March 22, 2006
Orlando, Fla. - The Ohio softball team concluded the Rebel Games with a 5-1 loss to Cornell and a 2-1, nine-inning loss to Vermont. The Bobcats fall back to .500, at 15-15, with the losses.
Ohio fell in the day's opener against Cornell despite putting nine runners on base throughout the game. The Bobcats scored their lone run in the top of the fifth. Courtney Waters (Eagle River, Alaska) singled with one out and stole second base to move into scoring position. With two outs, Alicia Catlette (Mogadore, Ohio) plated Waters to close Ohio within 2-1.
Cornell countered with three runs in its half of the fifth frame and the Bobcats were unable to mount a comeback.
Candace Warden (Hagerstown, Md.) took the loss for the Bobcats, allowing four earned runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.
The Bobcats fell in extra innings to Vermont despite a dominating performance from starter Michelle Sauter (Chehalis, Wash.). The sophomore pitcher threw all nine innings, striking out a career-high 16 batters, while surrendering only one earned run on six hits. The 16 punch outs are the most by a Bobcat since Heather Hagen struck out 15 Akron batters March 29, 2002. The nine innings of work marks the first time March 26, 2003, that a Bobcat pitched more than eight innings, when Jenny Tisevich threw nine innings against Ball State.
Ohio trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh but sent the game into extra innings thanks to Waters. Kristen Salvatore (Kirtland, Ohio) reached on an error and advanced to second on an errant throw. One batter later, Waters singled to left to plate Salvatore and even the score at one.
After a scoreless eighth, the Catamounts scored a run in the top of the ninth to take a 2-1 edge. The Bobcats were unable to comeback this time around in falling to Vermont.
The Bobcats return to Ohio with a doubleheader against Wright State Tuesday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. followed by the second game at 4 p.m.