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Bobcats Fall to MAC-Leading Cardinals, 8-4

In addition to recording two hits Sunday, Dakota Pyles had a strong showing on defense

April 14, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team (19-20, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) was unable to stop the red hot Ball State Cardinals (28-11, 12-0 MAC) on Sunday afternoon, losing by a final score of 8-4 at the Ohio Softball Field.

The Bobcats recorded six hits and one home run in the loss on Sunday. As a team, the Bobcats have now clubbed 59 home runs on the season, a mark which ties for the second highest total in MAC history.

Ball State's offense had a strong day, as the Cardinals clubbed 11 hits in 33 at bats. The Cardinals were led by Loren Cihlar's three hits and Hanne Stuedemann's three RBI in their 12th consecutive MAC win.

Ohio 4, Ball State 8
WP: Kelsey Schifferdecker (10-2)
LP: Lauren McClary (8-11)
S: None
HR: Hanne Stuedemann (6), Selena Reyna (3), Chelsea Hortman (2)

Patience was the theme of Ohio's first inning, as the `Cats forced Ball State pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker into throwing 36 pitches in the opening frame. Following a walk by Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio), Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) won a 10-pitch battle with a sharp double down the right field line. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) then won a similar battle, earning a 10-pitch walk to load the bases for Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.). Colvin lined to the first baseman to end the inning.

Ball State struck first on Sunday, scoring with one out in the top of the third inning when Jennifer Gilbert hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field. The fly ball drove Lauren Cihlar home from third, putting the Cardinals ahead, 1-0.

The Bobcats answered back immediately, scoring their first run of the day when Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) hit a hard line drive to right center, bringing around teammate Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) to score from first base. Ohio then took its first lead of the series just a few plays later, as Gellerman alertly scampered home on a passed ball which slipped out of the catching mitt of Ball State's Sadie Robertson.

Following two singles in the top of the fifth inning, Hanne Stuedemann changed the game with one swing of her bat. The designated player hit a three-run home run over the left center field wall, taking the Cardinals from a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 lead.

Ball State then added one more run in the top of the sixth inning, scoring an additional run when an Ohio infield error allowed Briana Evans to advance from second to home. This gave the Cardinals a 5-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Ohio threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting two runners on base in the form of a King walk and Dakota Pyles' (Galloway, Ohio) second hit of the afternoon. Bobcat hitters were unable to take advantage of this opportunity, however, as the next two were retired in order to end the inning.

Ball State was able to put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning, adding three runs when Reyna hit her second home run of the season. The round-tripper was of the three-run variety and gave Ball State an 8-2 lead.

Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) recorded her second successful pinch-hit appearance in as many attempts, leading off the seventh inning with a hit. One out later, she was brought around to score when Hortman hit her second home run in as many days, pulling the `Cats within four runs at 8-4.

Ohio will next be in action on Wednesday, April 17 against Marshall. The Bobcats and Thundering Herd will play a doubleheader in Athens beginning at 4 p.m.

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