March 19, 2017
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – With both starting pitchers Danielle Stiene and Savannah Jo Dorsey taking perfect games into the late innings, the Ohio softball team (19-6) wrapped up a perfect weekend by sweeping Sunday’s competition at the College of Charleston Tournament. In the first game, Stiene and the Bobcats defeated Western Carolina (5-10) 2-0 and came back and were led by Dorsey in Ohio’s 2-1 win against the College of Charleston (13-11).
"It was an awesome team win to finish off a winning weekend," Dorsey said. " It gives us great momentum heading into conference play, and I'm really proud of our team. Run support and intensity made being in the circle fun and easy for Madison and I today."
"Overall, a 5-0 weekend is certainly something to be proud of," head coach Jodi Hermanek said. " We got top performances from our pitching staff this weekend. Dani and Savvy were awesome in commande, rising to the challenge and competed hard in all five games. We had good offense this weekend and in many occasions, had a varity of personnel contribute to the success."
GAME ONE: Ohio 2, Western Carolina 0
The Bobcats opened play on Sunday morning against Western Carolina and picked up right where they left off the night before, jumping on the board first. In the top of the first inning, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) led the game off with a single to the short stop. Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) then singled to third base and Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) followed that up with a single to center field to load the bases. Saxton would then score on a sacrifice fly to left field form Natalie Alvaerz (Long Beach, Calif.), giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead.
"We came out solid this morning for a quality win against WCU," Hermanek said. " Dani led us in the circle in a big way."
After starter Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) picked up right where she left off the day before, sending the Western Carolina batters down in order, Ohio got runners on the bases once again when Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Saxton both drew walks. However, the Bobcats would not score and would lead 1-0.
After two straight one-two-three innings from both teams, the Bobcats made some noise again in the top of the fifth inning. Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio_ walked to lead off the inning, however she would be removed fro the bases when Saxton reached on a fielder’s choice. Saxton would then steal second and then advance to third on a throwing error. However, the Bobcats would not score and would continue to lead 1-0.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Western Carolina would get their first base runner of the game when with two outs, the WCU batter doubled to left center. However, Stiene would get the next batter to fly out and would continue to lead 1-0. The base runner was the first against Stiene and the first hit she has allowed in 9.2 innings.
The Bobcats added on in the top of the sixth inning when with two outs, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) crushed her fourth home run of the season to centerfield, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
After the Bobcats would not add on in the top of the seventh inning, Western Carolina attempted a comeback in the bottom of the frame. WCU would get back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second with no outs. However, Stiene would get the next batter to pop up and would strikeout the final two batters of the game, to lead Ohio to the 2-0 win.
In the circle, Stiene (6-2) was dominate once again, pitching the seven innings complete game shut out. She did not allow a run or walk on three hits while striking out 12.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored two run son five hits. Saxton went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run score and Geno added a hit and an RBI with her solo home run. Alvarez went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Holland and Day both added hits for the Bobcats.
GAME TWO: Ohio 2, College of Charleston 1
The Bobcats returned to action against host College of Charleston for their final game of the weekend and would be led by another specular performance by Dorsey.
"I'm proud of this team for staying steady in a tight and intesnse game through five innings, and then finally breaking out with a lead-off double by Day, then scoring on a great at bat by Natalie," Hermanek said." Savannah shut down CC's talented offense, which is a tribute to the elite pitcher that she is."
In the top of the first inning, the Bobcats got a runner on when with two outs, Day would single up the middle. However, she would not score and the Bobcats would go to the bottom of the frame, where Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would send the College of Charleston batters down in order.
In the top of the second, Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) would draw a walk, but the Ohio offense would not be able to get her around.
After a quiet third inning from both teams, Ohio would get a runner on board again when Day led the inning off by being hit by a pitch. However, she would not score and Dorsey would come back and send the College of Charleston batters down in order once again to keep the score 0-0 after four innings.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ohio made noise on the bases once again. With one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) singled to center field. She would then advance to second on a ground out by Cole. Then with two outs, Saxton would single to the pitcher to put runners on first and third. However, the Ohio offense would be unable to push a run across and would go to the bottom of the frame with the score still tied at 0-0.
The Bobcats’ pushing finally paid off in the top of the sixth inning. Day led off with a double to centerfield. She would then score when Alvarez added her own double to centerfield, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) would enter the game to run for Alvarez and would advance to third when Hutchinson ground out. Claytor would then come to the plate and single through the left side, scoring Keen and giving Ohio a 2-0 lead.
The Bobcats attempted to add on in the top of the seventh inning when Cole led off with a single. Saxton then reached on a fielder’s choice that eliminated Cole from the base path. Saxton then stole second, however she would be unable to score and Ohio would enter the bottom of the frame leading 2-0.
The College of Charleston would try and mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. The lead off batter would single, breaking up Dorsey’s perfect game. Then runner would advance to second on a ground out and then with two outs, another CofC batter would single and make the score 2-1. Dorsey would get the final batter to strike out swinging and the Bobcats would come away with the 2-1 victory.
In the circle, Dorsey (11-3) continued the weekend of dominant pitching, going all seven innings, and allowing one run on two hits and striking out 10 and did not walk a batter.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored two runs on seven hits. Day went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double. Alvarez added a double and an RBI and Claytor also had a hit and an RBI. Saxton, Cooper and Cole also added hits for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats return to Athens on March 24-25 when Ohio opens Mid-American Conference play against MAC West foe Toledo. The Bobcats will take on the Rockets on Friday, March 24 at 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field. Ohio will then wrap up the weekend with Toledo on Saturday, March 25 with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the OSF.