May 6, 2016
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Thanks to clutch hits in big situations, the Ohio softball team (32-21, 13-9) swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green (18-35, 6-16) on Friday (May 6) afternoon. The Bobcats took game one by the final of 3-1, and rallied in the seventh inning to down the Falcons, 4-1, in the second game. With the two wins, the Bobcats clinch a spot in the 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament and the 32 wins are now tied for the second-most victories in a single season.
“Heads up aggressiveness,” head coach Jodi Hermanek said. “We’ve talked all week about timely hitting and aggressive base running. I’m really proud of them for putting that work into play today. Awesome pitching today by both Dani [Stiene] and Savvy [Dorsey] and I’m really proud of them for being leaders in the circle. [Morgan] Geno and [Casie] Hutchinson coming up with clutch ropes was big and I couldn’t be prouder.”
The Bobcats didn’t waste any time getting on the board. In the top of the first inning, Jamie Wren (Whittier, Calif.) reached first on an infield single to the shortstop. Then with one out, the next batter, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) crushed her second homerun of the season to leftfield, giving Ohio an early 2-0 lead.
Bowling Green threatened to put runs on the board in the bottom of the second inning when the leadoff batter, Haley Shook, reached first on a Bobcat error. She then advanced to second on an infield bunt single by Braiden Dillow, putting runners on first and second with no outs. However, Stiene would get the next three batters out and Ohio would get out of the inning unscathed.
Ohio added on in the top of the fourth inning. Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) reached on an error by the second baseman. Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) then entered the game as a pinch runner and Day would advance to second on a ground out by Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio). She would then advance to third when Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) reached first on an error by the shortstop. Then with two outs, Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would produce and RBI infield single, scoring Day and putting Ohio up 3-0.
Ohio threatened to add on in the top of the sixth inning when Day reached first on a walk. She then advanced to third when with one out, Hutchinson crushed a double to right center. However, the Falcons would get the next two Ohio batters out and the score would remain 3-0.
The Falcons got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when pinch runner Alex Sorgi scored on a triple by Kayla Gregory, cutting the Ohio lead to 3-1. However, that is all the runs the Falcons would get and the Bobcats would take game one by the final of 3-1.
In the circle, Stiene pitched seven innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out four.
At the plate, Ohio has four hits, led by Stiene who hit a two-run homerun. Wren, Hutchinson had base hits and Cole had a hit and an RBI for the Bobcats.
Ohio threatened early on in the second game. Wren reached first on a base hit up the middle. She then stole second and advanced to third on an error by the centerfielder. However, the Falcons would get out of the inning and the game would remain scoreless.
After four and a half innings of scoreless softball, Bowling Green would finally break through in the bottom of the fifth inning. When Katee Hinkle scored on a single to leftfield by Chelsea Raker, putting the Falcons up 1-0.
As they have done all year, the Bobcats refused to give in and Ohio mounted a rally in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Stiene would walk and be replaced on the base path by MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio). She would the steal second and score on an RBI double to right center by Hutchinson to tie the game up, The Bobcats would then go to work with Cooper reaching after she was hit by a pitch, then Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ohio) reached on a fielder’s choice and then Cole would walk to load the bases. Then with two outs, pinch hitter Geno would rope a bases clearing single to the right center wall, outing Ohio up 4-1.
Bowling Green would attempt a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting the lead off batter on by forcing a walk. She would then advance to second and steal third, but relief pitcher Stiene would work out of the inning and Ohio would win game two 4-1.
In the circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would get the win, pitching six innings while allowing one run on six hits and striking out one. Stiene would enter the game in the bottom of the seventh and pitch one inning, allowing no runs on no hits.
At the plate, Ohio had three hits, led by Geno’s three-RBI single and Hutchinson’s RBI double. Wren also added a hit for the Bobcats.
Ohio will wrap up the regular season with the final game against Bowling Green tomorrow (May 7) morning. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.