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@OhioBobcatSB Wins NISC Opener Against Iona, 5-1

Taylor Saxton
May 16, 2017

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Led by a couple of clutch hits from Natalie Alvarez, the Ohio softball team (40-16) opened play at the 2017 National Invitational Softball Championships with a commanding 5-1 win over Iona (27-23) Tuesday afternoon at the Liberty Softball Field. The win gave Ohio its 40th win of the season, setting a new program record for wins in a single season.

Iona would get the first hit of the game in the top of the first inning when leadoff batter Ashlyn Morris reached first on an infield single. She would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt from Marisa Gergel, putting her in scoring position. Then Ohio starter Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would get the next two batters out, getting out of the inning with the game still scoreless.

In the top of the second, Iona would get another runner when Jasmine Temple drew a walk. However, Dorsey would get the next two batters to strike out, ending the inning with the game still tied at 0-0.

In the bottom of the second, Ohio would get their first runners of the game. With two outs, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would draw a walk. Then with a runner on, Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) would single to right field, putting runners at the corners. Unfortunately, the Ohio offense would be unable to get a run across and would send the game to the top of the third still tied at 0-0.

In the top of the third inning, Iona’s lead off batter would reach first after she was hit by a pitch. Then with one out, Dorsey would get the Iona batter to hit into a perfect 6-4-3 groundball double play to end the inning with the game still tied at 0-0.

In the bottom of the frame, the Bobcat offense would finally break through. With one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would double to left center. Then with two outs, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would draw a walk, putting runners on first and second. Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would come to the plate and battle hard with an 11-pitch at bat that would result in an RBI single up the middle, scoring Cooper from second and putting Day at third. The next batter, Jamie Wren (Whittier, Calif.) would then reach first on an error from the Iona short stop, scoring Day from third and giving Ohio a 2-0 lead going to the top of the fourth.

In the top of the fourth inning, Iona would get runners on again. Kristen Turner would reach first on a fielding error. Then with two outs, Temple would draw her second walk of the game, putting runners on first and second. However, Dorsey would get the next batter to strikeout swinging on three pitches to end the inning with the Bobcats leading 2-0.

Ohio would try to add on in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would reach first on a bunt single. However, the Iona pitcher would get the Bobcats to hit into a double play, ending the threat.

The Bobcats added on in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) reached first on an infield single. Day then followed that up with her own infield single, putting runners on first and second. That would bring Alvarez to the plate, who would crush her second-RBI single of the game, scoring Saxton from second. Dallas Messenger (Belaire, Ohio) would then enter the game to run for Alvarez, however, she would be erased from the bases when Wren hit into a fielder’s choice, putting runners on the corners with two outs. Stiene would then come to bat and battle until she smoked a two run double to left center, clearing the bases and giving the Bobcats a 5-0 lead going to the top of the sixth.

Iona would get a runner on in the top of the sixth inning, however, Dorsey would get the next three batters out, keeping the Bobcat lead at 5-0 going to the bottom of the sixth.

Ohio would try to add on in the bottom of the sixth inning when with one out Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would reach on an infield single. She would then move to second when Cooper drew a walk. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run across, sending the game to the top of the seventh with the Bobcats leading 5-0.

In the top of the seventh, Stiene would enter the game to pitch. Temple would reach first after she was hit by a pitch. She would then move to second when pinch hitter Courtney Miller drew a walk. Stiene would then get Taylor Brown to hit into a ground ball double play. Then with two outs, Temple would score on a fielding error by the Bobcats. Stiene would then get the last batter to ground out to her, sending Ohio home with the 5-1 victory.

In the circle, Dorsey pitched six innings, allowing no run son one hit and striking out seven. Stiene entered the game and pitched one inning, allowing one run on no hits.

At the plate, Ohio scored five runs on nine hits. Alvarez led the way going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Cooper added a double and a run scored and Stiene added a double with two RBI. Saxton recorded a hit and a run scored while Claytor, Michaela Dorsey and Brunswick both added hits for Ohio.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow to face off against the winner of Liberty and UNCW. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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