April 28, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. – Lauren Gellerman moved into sole possession of the current single-season Mid-American Conference home run record on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough as the Ohio University softball team (24-25, 7-11 MAC) dropped a 3-2 decision at Northern Illinois to end the weekend.
The Bobcats also moved into sole possession of the current single-season MAC home run record as a team on Sunday, as Gellerman’s bomb was their 71st home run of the season. This broke Ball State’s mark of 70 set in 2012, a mark which Ohio tied on Friday afternoon at Western Michigan.
Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) was tied with Ball State’s Jennifer Gilbert heading into Sunday’s game at 20 home runs and broke the deadlock in the top of the first inning. Gilbert and the Cardinals sat idle Sunday, as their game against Eastern Michigan was rained out.
Ohio 2, Northern Illinois 3
WP: Sturm (9-13)
LP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (12-9)
S: Norton (1)
HR: Lauren Gellerman (21), Gremillion
With one out in the top of the first inning, Gellerman hit an opposite field home run to give the ‘Cats an early 1-0 advantage. Nicole Gremillion answered right back for the hosts in the bottom of the frame, tying things up at one apiece with a solo shot of her own.
Northern Illinois (20-28, 10-8 MAC) took advantage of a two-out single to take a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the third inning. The Huskies then added one more run to their total when Jessica Strum hit a sacrifice fly to center field with one out.
Ohio refused to go down without a fight. Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) battled to earn a walk as the leadoff hitter in the top of the sixth inning and was rewarded when Gellerman hit a double to left center, bringing her around to score and pulling the ‘Cats within one run. The Bobcats would then get one runner on base in the top of the seventh inning, but were not able to move her around into scoring position before the game came to a close.
Ohio will next be in action on Friday, May 3 against Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats and the Eagles will begin a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field. This will begin a four-game homestand which will bring Ohio’s regular season to an end.
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