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Softball Sweeps First Day at Easton Desert Classic

Ohio's Alexandria Basquez

Feb. 17, 2013

Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)

LAS VEGAS – The Ohio University Softball Team (6-1) went a perfect 2-0 in its opening day of play at the 2013 Easton Desert Classic on Saturday, marking its best start to a season since 1991. Ohio defeated Idaho State by a score of 7-4 in its first action of the day before earning an impressive comeback win in an evening game against host UNLV, 11-3.

Ohio’s 6-1 record marks its best beginning to a season since the 1991 campaign when the Bobcats began 11-2.

Five Bobcats recorded two or more hits on the day, as Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) led the team with three. She was also one of seven Ohio student-athletes who slugged at a rate of .500 or better on Saturday. Despite getting to the plate four times fewer than their opponents, the Bobcats scored 11 more runs, amassed 10 more RBI, hit two more home runs, and belted one more double.

No Ohio pitchers recorded complete games on Saturday, but a balanced effort by the staff led to a perfect 2-0 record. Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) saw the most action, pitching 5.1 innings en route to picking up her second victory of the season. Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) earned Ohio’s other win, improving her record to 3-1.

Ohio 7, Idaho State 4
WP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (3-1)
LP: Foster (1-1)
S: None
HR: Alexandria Basquez (1)

Despite trailing 2-0 in the top of the third inning, Ohio battled back against Idaho State to take a 6-2 advantage in the bottom of the frame. Following an Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) single, Alexia Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) walked and Sloan Walker (Cypress, Texas) reached on an error by the second baseman. This miscue was costly for the Bengals, as it brought around two Bobcat runs to level the scores at two apiece.

Gellerman then doubled through the left side, bringing in another run to give the ‘Cats their first lead of the day. This was the first of three consecutive doubles, each of which brought in one more run. Following Gellerman’s hit, Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Raven King (Alpine, Utah) each doubled up the middle. DJ Engelman (Mason, Ohio) brought around the final run of the frame, reaching on another error by the second baseman which brought King around to score.

Idaho State pulled within two runs (6-4) in the top of the sixth inning, scoring on a double and single by back-to-back batters. The ‘Cats were able to extend their advantage to three runs (7-4) in the bottom of the same inning when Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) blasted a solo shot to left center field.

Ohio 11, UNLV 3
WP: Lauren McClary (2-0)
LP: A. Oliveto (5-2)
S: None
HR: Adrienne Gebele (2), Kaylin Clarke (2), T. Aleman

Ohio engineered an impressive comeback in its second game of the day, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to score 11 straight runs and earn the victory.

With the bases loaded and no one out in the top of the sixth inning, Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) hit a single to right field, bringing in two runs. Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) then doubled to left center, bringing in two more runs to give the ‘Cats their first lead of the game. Ohio added another run when Wolfe scored on a wild pitch. A Gellerman double then brought around the final runs of the inning.

The seventh inning was another great offensive showing for the Green and White. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) and Clarke hit back-to-back home runs to begin the frame before Cortez brought in one more via a single and Gellerman drove in the final run with a fielder’s choice.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Louisiana-Monroe at 2:15 p.m. EST. Ohio will then finish its participation at the Easton Desert Classic by playing No. 19 UCLA at 4:30 p.m. EST.

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