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Bobcats Blast Past Bulls, Sweep Doubleheader

As just a freshman, Lauren McClary has already broken Ohio's single-season strikeout record

May 4, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Softball opened its final home series of the season on Friday, playing a doubleheader against the visiting Buffalo Bulls. The Bobcats earned an 8-0 victory in the first game and won by an 11-3 count in the second contest. Freshman pitcher Lauren McClary made history in the first game, striking out seven to emerge as Ohio's single-season strikeout leader with 192.

The first victory of the day marked the 93rd win in the career of head coach Jodi Hermanek, making her No. 3 on Ohio's all-time head coaching wins list. The first victory of the day was also the 200th in her NCAA coaching career.

Lauren Gellerman had a day which was nothing short of exceptional, as the junior went 5-of-8 (.625) from the plate, striking three home runs and one double. Gellerman drove in five runs and scored four more of her own.

In the first game of the day, the Bobcats received a dominant pitching performance from McClary (Pasadena, Texas) as well as two home runs from Gellerman en route to an 8-0 win over the Bulls. McClary gave up just one hit and no runs in a complete-game shutout. She also threw seven strikeouts, giving her 192 for the year. The 192 strikeouts breaks the single-season record of 191, previously held by Annie Hare since the 1995 season.

Ohio (26-27, 12-8 MAC) wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) drew a walk in the Bobcats' first plate appearance and was immediately driven home in the next at-bat by Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio), who lined a double to centerfield. 

The Bobcats broke things open with a three-run second inning. Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) led off the inning with a home run to left field, making the score 2-0. After back-to-back singles by Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) and Van Wagnen, Morgart brought them both home with another double.

The scoring didn't stop there. Ohio would add another run in the fourth on an RBI single from Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas). Gellerman hit her second home run in the fifth inning, this time to center field. The Bobcats would end the game in the bottom of the sixth thanks to RBI from Jenna Giusti (Danville, Calif.) and Gellerman.

Defensively, the day belonged to McClary. She threw the record-breaking strikeout in the top of the sixth, ending the inning in the process. The complete-game shutout was the fifth time McClary has blanked opponents this year and it was her time 13th time going the distance.

Ohio 8, Buffalo 0 (Six Innings)
WP: Lauren McClary (16-15)
LP: Tori Speckman (11-12)
S: None
HR: Lauren Gellerman 2 (12)

The Bobcats took it to the Bulls (14-29, 4-15 MAC) right from the start of the second game, scoring six runs in the first three innings. With Joseph on first base with two outs, Gellerman blasted her third home run of the day to left center field, giving the `Cats an early 2-0 lead. This was followed up immediately by a solo shot from Raven King (Alpine, Utah). Gellerman and King are now each tied atop the single-season home run record in Ohio history, as both have hit 13 in 2012.

Joseph and King drove in two more runs in the bottom of the second inning, initially when Joseph earned a bases-loaded walk and then when King was plunked by an inside pitch one at-bat later. This inning was a part of pitching difficulty experienced by Buffalo, as the Bulls hit seven Bobcat batters in the second game of the afternoon.

Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) earned the victory in the second game, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs. The freshman started the game brilliantly, retiring the first ten batters she faced. Clarke did a good job of relying on her solid infield to back her up, as she induced seven of the 19 batters faced into ground outs.

Holding a 9-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ohio was able to put the game away. With the bases loaded, Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) got hit by a pitch, bringing around the tenth Bobcat run of the game. Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) was then able to end the game with one swing of the bat, singling to left field to bring Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) home to score.

Ohio 11, Buffalo 3 (Five Innings)
WP: Kaylin Clarke (6-7)
LP: Holly Johnson (3-14)
S: None
HR: Andi Saucier (4), Tori Pettine (2), Lauren Gellerman (13), Raven King (13), Adrienne Gebele (4)

The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday, May 5 when they host the Kent State Golden Flashes at 2 p.m. Saturday's game will serve as "Strike out Breast Cancer" and "Bring Your Mom to the Game" Day.