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Softball Drops Tuesday Doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky

Timmie Rappe drove in one run for the 'Cats on Tuesday

March 19, 2013

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

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Ohio University Softball Team (13-10) dropped both games of a doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon. The Bobcats lost the first game by a final score of 10-3 before falling 7-0 in the second game largely due to a strong pitching performance by Leanna Pittsenbarger during which she only allowed one hit in seven innings of work.

Ohio struggled offensively on Tuesday, hitting .136 while the Colonels went .327 at the plate. The Bobcats drew five walks but were met by strong pitching performances from Pittsenbarger and Shaylon Robb, striking out 18 times. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) led the team offensively, recording two hits, one of which was a double. Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) added to her team-leading home run total in the first game of the day, hitting her 11th of the season.

Ohio 3, Eastern Kentucky 10
WP: Robb (5-4)
LP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (6-5)
S: None
HR: Caitlin Colvin (11), Howes (4), Reisinger (1)

Ohio took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Colvin’s solo shot to right center. The Colonels answered back in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three runs via a solo home run and back-to-back singles later in the frame.

Three more came around to score in the bottom of the fourth before Timmie Rappe (Wheaton, Ill.) drove in Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) to shrink the deficit. EKU then added three more in the fifth to take a 9-2 advantage. An Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) single brought around one Ohio run to score in the top of the sixth inning, but the Colonels matched this in the bottom of the same frame to make it 10-3.

Ohio 0, Eastern Kentucky 7
WP: Leanna Pittsenbarger (10-5)
LP: Lauren McClary (5-3)
S: None
HR: Fobbs (4), Ciolek (1)

Eastern Kentucky raced out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning during the second game of the day. Sarah Fobbs led the inning off with a one-run home run to right center field, giving the Colonels a 1-0 lead. With two outs and one runner on base, two consecutive hit batsmen loaded the bases. A catcher’s interference call and another hit batsman brought around two more runs to score, extending the hosts’ advantage to 3-0.

EKU (16-9) would extend its advantage to 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning and would then add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-0.

Pittsenbarger had a very strong outing in the pitching circle for the hosts, fanning nine batters and allowing just one hit. Gellerman delivered Ohio’s lone hit of the second game, singling to center field in the top of the fourth inning.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Thursday, March 21. Ohio will host IPFW in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

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