YPSILANTI, Mich. - Playing the fourth and final game of their Mid-American Conference Western Division road trip, the Bobcats picked up an exciting 5-4 win over the Eastern Michigan Eagles. With the hosts holding a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Lauren Gellerman changed the game with one swing of the bat, hitting a grand slam which would give the Bobcats the lead.
With the win, Ohio has earned ten MAC victories for the sixth straight season.
Raven King (Alpine, Utah) was Ohio's first base runner of the day, getting on board in the top of the second inning when she stung a low single through the right side of the infield. She was advanced to second base when Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) laid down a nice sacrifice bunt. King would get no further on the basepaths in this frame, as EMU pitcher Jenna Ignowski was able to retire the next two Bobcat batters.
Eastern Michigan (21-30, 7-13 MAC) was able to get on the board first, plating a run in the bottom of the third inning when Nellie Coquillard hit a single right up the middle, bringing Jessica Richards home to score. The Eagles were able to add two more when a ground ball in the infield forced the Bobcats into an error.
Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) launched a double to right field to begin the next inning, registering her ninth two-base hit of the season to begin a Bobcat rally. Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) walked and King was hit by a pitch in the next two at-bats, loading the bases for Gellerman. The junior stepped up and on a 3-2 count hit a grand slam to left center field, giving the `Cats their first lead of the day. The home run was Gellerman's 10th of the season.
The `Cats (23-26, 10-8 MAC) were able to add one more run in the top of the fifth when Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a high fly ball to the edge of the infield. A miscommunication by the Eagle infielders saw the ball slam to the dirt, allowing King to come around and score.
After Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) pitched 3.1 solid innings of relief, Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) came on and picked up the save, registering three outs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.