May 6, 2006
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The Ohio softball team could not get its offense going in losing 3-0 to Central Michigan but remain in the hunt for the final spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
The Bobcats fall to 26-37 overall and 7-14 in conference action. Ohio's loss, coupled with Buffalo's 6-5 defeat of Miami, leave the Bobcats and the RedHawks in a tie for the final birth in the MAC tourney.
Ohio has control of its own destiny, though, as it owns the tiebreaker with Miami. If the Bobcats defeat Central Michigan in the regular season finale tomorrow, they will advance to the postseason. If both Ohio and Miami lose tomorrow, the Bobcats will also advance. If Ohio loses and Miami wins, the RedHawks will get the final spot.
The Bobcats fell behind early as Central Michigan gradually built the 3-0 winning margin with single runs in the second, third and fourth frames. Ohio put runners in scoring position in the second, fifth and sixth innings but was unable to score.
Kristen Salvatore (Kirkland, Ohio) paced the Ohio offense, going 2-for-3. Robin Miller (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Courtney Waters (Eagle River, Alaska) and Candace Warden (Hagerstown, Md.) also tallied hits for the Bobcats.
Michelle Sauter (Chehalis, Wash.) took the loss for Ohio, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in her 13th complete game of the year. The 13 complete games are the most by a Bobcat pitcher since Kasey Dowd completed 26 outings in 1999.
Ohio will conclude the regular season tomorrow with a 1 p.m. meeting against Central Michigan. The game can be followed live via Gametracker on the Central Michigan Web site.