April 28, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Ohio Softball played the third game of its Mid-American Conference Western Division road trip on Saturday, dropping a 7-6 contest at Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats took an early 3-0 lead but Eastern Michigan scored seven unanswered and was able to just hold off a late charge which included three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Bobcat offense was alive right from the start as Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) hit a leadoff single to begin the first inning. She advanced to second and was then brought home when Raven King (Alpine, Utah) hit a sharp infield single which bounced off the glove of the pitcher and ultimately made its way to the right side of the infield. With two outs, Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) was able to make it a 2-0 game by launching a double over the centerfielder's head to bring King around to score.
Ohio (22-26, 9-8 MAC) was able to increase its advantage in the top of the third inning, plating one run when Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) hit a sharp shot to the left side of the infield, forcing the third baseman into an error. King, at third when the ball was hit, was able to come around for the Bobcats' third run of the afternoon.
Eastern Michigan (21-29, 7-12 MAC) scored its first run of the day off the bat of Courtney Nicholson, who blasted a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the third inning. The home run was her third of the season. The Eagles were able to level the score just a few batters later when McKenna Russ doubled down the right field line to drive in two more runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Nicholson struck again, hitting a two-run home run to left center field. This was Nicholson's second long ball of the day and gave her Eagles a 5-3 advantage. A sacrifice fly by Russ and an ensuing Ohio error led to two more Eagle runs, pushing the home team's advantage to 7-3.
Ohio was able to mount a late charge in the seventh inning when King got on second base via an outfield error. Lauren Gellerman then stepped up to the plate and launched a two-run home run to the deepest part of center field, shrinking the EMU lead to 7-5. Gebele then drove one more run for the `Cats, hitting a bomb over the left field wall to shrink the deficit to just one. Relief pitcher Lauren Wells was then able to earn a strikeout for the final out of the contest, ending Ohio's comeback.
Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) came in and threw two solid innings of relief, only allowing two hits and no earned runs while Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) had a strong day behind the plate, picking off two runners at crucial times throughout the contest.
Ohio 6, Eastern Michigan 7
WP: Lindsay Rich (6-9)
LP: Lauren McClary (14-15)
S: Lauren Wells (1)
HR: Courtney Nicholson 2 (4), Lauren Gellerman (9), Adrienne Gebele (3)
The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday afternoon against the same Eastern Michigan Eagles. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. from Varsity Field in Ypsilanti.