TOLEDO, Ohio - Friday was a historic day for the Ohio University softball team (18-13, 3-3 Mid-American Conference), as two program records were set in a doubleheader split at Toledo. Senior Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) set the new single-season home run record and senior Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) set the new career RBI standard in the second game of the day.
Following a 4-3 loss in the first game of the day, the Bobcats dominated the second game, winning by a final score of 6-0. Colvin set the single-season home run mark in the top of the first inning, hitting a home run to right field with two outs. She would later add to her record, hitting a two-run shot in the third inning. The prior mark of 13 was set by Raven King (Alpine, Utah) and Gellerman during the 2012 season.
Gellerman broke Ohio's career RBI record in the top of the seventh inning when she doubled to left field, recording the 115th RBI of her career. This broke the prior mark of 114 set by Margo Ruther, who played at Ohio from 1993-96.
Following a scoreless first two innings, the Bobcats struck first in the top of the third inning via the bat of Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.). The senior stepped up to the plate with two outs and drove a no-doubter over the left center field wall to make it 1-0 in favor of the Green and White. The home run was Gellerman's 11th of the season.
The Rockets answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two runs with the bases loaded. With three on and none out, Ohio was able to limit the damage to just two runs as Toledo appeared poised to have a big inning.
Raven King (Alpine, Utah) drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fifth inning to level the scores at two apiece. Gellerman then launched her second home run of the afternoon in the top of the seventh, giving the `Cats a 3-2 lead.
Toledo wasn't done, however. The Rockets' Courtney McCarthy hit a leadoff home run to pull level in the bottom of the seventh inning. Then, with two outs and a runner at third, Morgan Smith hit a sharp single through the left side of the infield to bring the winning run around to score.
The second game of the afternoon was all Ohio. The Bobcats clubbed eight hits--two of which were home runs--and scored six runs while playing great defense. Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) threw a tremendous game, going the full seven innings while allowing just three hits and zero runs.
Colvin hit her record-setting 14th home run of the season in the top of the first inning, slamming a ball to the opposite field and over the right-field wall to make it 1-0. She then drove in the next two runs of the contest, hitting her 15th home run of the season in the top of the third inning to make it 3-0.
Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) was very sharp on the base paths, working her way around adeptly in the sixth inning to make it 4-0 in favor of Ohio.
In the top of the seventh inning, Gellerman set the program RBI record with a double to left field, bringing Sloan Walker (Cypress, Texas) in to score. Colvin then singled to right field, bringing Gellerman to the plate to make it 6-0.
Ohio will next be in action on Saturday afternoon at Bowling Green. First pitch between the Bobcats and Falcons is set for 2 p.m.