Feb. 15, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Ohio University softball team (6-0) is off to its best start to a season since the program's inaugural campaign in 1974 after blanking Southern Illinois (3-4), 2-0, on Saturday (Feb. 15) in the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational.
The Bobcats edged Savannah State, 3-2, in eight innings earlier in the day to post their fifth victory of the 2014 season.
"Game one against Savannah State taught us the lesson that we play, execute and come through when we stay composed and loose," said sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek. "A great learning lesson and a solid earned win. Game two was a persistent battle, and I was proud of the 'Cats for leading the board and applying pressure on SIU's defense in each inning. Defensively, we were in control."
Sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) held the Salukis without a hit for 5.1 innings and fanned six over seven shutout innings to improve to 5-0 in the circle. She gave up two singles and walked two.
"Two impressive outtings by our battery today," said Hermanek. "I was very proud of the control and aggression that Mac [freshman catcher Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.)] and Savvy had through their work today."
Ohio got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) cracked a one out single through the left side and scored one out later when freshman Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) singled to left center.
The Bobcats added an insurance run in the fifth when Dalton drew a walk, advanced to second on a fielder's choice, moved to third one out later on a base hit through the left side by Hutchinson and then scored on a wild pitch.
Hutchinson led the Ohio bats with three hits.
Junior Katie Bertelsen took the pitching loss for Southern Illinois, falling to 1-1 on the season. She surrendered two earned runs on five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings while fanning one.
Ohio's Sunday Osprey Invitational slate features a contest against Troy at 10 a.m. ET and a matchup with North Florida at 2:30 p.m. ET.