May 13, 2016
Final Stats | Ohio vs. Kent State
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AKRON, Ohio- A two-run homerun by Mikayla Cooper and a dominating performance by Savannah Jo Dorsey, led the Ohio softball team to a 2-1 victory against the top-seeded Kent State at the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The victory kept the Bobcats alive and they advance to take on fourth-seeded Northern Illinois at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (May 14).
Ohio picked up right where they left off earlier today. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) singled to rightfield. Then Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) came to the plate and smashed a two-run homerun to left center, giving Ohio an early 2-0 lead.
The Bobcats threatened to add on in the bottom of the second inning, when with two outs, Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) singled and advanced to third on an error by the leftfielder. However, the Bobcats would be unable to push the run across.
Kent State got runners on in the top of the third inning when Erika Warren led the inning off with a base hit. Lutcher then entered the game to run for her and then advanced to second when Arika Roush was hit by a pitch. With one out Emily Dobbin would singled to centerfield, however Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would throw Allie Luther out at third. Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would then get Maddy Grimm to foul out to the second baseman, ending the KSU threat.
Kent State threatened in the top of the fourth inning when Holly Speers led the inning off with a double. She then advanced to third on a single by Shelbi Tilton. Then with one out, Bailey Brownfield would single to load the bases. However, Savannah Jo Dorsey would strike out the next two batters to leave the bases juiced and keep the score 2-0.
The Golden Flashes would try to put together a rally in the top of the fifth inning when Dobbin walked with one out. She then advanced to second when Speers walked. Then with two outs Tilton would record her second hit of the game, appearing to score Dobbin. However, the play was appeared and it was ruled that Dobbin did not touch third base, ending the inning and keeping the 2-0 lead.
Kent State got on the board in the top of the sixth inning when pitcher Ronnie Ladines hit a leadoff homerun to centerfield, cutting the Ohio lead to 2-1.
Savannah Jo Dorsey would enter the game in the top of the seventh inning and get the Golden Flashes to go down in order, giving Ohio the 2-1 victory.
In the circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey pitched seven innings, allowing one run on eight hits and struck out seven.
At the plate, Ohio had four hits, led by Cooper who hit a two-run homerun. Geno had a hit and a run scored and Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Dalton all added hits.
Ohio returns to action tomorrow morning (May 14) when they gave the fourth-seeded Northern Illinois. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. at Firestone Stadium.