Feb. 16, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) baffled the North Florida (8-2) lineup all afternoon and tossed her first career no-hitter to help the Ohio University softball team (8-0) post a 1-0 shutout win on Sunday (Feb. 16) and remain perfect through the first two weekends of the 2014 season.
"Today’s win against North Florida was definitely a victory that the team fought for all throughout the game, supporting each other and keeping the momentum and energy on our side," said Dorsey. "The team was absolutely behind me with solid defense, and I could feel the confidence they had in me overflowing from the dugout."
The victory capped a day in which the Bobcats earned a walk-off 5-4 win over Troy in the morning courtesy of a two-out single by junior Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) that scored sophomore pinch runner Alexia Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.). Ohio went 4-0 at the Osprey Invitational, taking down Savannah State in eight innings, 3-2, on Saturday (Feb. 15), then blanking Southern Illinois, 2-0, later that afternoon.
"From tournament schedule adjustments, a road trip of unexpected delays and obstacles, to being put to the test in each game we played, I am so proud of this team for overcoming the adversity and finding success in the challenge," said sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek. "The coaching staff is just so very proud of the team's determination and team work through the first two weekends, and an 8-0 start has elevated this program to an all new level."
Dorsey blanked the Ospreys over seven frames, striking out five while walking three to earn her second pitching triumph of the day and improve to 7-0 on the season. She has allowed just four earned runs on 14 hits and eight walks while fanning 41 over 35.0 innings.
"We got terrific performances out of our pitching staff this weekend, and finishing off with Savvy's no hitter against a strong North Florida offense was the icing on the cake," said Hermanek.
The Bobcats got all the offense they needed to secure the victory in the top of the fourth inning. Sophomore Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.), who caught Dorsey's no-no, got things started by legging out a single to short. Gebele followed by shooting a one-out base hit through the left side. Claytor was put out at third on a fielder's choice that allowed Dorsey to reach safely, but a fielding error at short by North Florida senior Ashley Holton extended the inning and allowed junior Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) to take first base and load the bases for the Bobcats. Senior Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) displayed veteran plate discipline, coaxing a walk to bump home Gebele and put Ohio in front.
With her no-hit bid within reach in the bottom of the seventh, Dorsey shook off a leadoff walk by senior Marissa Thomas by getting Holton and senior Mariah Reynolds on back-to-back swinging strikeouts to seal the deal.
Gebele led Ohio at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort. She hit .385 on the weekend with five hits. Sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) collected two hits in the win over North Florida and finished the weekend hitting a team-best .455 with five hits and a team-high four runs scored.
Junior pitcher Kayla Goff took the loss in the circle for North Florida, surrendering one unearned run on eight hits and two walks. She posted four strikeouts.
The Bobcats will compete in the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. next weekend (Feb. 21-23).