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Bobcats Drop Doubleheader at Marshall

Ohio's Lauren Gellerman

April 11, 2012

Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Ohio Softball dropped both games of its doubleheader at Marshall on Wednesday, falling by final scores of 17-6 and 10-0. The Bobcats belted two home runs in the first game of the afternoon but encountered a strong pitching performance in the second.

The first game of the doubleheader got off to a roaring start. With one runner on and two outs, Raven King (Alpine, Utah) stepped up to the plate and blasted a home run to make it 2-0. Marshall was able to answer right back in the bottom of the frame, plating three when Alysia Hively hit a three-run shot to right center.

Facing an early 3-2 deficit, Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) led off the top of the second inning with a single to center field. She was driven in just one play later when Chelsea Hortman cranked her fifth home run of the season, making it 4-3 in favor of the Bobcats (15-20). Starting pitcher Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) settled down well after the first inning, not allowing any more runs for the Thundering Herd in the second and third innings.

The fourth inning proved to be a challenge, as Marshall was able to score seven runs in the frame to take a 10-4 advantage. Alianna Telles and Rebecca Gamby hit singles to drive in the first two runs of the inning and were promptly followed by a grand slam from Hively. The home run was Hively’s fourth of the season.

Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) sparked a fifth-inning rally by belting a double to center field to bring home Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) and Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio). Marshall was able to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth, scoring seven more runs. With the bases loaded, Jessica Ferrick blasted the Thundering Herd’s second grand slam of the game, putting the contest out of reach.

Ohio 6, Marshall 17 (Five Innings)
WP: Natalee Pulver (7-5)
LP: Kaylin Clarke (3-5)
HR: Raven King (6), Alysia Hively 2 (4), Chelsea Hortman (5), Jessica Ferrick (3)

Marshall (24-16) kept up its strong play to begin the second game, scoring four runs in the first inning. The Thundering Herd showed strong discipline at the plate, walking four times to keep runners on the basepaths. Hively and Victoria Marvin walked in a run each with the bases loaded, making the score 2-0 in favor of the hosts. A single and a groundout later, Marshall held a 4-0 lead before Caitlin Colvin ended the inning by striking out Ferrick.

The Thundering Herd was able to tack on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning to increase its advantage to 6-0. With runners at first and third, Jessica Hughes sacrifice bunted to the pitcher, bringing home one run before a double steal resulted in one more run.

Marshall then added four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game out of reach, making it 10-0.

Ohio 0, Marshall 10 (Five Innings)
WP: Erika Bennett (3-1)
LP: Caitlin Colvin (3-4)
HR: None

The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday, Apr. 14 when they host the Akron Zips at 2 p.m.