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Ohio Softball Falls To No. 14/15 Kentucky In NCAA Lexington Regional Pitcher's Duel

Ohio softball's sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey struck out four and forced Kentucky to strand seven runners on base in the 2014 NCAA Championship Lexington Regional on Friday.

May 16, 2014

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Ohio University softball team (32-25) fell to No. 14/15 Kentucky (45-15), 2-0, in the 2014 NCAA Championship Lexington Regional on Friday (May 16) at John Cropp Stadium.

The No. 4-seeded Bobcats will take on No. 3-seeded DePaul (41-10) in an elimination game on Saturday (May 17). First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. The No. 14 nationally seeded Wildcats will square off with No. 2 regional seed James Madison (45-13) at 1 p.m. ET. The loser of that contest will play the survivor of the elimination game at 6 p.m. ET for the right to advance to the regional championship, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday (May 18).

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning by way of a leadoff home run over the right field wall by senior Lauren Cumbess - her ninth round tripper of the season.

Kentucky added another run in the sixth. Senior Emily Gaines doubled down the right field line, then was replaced on the base path by sophomore Maisie Steed. Steed stole third, then tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Cumbess.

The solo shot by Cumbess in the second ended a streak of 28 shutout innings thrown by Ohio sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio), but the Mid-American Conference Tournament MVP limited Kentucky to just two earned runs on five hits and forced the Wildcats to strand seven runners. The Second Team All-MAC selection fanned four in six frames of work, running her single-season school-record total to 294, which ranks eighth in league history.

"I was proud of Savvy, said sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek. "She settled in strong and got zoned in the later innings."

Sophomore Kelsey Nunley pitched a complete-game shutout for Kentucky, totaling nine strikeouts while allowing just four hits and two walks. She forced the Bobcats to strand six on base.

"I was really impressed with our level of attack offensively," said Hermanek. "I thought we did a great job coming out and being aggressive and putting some hard pressure on the defense for them to make plays. Really proud of the batters and thought that they did a great job working through some challenging moments."

Offensively, senior Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) led the way for Ohio, going 2-for-3 for her 13th multi-hit game of the year.