March 7, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. – Senior slugger Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) stole the show on Thursday night as the Ohio University Softball Team (12-3) picked up its first win in its first action of a five-game West Coast road trip. Gellerman set a new program standard with her 28th career home run as the Bobcats defeated Seattle University, 7-4.
With one on and one out in the top of the third inning, Gellerman sized up an 0-2 pitch and drove it over the outfield wall, giving her team a 2-1 lead and catapulting herself to the top of the Ohio Softball career home run chart with 28 round-trippers.
Ohio 7, Seattle 4
WP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (6-1)
LP: Ashburn (5-4)
S: Lauren McClary (2)
HR: Lauren Gellerman (6), Kaylin Clarke 2 (3), Maulden (3)
The ‘Cats trailed early, giving up one run in the bottom of the first inning. They would answer back almost immediately, scoring two on Gellerman’s record-breaking home run in the top of the third. Ohio then added one more run in the top of the fourth inning, taking a 3-1 advantage when sophomore Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) hit a solo shot to left center field.
Seattle (8-10) was able to answer back in the bottom of the fourth frame, knotting the contest up at three apiece when a series of Bobcat miscues led to two unearned runs.
Ohio took the lead for good in the fifth inning, scoring one run when Gellerman doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and was driven home by a Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) single through the right side. The ‘Cats would then tack on two more runs in the sixth: one via a fielder’s choice on a grounder by Lex Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) and the other through a Gellerman sacrifice fly.
After Seattle pulled one run closer in the bottom of the sixth, Ohio scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning when Clarke hit her second home run of the day, a solo shot to make it 7-4.
Freshman Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) picked up her sixth win of the season on Thursday evening while Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) earned her second save of the year.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Friday at the University of Washington Husky Classic. Ohio will take on Yale (8:30 p.m. EST) and No. 18 Washington (10 p.m. EST).
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