April 18, 2012
Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Taking a break from Mid-American Conference competition on Wednesday evening, Ohio Softball played a doubleheader at Ohio State. The Bobcats dropped both contests of the doubleheader, losing in the first game by a final score of 9-5 before falling in the second game by a 13-3 count.
Ohio (16-23) outhit Ohio State in the first game of the afternoon (7-5) but was unable to quiet the Buckeye bats in the second contest, allowing 13 runs on 11 hits.
Ohio State (26-16) leapt out to an early lead in the first game of the day, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 advantage. Following a scoreless second frame, the Buckeyes added to their advantage, scoring six in the bottom of the third inning. After the leadoff batter got to first following an error, Ohio State took advantage of its opportunity and plated six on two hits and three total errors in the inning.
The Bobcats answered back in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three runs to shrink the deficit. Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) began the rally by smacking a double down the left field line, her second extra-base hit of the evening. Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) was able to advance her to third by grounding out to the pitcher. With two outs, Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) singled to the shortstop, bringing in Ohio's first run of the day. Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) then stepped up in a big way, blasting a two-run home run to left center field to make it 7-3.
Trailing 9-3 in the top of the sixth, Ohio was able to shrink the gap once again. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) doubled to center field with one out and was immediately brought in when Gellerman registered her second and third RBI of the evening with a two-run shot to straightaway center field.
Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) threw her second consecutive scoreless inning in the bottom of the sixth but the `Cats were not able to add any more runs in the top of the seventh, ultimately falling 9-5.
Ohio 5, Ohio State 9
WP: Mikayla Endicott (16-10)
LP: Lauren McClary (9-13)
HR: Lauren Gellerman (6), Alexandria Basquez (3)
Ohio got off to a great start in the second game of the evening, swinging its way out to a 2-0 lead. With runners on second and third, King singled to right field to bring Morgart home. Basquez followed her lead in the next at-bat, driving Joseph home with a single to the shortstop.
The Buckeyes answered back in a big way, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take a commanding lead. McClary walked the first three batters of the inning before being subbed out by Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio). A double and a triple quickly gave the Buckeyes four of their runs and Melaina Saafield and Taylor Watkins each added an extra base hit of their own to push the run total to seven.
Ohio State added three more runs in the bottom of the second frame, extending its advantage to eight at 10-2. The Bobcats refused to quit, adding another run in the top of the third inning. King showed great plate discipline with two outs, walking on a 3-2 count. Basquez followed this up by a single to the left side of the infield, allowing King to advance to second and then ultimately to third on the throw. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) took advantage of this, driving in her first run of the evening when she doubled to right field to make the score 10-3.
The Buckeyes added three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 13-3 advantage. No runs were scored by either side after this inning and the game came to an end after the top of the fifth frame.
Ohio 3, Ohio State 13 (Five Innings)
WP: Melanie Nichols (9-6)
LP: Caitlin Colvin (3-5)
The Bobcats will next be in action on Friday, Apr. 20 when they open up a six-game homestand with a doubleheader against the Northern Illinois Huskies. First game is set for 1 p.m.