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Ohio Drops MAC Tournament Opener to BGSU, 2-0

Tessa Bailey had a strong day at second base Wednesday, recording seven putouts

May 8, 2013

Box Score

AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team (26-28) dropped a pitching duel against Bowling Green in its first action at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, falling by a final score of 2-0. Ohio allowed just four hits in the loss at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

Sophomore pitcher Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) was tagged with the loss despite pitching a solid 4.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs. McClary got through 3.1 innings without allowing a hit in the contest.

"I thought that Lauren was extremely solid from the start," said head coach Jodi Hermanek. "We lost a little bit of control giving up a few walks with two outs, but all and all, her first four innings were extremely solid."

"Then I thought Savvy (Savannah Jo Dorsey) did an awesome job coming in and really going after those hitters," Hermanek added. "She helped the defense stay within two (runs)."

Senior Tessa Bailey (Acworth, Ga.) was called upon time and again at second base, and had a strong day in the field. Bailey ended the day with seven putouts, a game high for non-first basemen.

Ohio 0, Bowling Green 2
WP: Jamie Kertes (11-14)
LP: Lauren McClary (10-17)
S: Paris Imholz (4)
HR: None

McClary got off to a great start on Wednesday afternoon, retiring nine of the first ten hitters to come to the plate. The lone base runner allowed by McClary through the first three innings was one who had gotten aboard via an infield error.

With the exception of a Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) second-inning single, the game was a hitless affair through the first three frames.

Bowling Green recorded its first hit with one out in the top of the fourth inning when Katie Yoho cracked a sharp shot through the middle of the infield. She attempted to steal second on a hit-and-run play, but Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) threw a perfect strike to shortstop Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.), ending the threat before Yoho could safely advance to second base.

The Falcons struck in the top of the fifth inning when Adrienne Dick hit a two-out single to left field, bringing Marisa Shook around to score just ahead of the throw from Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio). BG would later load the bases and score its second run of the afternoon when Hannah Fulk walked on a 3-1 count.

Dalton led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to left field. One strikeout later, the freshman was caught stealing on an attempted hit-and-run play for Ohio's second out of the inning. Bailey was hit by a pitch for the 12th time this season to get on first, but Lashley struck out looking to end the frame.

Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. The Bobcats will play the rival Miami RedHawks inside Firestone Stadium.

"We need to put it all on the line (tomorrow)," Hermanek said. "We need to play with no fear, no hesitation, and no reservations. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain, and we need to play with heart and there can't be any holding back."

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