ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University Softball Team (15-10) got back to its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, picking up a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Canisius Golden Griffins (11-8). Ohio won the first game of the afternoon by a final score of 4-0 and withheld a furious late rally by the visitors to hang on for a 7-6 win in the second contest of the day.
Ohio hit well as a team on Saturday, combining for 15 hits in 48 at bats (.313). The Bobcats hit four home runs and two doubles in the two games against the Griffins. Five Bobcats recorded multiple hits on the afternoon with senior slugger Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) leading the way. Gellerman went 4-5 from the dish, hit two home runs, drove in two runs, and slugged at a rate of 2.000. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) and Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) also hit round-trippers on Saturday.
The Bobcats received very strong pitching performances on Saturday as well. Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) threw a complete-game shutout in the first contest, recording her third shutout of the season and her fourth complete game of the year. The sophomore fanned six batters in seven innings of work while allowing just six hits and one walk. Freshman Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) earned the win in the second game of the afternoon, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing five runs (one earned) while striking out six. Sophomore Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) came on and picked up a save in the second game of the day.
Ohio’s defense proved to be reliable on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats successfully fielded 98.2 percent of their chances and committed just one error.
McClary got off to a great start in this one, throwing 2.1 innings without allowing a single hit. Her play was matched by her teammates on the offensive end, as the Green and White scored two early runs in the bottom of the first inning. Following a Gellerman single and a Colvin walk, Gebele doubled up the middle to bring in the first run of the afternoon. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) then brought Colvin around to score when she singled through the left side of the infield.
Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) had her head on a swivel while navigating the base paths in the bottom of the fourth inning. After reaching second on an error by the left fielder, Bailey advanced to third on a bunt single by Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.). She then alertly scored when Dalton tried to stretch her single to second base.
Ohio’s final run of the game came via a Gellerman solo shot to right field.
Trailing 1-0 following the top of the first inning, Ohio scored the next seven runs of the game to pull out to a 7-1 advantage. The Bobcats scored at a consistent pace throughout the early stages of the game, plating all seven of these runs in the first five innings. Colvin scored the first run of the game via a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. This was followed in the second by Dalton scoring unearned on a passed ball by the Canisius catcher.
Back-to-back home runs were the story of the third inning, as Gellerman and Colvin followed one another with long shots to make it 4-1 in favor of the Bobcats.
Facing a 7-1 deficit, Canisius came storming back, scoring five runs in the final two innings. The Golden Griffins plated four in the top of the sixth and one more in the seventh, ultimately bringing the go-ahead run to bat with two outs. A groundout to Dalton at shortstop put the game away just a few pitches later.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, March 29 at Kent State. The Bobcats and Golden Flashes will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. This will be Ohio’s first Mid-American Conference action of the 2013 season.