March 18, 2017
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Led by pitching the only allowed one hit through 10-innings, including a five-inning perfect game from Danielle Stiene, the Ohio softball team opened the first day of the College of Charleston Tournament, sweeping the day's competition. Ohio opened up with an 8-0 five-inning win over Lafayette and then closed the day with a 10-0 five-inning victory over Western Carolina.
"I felt really good," Stiene said. "Madison and I had a really good rhythm going and stayed unpredictable. I liked the way we attacked every batter no matter what the count was or where we were in the order. Hitting today was a lot of fun and I'm glad Coach Herm let me have another chance. I'm very thankful."
GAME ONE: Ohio 8, Lafayette 0 (Five Innings)
"I've very happy to see the production from a seasoned pitcher like Dani," head coach Jodi Hermanek said. "The command and attack is exactly what we were looking for her to produce today. Madison led Dani with the great attack."
After starting pitcher Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) sent the Lafayette batters down in order in the top of the frame, the Bobcats didn't waste any time getting on the board in the bottom of the frame.
Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) walked to start the inning, however she would be removed from the base path after Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) reached on a fielder's choice. Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would then be hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, the Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would double down the left field line, scoring Holland and putting the Bobcats up 1-0. Later in the inning, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would walk to load the bases, however Ohio would not get another run and would end the inning with a 1-0 lead.
After two one-two-three innings from Stiene, the Bobcats added on in the bottom of the third inning. Holland would triple to right center to lead off the inning. Then with one out, Alvarez would single to right field, scoring Holland and giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead after three innings.
After Stiene sent Lafayette down in order in the top of the fourth, Ohio tried to add on in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) reached on a throwing error. She then advanced to second when Deanna Cole singled to third base. However, Saxton would line into a double play and Ohio would continue to lead 2-0.
After Stiene struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning, Ohio went back to work in the bottom of the inning. Holland would reach base after being hit by the pitch. She would then advance to third when Day singled to right center and then advanced to second on the throw. Alvarez would then register her third RBI of the day when she singled through the left side, scoring Holland and giving the Bobcats a 3-0 lead. Still with no outs, Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) would double to right field, scoring Day and advancing Alvarez to third and extending the Bobcat lead to 4-0. Then with one out, Stiene would go to work at the plate, smashing a single to right field, clearing the bases and giving Ohio a 6-0 lead.
Dallas Messenger (Bellaire, Ohio) would enter the game for the first time in her Bobcat career to pinch run for Stiene. She would then advance to second when Claytor singled to left field. Cole would then single through the left side to load the bases and Messenger would score when Saxton reached first on a fielding error. The game would come to an end when Claytor would score when Holland drew a bases leaded walk, giving Ohio the 8-0 five innings victory.
In the circle, Stiene tossed five perfect innings, not allowing a run or a hit or a walk. She struck out eight and 52 of her 67 total pitchers were strikes.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored eight runs on 10 hits. Alvarez led at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Holland went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and drew a walk, had a triple and an RBI. Cole went 2-for-3 and Stiene added a hit and two RBI. Day, Hutchinson and Claytor all added hits for the Bobcats' offense.
GAME TWO: Ohio 10, Western Carolina 0 (Five Innings)
The Bobcats picked right where they left off in the first game. After starter Savannah Jo Dorsey sent the Western Carolina batters down in order, the Bobcats got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Saxton led the inning off with a single to third base and then stole second. She tne advanced to third on a Day bunt single. Day would then steal second to put runners on second and third with one out. Saxton would score on an Alvarez base hit. Day would then score when Morgan Geno reached on a throwing error and then the final run of the inning would be scored on a Hutchinson sacrifice fly to give Ohio a 3-0 early lead.
In the top of the second inning, Western Carolina would get two runners on by drawing a walk. However, Dorsey and the Bobcat defense would not allow them to score, and Ohio would enter the bottom of the frame with the 3-0 lead.
Ohio would add on in the bottom fo the second. Cole led the inning off with a single. She would the steal second and advance to third on a ground out. She would then score on a Day single to the shortstop, putting Ohio up 4-0. Alvarez would then double to left center and then Geno would walk to load the bases. However, the Bobcat offense would not score again and the Bobcats would lead 4-0 after two innings.
Ohio would add on in the bottom of the third inning when Claytor led off with a single. She would then advance to second when Cooper also singled. Cole would then walk to load the bases, and then with one out, Holland would walk to give Ohio a 5-0 lead.
Western Carolina would get runners on in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Dorsey would hit a batter. Then with a runner on first with two outs, a WCU batter would reach first on an infield single. The two out single in the top of the fourth inning was the first hit allowed by the Bobcats all day. However, Dorsey would get the next batter to ground out and Ohio would lead 5-0.
The Bobcat offense would put exclamation mark on the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out in the inning, Hutchinson would single up the middle and would advance to second when Claytor walked. Messenger would then pinch run for Hutchinson and then score on a single by Cooper, putting Ohio up 6-0.
Cole would then walk to load the bases and then Saxton would single through the left side to score Claytor, putting the Bobcats up 7-0. Holland then smashed a two-RBI double to left center, scoring Cole and Cooper. The final run of the inning was scored when Day hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Saxton and putting the Bobcats up 10-0.
Dorsey would come in in the top of the fifth inning and get the Western Carolina offense to go down in order, preserving the Bobcats' 10-0 five inning win.
In the circle, Dorsey pitched five innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out seven.
At the plate, Ohio scored 10 runs on 12 hits and was led by Holland who went 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI. Day went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Alvarez went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a double and a run scored. Cooper had two hits and an RBI and Claytor and Hutchinson both added hits for Ohio.
The Bobcats wrap up play at the College of Charleston Tournament on Sunday, March 19. The Bobcats will take on Western Carolina at 10 a.m. and close out play against host, College of Charleston at noon.