March 2, 2012
Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)
ATHENS, Ga. – Ohio Softball completed its first day of competition at the 2012 University of Georgia Bulldog Invitational on Friday, splitting its two games against Mercer and Rutgers. The Bobcats dropped the first game by a final score of 9-6 and benefited from freshman pitcher Lauren McClary’s no-hitter in the second contest, beating Rutgers 9-0 in five innings.
McClary’s no-hitter is the second phenomenal game she has pitched in her young Bobcat career, as she also pitched a one-hitter in her first career start on Feb. 10 of this season.
Ohio and Mercer battled through a close contest in the Bobcats’ first game of the day. The Bears got on the board first, scoring in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Ohio was able to answer back immediately, scoring once in the bottom of the frame to level the score at 1-1 when Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch.
The Bears were able to take their second lead of the afternoon in the fourth inning, as Sara Stukes singled up the middle to drive in teammate Amber Bowman, making the score 2-1.
Ohio responded in a big way during the bottom of the sixth inning, plating four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) began the inning with a leadoff single to center field. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) added another hit with one out, advancing King to third. Freshman Sadie Wallace (Burnt Chimney, Va.) then stepped up to the plate and blasted a two-RBI double to left field. Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) was able to plate two more runs a few plays later, ripping a triple past the Bears’ defense.
Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, Mercer added seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to grab a 9-5 advantage. The Bears blasted three hits and were the beneficiaries of three Bobcat errors to score these runs. Gellerman hit a home run in the bottom of the frame to pull the Green and White within three, but Ohio would come no closer and fall by a final score of 9-6.
Ohio 6, Mercer 9
WP: Kerri Nidiffer (2-4)
LP: Caitlin Colvin (3-2)
HR: Lauren Gellerman (2)
The Bobcats dominated their second game of the day, improving to 7-7 overall with a 9-0 drubbing of Rutgers. McClary (Pasadena, Texas) had a terrific outing on the mound, throwing five innings while allowing no runs and no hits, only walking four Scarlet Knight batters in the process.
McClary was given a boost early in the contest, as Ohio’s bats came alive right from the start. Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) got the ‘Cats on the board early, driving in an RBI single in the top of the first inning. King then blasted a two-run home run—her third of the season—to make it 3-0 early.
The teams played a relatively even next few innings, as neither side advanced more than one runner to third base until the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, Ohio blew the doors off the contest by blasting seven hits to score six runs. Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) and Hortman hit singles to begin the inning and were driven in soon thereafter by a three-run home run by Gellerman, her second such blast of the day and third of the season.
Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) got in on the act a few batters later, driving in two runs with a triple to right field. Joseph then drove in the final run of the game, singling through the left side to bring Van Wagnen home.
Ohio 9, Rutgers 0 (Five innings)
WP: Lauren McClary (3-3)
LP: Alyssa Landrith (3-2)
HR: Lauren Gellerman (3), Raven King (3)
The Bobcats will resume competition in the tournament on Saturday morning, squaring off against Minnesota at 9 a.m. and tournament host No. 7 Georgia at 11 a.m.