BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – In addition to picking up an important Mid-American Conference East Division win over Bowling Green on Saturday, the Ohio University softball team (19-13, 4-3 MAC) set a new program record at Meserve Field. With two home runs in the 5-1 win over the Falcons, the Bobcats have hit 48 home runs in 2013, breaking the prior single-season mark of 47 set last season.
Senior catcher Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) hit both of the Bobcats’ home runs on Saturday afternoon, collecting her 13th and 14th round-trippers of the season. She is now just one behind teammate Caitlin Colvin’s record of 15 (also set this season).
Sophomore pitcher Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) had a strong outing on Saturday, throwing five innings of two-hit, one-run softball. Freshman pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) threw two perfect innings to earn the save, which was the first of her career.
Ohio leapt out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, scoring when Gellerman hit a solo home run to right center field. The long ball was the 13th of the season for Gellerman, tying the prior program record which she co-set with Raven King (Alpine, Utah) in 2012.
The ‘Cats increased their lead in the top of the fourth inning, scoring one more run when Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) hit a bloop single just over the infield to bring Lex Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) around to score. Ohio had the bases loaded later in the inning with two outs, but was not able to add any more runs to increase its advantage.
Bowling Green (17-12, 3-4 MAC) answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning to get on the board. McClary had a no-hitter going through three innings, but it was broken up when Paige Berger hit a sharp double off the centerfield wall. This was followed by a Katie Yoho single, halving Ohio’s lead. McClary was then able to induce three straight popups to end the inning.
Senior Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) came through in the clutch in the top of the sixth inning, hitting a two-out double over the head of the right fielder to bring pinch runner Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) around to score. This gave the ‘Cats a two-run cushion at 3-1.
Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) recorded her first hit of the season in the top of the seventh inning and was promptly rewarded by teammate Gellerman just one batter later. Gellerman hit her second home run of the game—her 14th of the season—to make it 5-1 in favor of the Bobcats.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday against Bowling Green. First pitch between the Bobcats and Falcons is set for 1 p.m.