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@OhioBobcatSB Drops Heartbreaker to Miami in 15 Innings

Savannah Jo Dorsey
May 13, 2016

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AKRON, Ohio
– After fourteen innings of scoreless softball, the No. 3 Ohio softball team fell to No. 2 Miami by the final of 3-0 in 15 innings at the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday (May 12). The 15 innings is the second-longest game in MAC Tournament history and is the longest game for the Bobcats at the MAC Tournament. Ohio will take on Western Michigan on Friday, May 13. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. at Firestone Stadium.

“That was one of the best softball games I’ve been apart of in my career as a coach and a player,” head coach Jodi Hermanek said. “You have to tip your hats to Miami who pitched an awesome game and came through with some key situations for them offensively and defensively. You just have to be really proud of Ohio and the fight that we had and all the positive talk and all the will and the effort. I couldn’t be prouder of Savannah Jo Dorsey in the circle. She’s a fighter and I wanted so badly to win that game, most specifically for her and the fight that she’s got.”

Miami threatened to jump out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. With one out, Eryn McCarver singled and then advanced to second with two outs when Johniann Wahl singled to leftfield. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, putting runners on second and third. However, starter Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the next batter to ground out the third, ending the threat.

The RedHawks threatened again in the top of the third inning when McCarver singled and then moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) entered the game and got the next batter to strike out, ending the Miami threat.

Savannah Jo Dorsey would strikeout two Miami batters in the top of the fourth inning, which would be her 299th and 300th of the season, setting a new record for strikeouts in a single season.

The Bobcats registered their first hit and base runner of the game in the bottom of sixth inning when Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) singled. However, Ohio would not be able to push a run across.

Ohio threatened again in the bottom of the eighth inning when with two outs, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would double to the right center wall. However, Cole would ground out the first, ending the Bobcat rally.

Miami would not register a hit off of Dorsey until the top of the ninth inning when after after Kat Lee walked with two outs, Michaela Schlattman would single, putting runners on first and third. However, Savannah Jo Dorsey would get McCarver to pop up to the second baseman and end the inning with the game still scoreless.

The biggest Ohio threat came in the bottom of the 13th inning. Cooper would walk to lead off the inning. She would advance to second when Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) reached on an error. Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would then enter the game to run for Cooper. Day would advance to third and Claytor to second when Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) placed a perfect sacrifice bunt. Jamie Wren (Whittier, Calif.) would then walk to load the bases. However, Miami would get Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) to ground into a fielder’s choice, throwing Day out at home, to end the Ohio rally.

After 14 scoreless innings, Miami finally broke through in the top of the 15th inning, when with one out Wahl walked. Then with two outs, Anna Geary singled, scoring Hannah Girlie, who was pinch running for Wahl. Then Kaitlyn Gliah doubled to the left field corner, scoring two runs and giving Miami the 3-0 lead.

The Bobcats would go down in order in the bottom of the 15th inning and would fall by the final of 3-0.

In total, the game would last four hours and 15 minutes.

In the circle, Stiene started the game, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out two. Dorsey would enter the game in the third inning and pitch 12.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out 11 while throwing 221 pitches. Miami’s Amber Logemann would pitch 15 innings, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out 15 and throwing 208 pitches. In total, all three pitchers in the game would throw 485 pitches.

At the plate, Ohio had four hits, Cooper registered a double, while Stiene, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) and Cole all added one for the Bobcats.

“We have to deliver tomorrow,” Hermanek said. “We’ll pull up the straps on our boots and buck up for two games tomorrow. We can do it. I’ve been apart of losing a championship game with a team that came back in the losers bracket and I’ve had it happen to me twice. It can be done. We know we can do it and we need to do it.”

Ohio returns to action at the 2016 MAC Tournament tomorrow morning for an elimination game with fifth-seeded Western Michigan. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. at Firestone Stadium.

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