ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (21-22) got back to its winning ways on Thursday afternoon, sweeping the visiting Wright State Raiders in a two-game series. Ohio earned a 5-1 win in the first game of the afternoon before recording a dominant 13-1 victory in five innings during the second contest.
As a team, the Bobcats combined to club 18 hits and average .391 at the plate throughout the two games. Six Bobcats recorded at least two hits on the day, while Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the team with four total hits.
Ohio’s pitchers performed well inside the circle on Thursday as well, allowing just two earned runs, five hits, and an opposing batting average of .125.
Hortman got the ‘Cats off to a fast start in the first game of the afternoon, hitting a clutch, two-out single through the left side of the infield to bring Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) around to score in the bottom of the first inning.
Freshman pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) threw a very strong first four innings, allowing just one hit and one walk through Wright State’s first 14 batters.
The bottom of the fourth was a big inning for the Bobcats, as Ohio launched two solo home runs to triple its lead. Hortman cranked her third of the season early in the inning, hitting a deep blast which cleared the scoreboard behind the centerfield wall. Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) then hit one of her own, collecting her 16th round-tripper of the season when she hit one over the left field wall to make it 3-0.
Wright State scored one run in the top of the fifth inning, but without a great defensive play, it could have been more. With one in, one out, and the bases loaded, a ball was hit deep to centerfielder Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio). The junior made a nice catch, then set her feet and threw a strike down the middle of the field right into the mitt of Gellerman. The senior catcher applied the tag on a runner attempting to come home, ending the inning on a terrific play.
With Gellerman on first base and two outs, Hortman drove in her third run of the game when she hit a triple to right field. This gave the ‘Cats a three-run lead (4-1) and was the senior’s second double of the season.
Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) recorded her second hit of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning. She was brought around to score when Wolfe hit a two-out double to give the ‘Cats a 5-1 advantage.
Game Two: Ohio 13, Wright State 1 (Five Innings) WP: Lauren McClary (9-12) LP: Chelsea Contant (0-1) S: None HR: Alyssa Wolfe 2 (4)
Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings, setting the tone for the second game of the day. The Bobcats struck early and hard, piecing together a massive second inning which included eight runs and the Green and White batting around the order.
With two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the second inning, Wolfe hit a deep blast over the left center field netting to give the Bobcats an early 3-0 advantage. This was the third home run of the season for the junior outfielder.
Following a walk by Lex Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.), Sloan Walker (Cypress, Texas) tagged a double to left center field, bringing Cortez around to score to make it 4-0 in favor of the Bobcats. Gellerman would later add a single through the left side to score Walker, and Hortman added another RBI to her total on the day, hitting a double to right center to bring a speedy Gellerman around to score from first.
Colvin continued the onslaught, hitting a double off of the top of the left centerfield wall, scoring two more runs to give the ‘Cats an 8-0 edge.
Adding an insurance run in the bottom of the third inning, Wolfe hit her second home run of the day to make it 9-0. The ‘Cats would then add three more runs to this advantage, stretching their advantage to 12-0.
Following two hits and one run by Wright State in the top of the fourth, Ohio executed a double steal with two outs which resulted in Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) safely getting home to make it 13-1.
Ohio will next be in action on Saturday, April 20 at Akron. First pitch between the Bobcats and Zips is scheduled for 2 p.m.