Alexandria Basquez drove in the winning run in Ohio's victory over Ball State on Friday
April 6, 2012
Box Score (Game One)| Box Score (Game Two)
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ohio Softball played its first Mid-American Conference road contests of the season on Friday, splitting a doubleheader at Ball State. The Bobcats were defeated in the first game by a final score of 8-5 before winning a comeback thriller in the second contest, 7-6.
Ohio trailed 5-2 in the second game of the day before pulling off a heroic comeback, scoring five of the game's final six runs to capture a 7-6 win.
The Bobcats (15-16, 4-2 MAC) got off to a great start in the first game of the day, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning to leap out to an early lead. With Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) in scoring position, Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) hit a single to left field, bringing in the first run of the day. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) then hit a clutch single of her own, driving in two more runs to give the `Cats a 3-0 advantage.
Ball State scored its first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning when Jennifer Gilbert hit a home run to center field. Ohio was able to answer this in the top of the third, extending its lead to 4-1 when reigning MAC East Player of the Week Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) drove in Joseph with a single through the left side.
The Cardinals showed in the fifth and sixth innings why they have the best offense in the conference, slugging in seven runs to take a commanding late lead. With multiple runners in scoring position, Audrey Bickel doubled to right field, driving in two runs in the bottom of the fifth. This was followed by a three-run home run in the sixth from Gilbert, her second such blast of the day. The Cardinals added two additional runs in the inning, putting the game out of reach.
Ohio 5, Ball State 8
WP: Kim Mazzapica (12-3)
LP: Lauren McClary (8-9)
HR: Jennifer Gilbert 2 (7)
Ball State (22-11, 2-2 MAC) tried to pick up where it left off in the second game of the afternoon, leaping out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Ohio answered back in the top of the second, scoring two runs to pull within one. A move to pinch run Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) paid immediate dividends, as the junior stole second base, allowing Gellerman to score from third on a throwing error. Van Wagnen then doubled down the right-field line, bringing Jenna Giusti (Danville, Calif) around to score Ohio's second run of the contest.
Two more runs by the Cardinals in the bottom of the frame gave them a 5-2 advantage.
Following two fully scoreless innings, Ohio scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to level the scores at five apiece. A Gellerman single up the middle in the fifth drove in Joseph and Morgart before a two-out Van Wagnen single in the sixth brought Giusti around.
Ball State scored a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, seeming to take control of the game in the late stages. Ohio had other plans, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to not only keep its hopes alive, but also to take a 7-6 lead. Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) proved to be the difference, as she drove in two runs with two outs in the inning.
Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) was able to close things out from this point, striking out three Cardinal hitters to secure the comeback victory.
Ohio 7, Ball State 6
WP: Lauren McClary (9-9)
LP: Audrey Workman (10-8)
HR: Taylor Rager (8)
The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday at Miami. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.