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Gellerman Hits Three Home Runs as Buckeyes Sweep `Cats

Ohio's Lauren Gellerman

April 9, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (19-16, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) ran into a tough Ohio State (23-14, 3-6 Big Ten) squad on Tuesday night, falling twice to the visiting Buckeyes. Ohio State won the first game of the evening by a final score of 4-2 before earning a 6-1 win in the final contest.

In a two-game series which featured solid pitching by both teams, Ohio hit .143 as a team in its 49 at bats. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) led the way offensively for the Green and White, going 3-4 and driving in three runs. All three of her hits were solo home runs, and she was responsible for all three of the Bobcat runs which crossed the plate throughout the course of the two games.

“I’ve just been feeling really comfortable in the (batter’s) box,” Gellerman said. “I just saw the ball and hit it, and wasn’t really thinking too much.”

With her three home runs on the day, Gellerman re-claimed the title of single-season home run leader from teammate Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Was.). Gellerman now has 17 home runs in 2013, breaking Colvin’s mark of 15 set on April 5.

“I think it’s a low-key competition,” Gellerman said. “I’m happy for her whenever she hits home runs and I think it’s the same way for her. We’re roommates and we’re both always happy for each other when we’re hitting home runs and helping out the team.”

Game One: Ohio 2, Ohio State 4
WP: Kasie Kelly (4-2)
LP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (9-6)
S: None
HR: Lauren Gellerman 2 (16), Leesa Gresham (9)

Ohio State threatened early in the first game, loading the bases in the top of the first inning with just one out. Freshman pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) was able to get out of the jam quickly, retiring the next two batters to defuse the threat.

Ohio took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, jumping out to a 1-0 advantage when Gellerman hit a solo home run over the scoreboard in center field to cap a nine-pitch at bat. The home run was Gellerman’s 15th of the season, tying her with Colvin for the single-season program record.

The game took a drastic turn in the top of the fifth inning, when Ohio State scored four runs on two hits. With two runners on base, Cammi Prantl broke up Dorsey’s no-hitter with a sharp shot down the left-field line. This drove in one run and put runners on first and third. Leesa Gresham then stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run to left center field to give the Buckeyes a 4-1 advantage.

Gellerman hit another solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull the ‘Cats within two runs (4-2). Ohio was then able to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t quite find the tying hit in the final stages of the game.

Game Two: Ohio 1, Ohio State 6
WP: Alex DiDomenico (9-6)
LP: Lauren McClary (8-8)
S: None
HR: Taylor Watkins (7), Lauren Gellerman (17)

Ohio ran into a great pitching performance in the second game of the evening, as Ohio state’s Alex DiDomenico struck out 17 Bobcat batters en route to picking up a complete-game victory.

Evelyn Carrillo got the Buckeyes off to a strong start in the top of the first inning, driving in one run with a two-out double to right center field to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 advantage following the conclusion of the top of the first inning.

DiDomenico proved unhittable through the first two innings for the Buckeyes, striking out the first six Bobcat batters she faced. She received additional run support in the top of the third inning when Taylor Watkins hit a two-run shot to center field and Maddy McIntyre spun a triple over the third-base bag to bring around another runner, making it 4-0.

Gellerman then hit her third home run in the third inning, putting the ‘Cats on the board and pulling them within three runs (4-1).

With two outs and one on, Taylor Watkins hit a home run to right center field to give OSU a 6-1 advantage.

Ohio will next be in action on Friday, April 12 against Miami. First pitch between the Bobcats and RedHawks is set for 1 p.m. from the Ohio Softball Field.  

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