Feb. 16, 2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) delivered a two-out walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Ohio University softball team (7-0) to its seventh straight victory to open the 2014 campaign with a 5-4 triumph over Troy (4-5-1) on Sunday (Feb. 15) in the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational.
The Bobcats saw a 4-0 advantage through three innings evaporate as the Trojans got a run back in the fourth, then tied the game in the top of the sixth inning courtesy of a three-run round tripper off of the bat of junior Michelle Phelps.
After Ohio went down in order in the home half, sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) came on to pitch the seventh. She shrugged off hitting Troy sophomore leadoff batter Amanda Winters with a pitch to retire the order and give the Bobcats an opportunity for a walk-off win in the bottom half.
Freshman Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) coaxed a leadoff walk from Troy junior pitcher Jaycee Affeldt and was then replaced on the bases by sophomore pinch runner Alexia Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.). The Trojans responded by recording two outs to put the Bobcats in danger of stranding the winning run at first, but Cortez got Ohio's final push started by stealing second. Junior Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) kept the inning alive by drawing a walk to put two on with two outs. That set the stage for Gebele's game-winning base knock to left field that plated Cortez.
Dorsey earned the pitching win in relief, fanning one over one frame of work to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Hutchinson, sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) and freshman Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) led the `Cats' bats with two hits apiece. Hutchinson and Claytor each drove in a run in the win.
Affedlt was tagged with the pitching defeat for Troy, falling to 1-2 on the season. She gave up five runs - four earned - on nine hits and four walks. She recorded nine strikeouts.
Senior Ebony Wright accounted for two of Troy's five hits.
Ohio closes out the Osprey Invitational on Sunday afternoon against host North Florida.