April 4, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio softball team saw its bats silenced against a tough Kentucky pitching staff, falling 7-0 and 3-0 in a twinbill with the Wildcats.
Ohio could not get anything started against a Kentucky staff that has been honing its skills against the likes of top-20 programs Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Auburn. The Bobcats combined for only six hits in the two games, recording three base knocks in each game.
In the first game, the Bobcat offense was able to put runners in scoring position on two occasions. With one out in the first inning, Courtney Waters (Eagle River, Alaska) singled and stole second but would advance no further than second base. In the fifth frame, Robin Miller (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) singled and Marian Davis (Brighton, Mich.) was hit by a pitch. Miller and Davis then pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third but Ohio was unable to score.
Michelle Sauter (Chehalis, Wash.) took the loss for the Bobcats, surrendering six runs, five earned, in five innings of work. Sauter falls to 7-7 with the loss.
In the second contest, Ohio was held hitless through three frames. Debbie Szalejko (Beavercreek, Ohio) tallied the Bobcats first hit with a double to lead off the fourth but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple.
Ohio attempted to mount a rally in the top of the seventh. Szalejko led off the inning with a single and, one out later, Kelly Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) doubled to put runners on second and third but the Bobcats were unable to capitalize.
Candace Warden (Hagerstown, Md.) took the loss despite a solid outing in the circle. She pitched all six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out three. Warden falls to 5-5 on the year.
The Bobcats fall to 17-19 on the season with the losses.
Ohio will return to Mid-American Conference play on the road this weekend. The Bobcats will play a doubleheader with Toledo Friday and will take on Bowling Green Saturday and Sunday in a two-game set.