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Bobcats Earn Close Win over Zips, 9-7

Jodi Hermanek moved into fourth place in Ohio Softball coaching history with her 84th win on Saturday

April 14, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Softball got back to its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, defeating the visiting Akron Zips by a final count of 9-7. The win was the 84th in the Ohio career of head coach Jodi Hermanek, putting her in fourth place of the Bobcats' all-time coaching wins list.

The Bobcats received a solid start from freshman pitcher Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas), who went 5.1 innings, striking out four and only allowing two earned runs. Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) ultimately earned the win, coming in when the score was 2-2 in the fifth inning and pitching the `Cats to a lead in the middle of the contest.

Ohio hitters backed the pitching performances, collecting 10 total hits on the day. Jillian Van Wagnen belted three hits while Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) and Lauren Gellerman each struck two.

Ohio (16-20, 5-4 MAC) got on the board first, scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) hit a sharp liner to the shortstop. The infielder was unable to make the play, allowing Joseph to get to first and Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) to come home.

The Bobcats were able to increase their advantage to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) showed great awareness on the basepaths, scoring on a wild pitch.

Akron (13-23-1, 0-9 MAC) got on the board and evened things up in the top of the fifth inning. A double to left field by Kellie Roudabush began the frame in a good way for the Zips. A sacrifice brought her to third base and a single by Taryn Allmon ultimately brought her home. Allmon was then able to score a few plays later, coming around when Brittany Maurer doubled to left field.

The Bobcats had a huge fifth inning of their own, plating five runs to leap out to a 7-2 advantage. With runners on second and third, Morgart hit a sharp double to left center, driving in Van Wagnen and Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio). Morgart then scored on a passed ball before Raven King (Alpine, Utah) walked and was later driven in by a two-run home run off the bat of Gellerman.

Ohio then added two more in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring when Wolfe doubled to right field and Joseph drove one more in on a sacrifice to second base.

With the `Cats holding a 9-3 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning, the game appeared to be all but over. Akron had other ideas, plating four runs in the frame to bring the game to a nail-biting conclusion. The Zips plated four runs on four hits and ultimately brought the winning run to the plate before McClary was able to get Crystal Hernandez to fly out to left field to end the game.

Ohio 9, Akron 7
WP: Kaylin Clarke (4-5)
LP: Brittany Maurer (11-18)
HR: Rachael Ratcliffe (7), Lauren Gellerman (5)

The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday when they host the Zips in the series finale. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field.