April 20, 2013
AKRON, Ohio – Picking up its third straight win, the Ohio University softball team (22-22, 5-8 Mid-American Conference) defeated MAC-East rival Akron on the road Saturday, winning by a final score of 6-0. The victory came in the first game of an important two-game series against the Zips, who were level with the Bobcats in the league standings heading into the weekend.
Senior Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) kept up her torrid streak of play on Saturday, leading the Bobcats to victory with one home run and three RBI. Hortman has now clubbed two home runs and driven in eight throughout her last three games, playing a large role in Saturday’s win over Akron and Thursday’s doubleheader sweep of Wright State.
Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) had an excellent day inside the pitching circle on Saturday, going to the distance to record a complete-game, three-hit shutout. The freshman struck out a career-high 11 batters en route to picking up her 11th win of the season.
Ohio 6, Akron 0
WP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (11-8)
LP: Seiler (12-14)
HR: Chelsea Hortman (4), Lauren Gellerman (18), Caitlin Colvin (17)
Ohio got off to a solid start on Saturday, as Hortman drove a home run over the centerfield wall to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. She then followed this up with a two-out, two-run single up the middle, bringing Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) and Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) around to score to give the ‘Cats a three-run cushion.
In the top of the sixth inning, Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) led off the frame with a one-run shot to right center, increasing Ohio’s lead to four runs. Hortman followed this up immediately with another single and Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) came on as a pinch runner. Once Lashley stole second and one out was registered, Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) stepped up to the plate and drove a two-run home run over the right field wall. This gave the Green and White a 6-0 advantage. The home run was Colvin’s 17th of the season.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday against Akron. First pitch between the Bobcats and Zips is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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