Kaylin Clarke hit a clutch three-run double in the sixth inning of game one
May 3, 2013
Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (25-26, 8-12 Mid-American Conference) earned a doubleheader split with visiting Eastern Michigan on Friday afternoon at the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats engineered an amazing comeback in the first game, scoring six runs in the final three innings to earn the win before dropping a 6-1 decision in the second game of the afternoon.
Both Ohio and Eastern Michigan (16-32-1, 6-13 MAC) hit at a .317 clip on Friday, each going 19-60 at the plate. Each team also generated seven extra-base hits, four of which for EMU were of the home run variety.
Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) had a huge day offensively for the Green and White, hitting .856 (6-7) and slugging at a rate of 1.571 on the afternoon. The senior clubbed her MAC-leading 22nd home run of the season, strengthening her hold atop the summit of the league’s single-season home run mark.
Despite the series split, Ohio solidified its seventh-place position in the MAC standings based on results around the league. Akron and Toledo are currently tied for the No. 8 seed.
Game One: Ohio 6, Eastern Michigan 5 (Eight Innings)
WP: Savannah Jo Dorsey (13-9)
LP: Lindsay Rich (5-6)
HR: Amanda Herron (3), Jenn Lucas (3)
Eastern Michigan struck first in the opening game of the afternoon, plating one run in the top of the second inning when Lauren Wells singled to center field, bringing Amanda Herron around to score with two outs in the frame.
The Eagles added to this lead in the top of the sixth inning, seemingly putting the game away when Jenn Lucas blasted a two-run home run to left field to give the visitors a sizable 3-0 lead heading into Ohio’s final six outs of the contest.
The ‘Cats had other ideas, however. Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) led off the bottom of the sixth for Ohio with a pinch-hit single. A double by Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) then put two runners in scoring position. A few batters later, Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) came up in a pinch-hitting role with two outs and the bases loaded. The sophomore did not disappoint, roping a double to right center field which cleared the bases and tied the game. A Gellerman single to left field then brought Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) around to score, giving Ohio its first lead of the afternoon at 4-3.
EMU then reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh inning when Herron hit a two-run home run to make it 5-4 in favor of the visitors.
Down to their final two outs, the Bobcats responded once again. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) tripled to right field before one more batter was retired. Freshman Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) stepped up in the clutch, hitting a single to the shortstop to bring home the tying run. Ohio was then able to earn the victory in the bottom of the eighth when Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) led off with a double and was brought around to score via a Gellerman single to center field.
Game Two: Ohio 1, Eastern Michigan 6
WP: Lauren Wells (2-18)
LP: Lauren McClary (10-15)
HR: Amanda Herron (4), Lauren Gellerman (22)
Ohio got two runners on base in the bottom of the first inning thanks to singles by Lashley and Gellerman, but it was Eastern Michigan who would strike first again in game two. Stanton led off the top of the second inning with a double down the left field line. One out and one walk later, Lucas hit her second home run of the day, a three-run blast which gave the visitors an early advantage.
Herron then hit her second round-tripper of the afternoon, driving a solo shot over the outfield wall to make it 4-0 in favor of the Eagles. A sacrifice fly by Courtney Loe then gave the Eagles their largest lead of the afternoon (5-0) in the top of the fifth inning.
Gellerman led off the bottom of the sixth frame with a solo shot to center, a bomb which was her 22nd home run of the season.
Eastern added to its lead in the top of the next inning, scoring one more run when Lucas singled to center, bringing Loe around to score to bring the game to its final tally of 6-1.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday against Central Michigan. First pitch between the Bobcats and Chippewas is set for 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field.