Dalton's Day: Freshman Amanda Dalton went 3-3 and drove in 50 percent of Ohio's runs Sunday
April 21, 2013
AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (23-22, 6-8 Mid-American Conference) picked up its fourth straight win on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Akron Zips by a final score of 4-2 in an extra-inning battle. The win was Ohio’s second is as many days against the Zips, giving the visiting Bobcats a sweep of the season series.
“It was huge,” head coach Jodi Hermanek said on the importance of the series sweep at Akron. “The teams that we’re going to face over the next few weekends are all in the chase for the conference championship tournament and we need to come out here and play as though we are 0-0 in the conference season. Each game at this point means a lot to our future success and it was big to come out here and get these two wins.”
The game was a pitchers’ duel in the truest sense of the phrase, as the two opposing starters combined for 21 strikeouts, 18 fly outs, and seven groundouts. Only three walks were surrendered throughout the entire contest.
Ohio scored the first and what appeared to be the winning run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Zips would battle back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extras. In the top of the eighth inning, Ohio distanced itself considerably from Akron, scoring three runs to take a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the frame.
Much like in Saturday’s game, Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) picked up the win for the Bobcats. Teammate Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) came on in the late stages of the contest, recording the final out with the potential winning run at the plate to record the save.
Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) had a terrific game offensively, going 3-3 from the plate to drive in two of Ohio’s four runs. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) was the other Bobcat to record multiple hits in the win, as she went 2-4 from inside the batter’s box.
“Amanda had some amazing at bats all weekend long,” Hermanek added. “I’m very proud of her, especially with the bases loaded and two outs: she really worked to get on base and didn’t try to do too much. She’s in a good spot right now and is really looking good at the plate. She also made some great defensive plays for us today.”
Ohio 4, Akron 2
WP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (12-8)
LP: Seiler (12-15)
S: Lauren McClary (3)
Ohio would advance runners to third base in each of the first two innings but was unable to take advantage. On the other side of the scorecard, Dorsey retired six of the first seven Akron batters she faced to close out the first two frames.
Akron (18-22, 4-10 MAC) came dangerously close to breaking the 0-0 deadlock in the bottom of the fifth inning when Taryn Allmon led off with a triple to right field. Dorsey calmly recorded three straight popups to end the frame, however, keeping the hosts from taking the lead.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Dalton stepped up to the plate and singled to center field, bringing the pinch-running Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) home to score and give the ‘Cats a 1-0 advantage.
With one runner on third base and one out recorded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Akron tied things up at one apiece when Iesha Mountain scored on a wild pitch.
Ohio refused to quit in this one, plating three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Following singles by Gebele and Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.), Raven King (Alpine, Utah) tripled to right, bringing home Gebele and the pinch-running Biz Eyrise (Brookfield, Wis.) to give the ‘Cats a 3-1 lead. Dalton then kept up her strong offensive play, hitting a sacrifice fly to left field in order to give the ‘Cats one more insurance run.
“After I got my first hit (of the series) yesterday, my confidence went up,” Dalton said. “I just knew at that point to trust myself and trust my training heading into all of my at bats.”
The cushion proved important, as Akron scored one run and had the potential winning run step up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning. McClary came on and closed out the game at this point, inducing a ground ball to the infield which ended the game.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, April 26 at Western Michigan. The Bobcats and Broncos will begin a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
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