Feb. 26, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - With an impressive 7-0 thumping of Colgate on Sunday, Ohio Softball kept up its winning ways and improved its 2012 record to 6-6. The Bobcats finished their participation in the 2012 University of Virginia Invitational with the win and ended their run at the tournament with a solid 2-2 mark.
The Bobcats' bats were alive on Sunday, cranking out nine hits in the victory. Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) pitched very well from the mound, throwing a complete-game shutout to earn her third win of the season. The junior struck out seven and only allowed three hits and two walks.
Ohio got on the board early, scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) collected one of her two hits on the day, singling up the middle to begin the frame. This was followed immediately by a Raven King (Alpine, Utah) single to the shortstop. Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) then reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, loading the bases. A few plays later, King was able to alertly get home after a wild pitch to put her side up 1-0.
The `Cats were able to increase their advantage to 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) got the inning off to a good start, singling as the leadoff batter. She advanced to second and then later stole third. Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) stepped up to the plate at this point and singled right up the middle to drive her teammate home.
Following a fourth inning during which Colvin retired the only three batters she faced, Ohio opened the floodgates and poured on four more runs to put the game out of reach. Lashley began the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field. This was followed by Elizabeth Eyrise (Brookfield, Wisc.) reaching first on a fielding error and a Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) single later loaded the bases. Joseph then reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop, driving in Lashley when the shortstop made a throwing error. Hortman then knocked in another run on a fielder's choice before Gellerman hit another single, driving in Van Wagnen. Hortman was then able to score the fourth run of the inning a few plays later on a wild pitch.
Hortman knocked her third run of the day in the bottom of the sixth, doubling to left center to send Joseph across the plate.
Ohio 7, Colgate 0
WP: Caitlin Colvin (3-1)
LP: Michelle Hollebeke (0-2)
The Bobcats will next be in action on March 2, as they head to Athens, Georgia to play in the fourth annual Bulldog Invitational.