ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Softball picked up its 20th and 21st wins of the season on Tuesday, earning a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Dayton Flyers. The Bobcat offense was on fire Tuesday, scoring 25 runs on 29 hits throughout the two games.
Fifteen runs achieved in the second game ties the highest single game scoring output in program history. The ‘Cats belted five home runs in the second contest of the afternoon, a new program record. With the two victories, the 2012 season marks the seventh consecutive campaign in which the ‘Cats have achieved 20 wins or more.
The Bobcats (21-24) earned a 10-7 win in a game-one shootout, registering ten hits. Ohio then caught fire right from the start of the second game, belting eight hits and scoring nine runs in the first inning alone en route to winning by a final count of 15-8.
Raven King (Alpine, Utah) generated the most impressive offensive numbers of the day, going 4-7, hitting three home runs, driving in seven and scoring three more.
QUICK STATS FROM TUESDAY Ohio hit nine home runs in the two games, bringing its season total to 33. This currently ranks second in program history. Entering the day with 164 strikeouts, Lauren McClary added seven more to now have accumulated 171 on the season. This is second all-time in program history for a single season. Ohio has now won 12 straight games over the University of Dayton
Dayton (19-26) got on the board first in the opening game, getting two runners on base before Lauren Nacke hit a three-run home run to take an early advantage. Ohio answered back immediately, plating three in the bottom of the first frame to level the scores. With Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) on base, Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) belted a three-run home run to left field.
Facing a 6-3 deficit in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio scored two runs to shrink the gap. King hit a solo shot to center field, beginning a rally. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) got on base via an error and was ultimately brought home to score when Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) singled up the middle.
The ‘Cats were then able to add four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking the lead for the first time of the day and for good. Basquez belted a leadoff solo shot to tie the game before Gebele doubled to center field with two outs. Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) helped her cause in the pitching circle during the next at-bat, singling up the middle to bring in another run. With one runner on base and two outs already registered, pinch-hitting Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) launched a two-run home run to right field to plate the third and fourth runs of the inning.
The second game was all Ohio right from the start. Following a scoreless first inning thrown by pitcher Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.), the Bobcats ripped the game wide open by scoring an astounding nine runs in the bottom of the first frame. Van Wagnen singled and advanced to third when Joseph hit a single to left field. Joseph then stole second, putting two runners in scoring position. Basquez proved to be clutch in the next at-bat, singling up the middle to drive in two runs.
Gellerman followed this up by singling through the left side of the infield, advancing Basquez to second. With two runners aboard, King hit a no-doubter to right center field, bringing in three more runs. Gebele then hit one of her own, registering back-to-back home runs for the ‘Cats.
Van Wagnen got in on the act in her second at-bat of the inning, pulling a three-run home run to right field. The home run was Van Wagnen’s first of the season.
Facing a 10-0 deficit, Dayton scored six runs in the top of the third inning to close the gap.
The Flyers then added two more in the top of the fifth inning, making the score 10-8. Ohio was able to put the game away in the bottom of the frame, adding three more runs when King hit her second home run of the game (and third of the afternoon), driving in Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) and pinch-runner Alyssa Wolfe.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Friday, April 27 when they play a doubleheader at Central Michigan. Ohio will continue on a tour through Michigan after these games, playing at Eastern Michigan on Saturday and Sunday.