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Bobcats Blank Golden Flashes on Senior Day, 6-0

Chelsea Hortman's grand slam was a game-changer, putting the 'Cats up 5-0 in the fourth inning

May 6, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Softball played its final regular-season contest of the year on Sunday, beating the Kent State Golden Flashes by a final score of 6-0. The game served as Ohio's Senior Day, during which the Bobcats honored the impressive careers of Alexis Joseph, Brooke Morgart and Jillian Van Wagnen.

The victory secured the No. 4 seed at the MAC Tournament, was Ohio's fifth in a row and marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Bobcats have achieved at least 14 Mid-American Conference wins. The win was also the 14th home victory achieved by the Green and White this season.

Freshman pitcher Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) went the distance, pitching the second complete game of her career and earning her first shutout. Clarke only allowed three hits and one walk in seven full innings of work. The freshman relied well on the strong defense behind her, inducing 13 ground outs in the contest.

Ohio (28-27, 14-8 MAC) was able to open the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) singled to center field and was advanced to second when Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) singled to right. Morgart was brought around to score when Raven King (Alpine, Utah) singled to left center field.

Chelsea Hortman broke the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth inning, making the most of her first plate appearance of the day. With two outs and the bases loaded, Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) belted a two-strike pitch to right field. The ball had just enough power behind it, hitting the top of the wall before caroming over to the wild cheers of the large crowd in attendance. This one swing of the bat took the game from a 1-0 contest to a 5-0 one.

The Bobcats added one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning Gellerman singled to left field, driving in Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio). The senior had singled earlier in the inning and stolen second, collecting her 30th stolen base of the season.

Clarke was able to close things out from this point, retiring six of the final seven Kent State (26-28, 11-11 MAC) batters she faced to end the game.

Ohio 6, Kent State 0
WP: Kaylin Clarke (7-7)
LP: Danielle Abernathy (7-11)
S: None
HR: Chelsea Hortman (7)

The Bobcats will next be in action on Wednesday, May 9 at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Ohio will play at 5 p.m. against the winner of Western Michigan and Toledo. All tournament games will take place at Firestone Stadium in Akron.