April 12, 2013
Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two) | Photo Gallery
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team (19-18, 4-6 MAC) was swept by the defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Miami RedHawks on Friday afternoon, losing both games of a doubleheader by final scores of 1-0 and 11-5.
Ohio struggled at the plate in the series against the RedHawks (14-22, 8-2 MAC), hitting .235 as a team while leaving 15 runners on base throughout the two games. Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Raven King (Alpine, Utah) each collected multiple hits throughout the series, as Hortman led the team with three while King recorded two.
Game One: Ohio 0, Miami 1
WP: Jenna Modic (2-4)
LP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (9-7)
Miami struck first in the opening game of the series, playing smart small ball in the third inning. The RedHawks sacrifice bunted a runner to second base with one out already having been recorded in the inning. This paid off when Jenna Modic hit a double to centerfield, bringing Tiyona Marshall around to score.
The game proved to be a pitchers' duel deep into the affair, with Miami's run in the third proving to be the only score through the entirety of the game.
Ohio threatened in the bottom of the sixth, collecting three hits and getting runners on second and third base with two outs. Pinch hitter Lex Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) hit a sharp liner over the infield, but it was caught by the onrushing centerfielder to end Ohio's scoring opportunity.
Savannah Jo Dorsey threw a strong outing in the first game, striking out five batters and just allowing six hits. The freshman only walked one batter and allowed one earned run in the contest.
Game Two: Ohio 5, Miami 11
WP: Jenna Modic (3-4)
LP: Lauren McClary (8-9)
HR: Kylie McChesney (2), Kristy Arbour (1), Jenna Modic (1), Raven King (4), DJ Engelman (2)
Miami got off to a fast start in the second game of the series, taking an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Kylie McChesney. A few batters later, Kristy Arbour hit a deep shot over the right center field wall with one runner on base, giving the RedHawks an early 3-0 lead.
Hortman broke up Paige Myers' no-hitter in the bottom of the third inning. The senior was able to get to second through a passed ball, but was ultimately stranded there to end the inning.
Miami doubled its advantage in the top of the fourth inning, tacking on three more runs when Modic hit a deep shot over the right field wall. This led to a pitching change for the Bobcats, as Dorsey came on to replace Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas).
The bottom of the fourth inning was a strong one for the `Cats, as King hit a solo shot to put Ohio on the board. Following a Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) hit and stolen base, DJ Engelman (Mason, Ohio) stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter and blasted a two-run shot over the right field wall to pull the `Cats within three runs (6-3).
Miami was able to add five more runs on five hits and one Ohio error in the top of the fifth inning, extending its advantage to 11-3. Ohio added one run in the bottom of the fifth frame via a Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) sacrifice fly, bringing pinch runner Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) around to score and cutting Miami's lead to seven runs. An RBI single by Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) drove in Ohio's final run of the day in the bottom of the sixth frame.
Ohio will next be in action on Saturday, April 13 against league-leading Ball State. First pitch between the Bobcats and Cardinals is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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