March 30, 2013
Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)
BUFFALO, N.Y. - For the second time in two days, the Ohio University softball team (17-12, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) split a league doubleheader against a MAC East foe. On Saturday the Bobcats defeated Buffalo by a final score of 8-1 in the first action of a two-game series before falling 4-3 in the second contest of the afternoon.
Tessa Bailey and Chelsea Hortman had especially strong days at the plate on Saturday, hitting .500 and .667, respectively. Bailey slugged at an impressive rate of 1.000 in the two games against the Bulls (6-20, 1-3 MAC).
Ohio's pitching staff also performed well on Saturday, as Lauren McClary and Savannah Jo Dorsey posted ERAs of 1.56 and 1.75, respectively. The two young pitchers combined for eight strikeouts while allowing zero walks in 13 innings of work.
Ohio 8, Buffalo 1
WP: Lauren McClary (7-4)
LP: Ryder (0-7)
HR: Tessa Bailey (1)
Ohio got off to a great start in the first game of the afternoon, taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Following a walk by Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.), Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) then singled down the left field line, bringing Gellerman around to score.
The Bobcats added four more runs in the top of the third inning to extend their advantage to 5-0. With one out and the bases loaded, DJ Engelman (Mason, Ohio) singled through the left side to bring Gellerman around to score. Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) then reached on a fielder's choice, scoring the second run of the inning. Bailey alertly stole second and touched the plate when Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a two-out single to drive in two more runs.
Holding a 5-0 advantage, the Bobcats scored three runs during the final two innings of the game to stretch their lead to eight. In the top of the sixth, Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) scored on a throwing error by the second baseman and Gebele hit an RBI single to bring Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) around to score. Bailey then hit a solo home run to left field--her first round-tripper of the season--in the top of the seventh to give the `Cats their eighth run of the game.
Buffalo put a small blemish on a very strong outing by McClary (Pasadena, Texas), scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh. The sophomore ended the contest with another complete game, throwing seven innings and allowing just four hits and one run. She struck out six in the process.
Ohio 3, Buffalo 4
WP: Aviles (3-1)
LP: Lauren McClary (7-5)
HR: Gallardo (4)
Buffalo earned the victory in the second game of the afternoon, taking a 4-3 decision in a close affair.
The Bulls leapt out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring one run in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 advantage. The Bobcats battled back in the top of the fifth inning, taking their first and only lead of the game by plating three runs. With one out and the bases loaded, Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Lex Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) then scored just a few seconds later on a wild pitch to tie the scores at two. Gellerman then brought in the final run, as her hit to centerfield was misplayed and allowed Wolfe to score to give the Bobcats a one-run lead.
Buffalo tied things up in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run and would take the lead for the final time in the bottom of the sixth inning when an Ohio outfield error resulted in an unearned run.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, April 5 at Toledo. The Bobcats will play a doubleheader against the Rockets beginning at 1 p.m. before traveling to play at Bowling Green on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
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