in her collegiate career. She struck out two over three frames while allowing three runs -- one of which was earned -- on six hits and two walks.
Dalton, Wolfe and junior catcher Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) each collected two hits in the win.
Sophomore Lacey Leary suffered the pitching defeat for UNC Greensboro, giving up seven runs -- three earned - on five hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.
OHIO 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 2
Dorsey rendered South Carolina hitless through four innings and fanned a season-high 10 en route to picking up her second pitching victory in as many days. She allowed two unearned runs on just three hits and two walks.
The Bobcats set the tone in the first thanks to some two-out lightning. Freshman Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) coaxed a walk, setting up Basquez for an RBI double to right center. Freshman Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) made it 2-0 with a triple to left that plated Basquez.
The Gamecocks capitalized on an Ohio throwing error in the third to cut their deficit to one run, but Ohio responded in the home half of the frame by scoring three more runs. Hutchinson drew another two-out walk and moved to third on a base hit through the right side by Basquez. That set the table for a three-run blast by Claytor -- the first homer of her collegiate career.
South Carolina plated another run in the sixth to make it a three-run affair, but Dorsey retired the side in the top of the seventh to seal her second complete game.
Redshirt junior pitcher Julie Sarratt took the loss for South Carolina. She gave up five earned runs on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings of work. She recorded four strikeouts.
Ohio wraps up the first weekend of action on Sunday (Feb. 9) at 10 a.m. ET against Iowa.