Feb. 15, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An eighth-inning sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) lifted the Ohio University softball team (5-0) to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Savannah State (3-4) in its opening game of the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 15).
The Bobcats open a season 5-0 for the first time since 1981.
Savannah State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Ohio countered in the bottom of the third when sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) drew a leadoff walk and scored on a throwing error by senior India Morgan.
The Lady Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh then junior Kylie Tierce reached on a leadoff infield single to third, then scored two outs later by way of a single back to the pitcher by sophomore Kelsey Swinson.
Ohio answered in the home half of the frame, though, capitalizing on a Savannah State mistake to force extras. Junior Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) coaxed a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) flew out to center for the second out, but a throwing error by Tierce allowed Pyles to scamper home and tie the game.
Sophomore Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) came into the contest to pitch the top of the eighth and kept Savannah State sophomore Torrian Wright stranded on third.
Senior Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) opened the home half stationed on second base and moved to third on a throwing error by Wright. That set the table for Basquez's sacrifice fly to seal the victory for Ohio.
Dorsey earned the pitching win, improving to 4-0 on the season. She fanned one.
Junior Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) struck out five over seven frames of work, limiting Savannah State to three unearned runs on two hits and four walks.
Ohio looks to extend its winning streak to six when it battles Southern Illinois in its second game of the day Saturday afternoon.