April 18, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The Ohio softball team (28-14) returned to action for a mid-week nonconference matchup with Marshall (34-7) on Tuesday (April 12) and despite a two-run blast by Morgan Geno, the Bobcats would fall to the Herd by the final of 3-2.
After Ohio went down in order to open the game, Marshall would get base runners on in the bottom of the frame. Morgan Zerkle would lead the game off with a single to left field. With one out, she would then steal second and then take third on a passed ball when Taylor McCord was hit by a pitch. McCord would steal second uncontested, putting runners on second and third with one out. Starter Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would then get the next batter to ground out and the next batter to line out to end the inning without any damage done.
The Bobcats would get their first base runners of the game in the top of the second inning. Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would lead the inning off with an infield single to second base. She would then be erased from the bases when Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) reached of a fielder’s choice. Then with a runner on with one out, Marshall starter Jordan Dixon would get the next two Bobcats out, sending the game to the bottom of the second still scoreless.
Marshall would strike in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Zerkle would register her second single of the game. She would then be thrown out at second when Elicia D’Orazio would hit into a fielder’s choice. With two outs, she would then steal second and then score when McCord hit a double to left center. McCord would then score on a base hit through the right side by Shaelynn Braxton, Still with two outs and a runner on, Elizabeth Deshields would hit a double to right center, but center fielder MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would throw the ball in from the field to Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) to get Braxton out at home to end the inning with Marshall leading 2-0.
The Bobcats would try to respond in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would crush a double to right center. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get a runner across and Marshall would lead 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
After an uneventful bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth inning, Marshall would add on in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Zerkle would register her third single of the game. She would then advance to second on a ground out from D’Orazio. Then with two outs, McCord would hit a triple off the centerfield wall, scoring Zerkle and giving the Herd a 3-0 lead after five innings.
Ohio would get on the board in the top of the sixth inning, when with one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would reach base on a fielding error by Marshall. Then with two outs, Geno would come to the plate and run the count full, where she would then get ahold of a ball and drive it to straight away center for her eighth home run of the year, cutting the Marshall lead to 3-2.
After Stiene sent the Herd down in order in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bobcats would come to the top of the seventh inning looking to mount a rally. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to do so and would fall by the final of 3-2.
In the circle, Stiene (9-7) got the start, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four while not walking a batter.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored two runs on three hits. Leading the way was Geno who went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Day also added a hit for the Bobcats and Cooper would reach base on an error and she would score a run.
Up next, the Bobcats return to Athens this weekend to start a six-game homestand. The Bobcats will host Mid-American Conference East foe Bowling Green April 21-22. On Friday, April 21, first pitch is set for 5 p.m., and on Saturday, April 22, the Bobcats and Falcons will conclude the series with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field.