April 27, 2012
Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Ohio Softball opened a four-game road trip against Mid-American Conference Western Division opponents on Friday, splitting a doubleheader at Central Michigan. The Bobcats earned an impressive 10-6 victory in the first game before falling by a final score of 3-1 in the second.
Raven King had another incredible day for the Bobcats, hitting 3-6, striking two home runs and one double while driving in six runs in the two contests. The sophomore has now hit five home runs in her last four games.
Central Michigan struck first in the opening game of the series, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Following two hits into the shallow part of the outfield, Molly Coldron stepped up to the plate and launched a three-run blast to right center field. The home run was Coldron’s 12th of the season and fifth in her last eight games.
Chippewa starting pitcher Chelsea Sundberg set down Ohio’s first eight batters of the contest, striking out three and inducing five ground balls. Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) was able to break this streak, tagging a pitch to left center field during her first at-bat for the initial Bobcat hit. Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) was able to keep this two-out rally alive, registering an infield hit to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) was able to take advantage, driving a single over the second baseman’s head to bring in her 15th and 16th RBI of the season.
Ohio plated two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, combining solid hitting with a few defensive miscues by the hosts. Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) led things off with a single to left field before CMU registered two straight outs. Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) then got on base thanks to an error by the shortstop, a play which brought in one run. With the bases loaded a few plays later, Van Wagnen showed nerves of steel by walking on a full count, bringing in Ohio’s second run of the inning to tie the contest at 4-4.
Central committed two more errors in the top of the fifth inning and King (Alpine, Utah) made them pay. The sophomore belted a three-run shot to center field, her tenth home run of the season, to put the ‘Cats ahead 7-4. King was on fire throughout the contest, duplicating the plate appearance in her next at-bat, hitting another three-run shot to put Ohio ahead by a 10-4 mark.
Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) allowed two runs in the seventh but was able to close things out, keeping the Chippewas scoreless during three of the final four innings of the game. The freshman pitched her 12th complete game of the season, allowing six earned runs, seven hits and registering nine strikeouts.
Ohio 10, Central Michigan 6
WP: Lauren McClary (14-14)
LP: Chelsea Sundberg (8-8)
HR: Molly Coldron (12), Ashley Gilson (3), Raven King 2 (11)
The second game of the day took a noticeably different tone right from the start, beginning as somewhat of a pitching duel. Both pitchers began on a good note, only allowing one total hit through the first two-and-one-half innings.
Central Michigan was able to strike first in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring a run because of a rare fielding error committed by Ohio. The Chippewas were then able to add to this advantage in the bottom of the fifth, scoring their second run of the day when Molly Coldren hit a double to left field to bring in Macy Merchant. Central was able to add one more run in this frame, bringing its lead to 3-0.
Following an Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) walk, Basquez launched a double over the head of the left fielder to bring in Ohio’s first run of the game. The CMU defense was then able to register the final three outs of the contest, keeping the Bobcats at bay in the second game of the afternoon. Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) came just a few feet away from hitting a game-tying home run in the final at-bat, striking one just to the left of the left field foul pole.
Central’s Kara Dornbos picked up her tenth win in the victory, throwing a solid seven innings in which she allowed one run and only three hits.
Despite being tagged with the loss, Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) had a solid start, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and one earned run.
Ohio 1, Central Michigan 3
WP: Kara Dornbos (10-14)
LP: Kaylin Clarke (5-6)
The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday, April 28 when they open a two-game series at Eastern Michigan. Ohio will play the Eagles on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.