April 9, 2006
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Ohio softball team fought back to tie Bowling Green in the top half of the seventh inning but walked in a run with two outs in the bottom half of the frame in falling to the Falcons 3-2.
The Bobcats come away with a split against Mid-American Conference East Division-leading Bowling Green. Ohio has split all four conference series in moving to 4-4 in MAC play and 19-21 overall.
Ohio trailed 2-1 going into the seventh inning but rallied to even the score at two. Shannon Weidner (Pickerington, Ohio) led off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Robin Miller (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) also reached on a Bowling Green miscue to put Bobcats on first and third.
One out later, pinch-hitter Cathy Walters (Chandler, Ariz.) singled to score pinch-runner Kristen Salvatore (Kirtland, Ohio) for her first RBI of the season. Bowling Green's third error of the inning loaded the bases for Ohio but Falcon pitcher Hayley Wiemer induced an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Bowling Green loaded the bases via two singles and a Bobcat error. Candace Warden (Hagerstown, Md.) worked Allison Vallas into a full count but lost her to walk in the game-winning run.
Warden took the loss for Ohio, surrendering one unearned run on three hits in two innings of work. Michelle Sauter (Chehalis, Wash.) got the start for the Bobcats, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits.
The Bobcats fell behind early after the Falcons tallied a single run in the first inning. Ohio used some base running trickery in the top of the fifth to even the game at one. With one out, Emily Futscher (Cincinnati, Ohio) singled and Danielle Kelley (Franklin, Tenn.), who pinch-ran for Weidner, moved to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. With two outs, the Bobcats pulled off a successful double steal with Kelley swiping home to tie the game at one.
Bowling Green chased Sauter in its half of the fifth inning, putting a single tally on the board to take a 2-1 edge.
Ohio will return to action Wednesday when it hosts 24th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Bobcat home opener. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.