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@OhioBobcatSB Falls to Liberty, 3-0 in Second Game at NISC

MacKenzie Brunswick
May 17, 2017

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Ohio softball team would return to action at the 2017 National Invitational Softball Championships on Wednesday (May 17), falling to host Liberty, 3-0, at the Liberty Softball Field.

Liberty tried to strike first in the top of the first inning. Jasmeen Click would lead the game off by drawing a walk. Then with one out, she would move to second when Autumn Bishop reached first on a fielder’s choice. Starter Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would then get the next two batters out, getting out of the jam with the game still scoreless.

Ohio would get a runner on in the bottom of the first inning when with one out, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would draw a walk. She would then move to second on a ground out, putting a runner in scoring position with two outs. However, the Ohio offense would be unable to get her across, sending the game to the top of the second still scoreless.

Liberty would strike first in the top of the second inning. Tori Zavodny led the inning off by drawing a walk. She would then move to second when Sarah Robertson put down a sacrifice bunt and then advance to third on a stolen base. Then with one out, Kaitlin McFarland would hit a two run home run to left field, giving the Flames a 2-0 lead. Dorsey would then retire the next two batters to send the game to the bottom of the second with the Bobcats trailing 2-0.

In the top of the third inning, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would enter the game and would send the Flames down in order in the top of the third and the fourth, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with Liberty still leading 2-0.

Ohio would get a runner on in the bottom of the fourth inning, when with one out, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would reach first on a Liberty fielding error. However, the Bobcat offense would be unable to get a run across, sending the game to the fifth inning with Liberty still leading 2-0.

Liberty would get a runner on in the top of the fifth inning when Click drew her second walk of the game. However, Stiene would get the next batter to ground out into a fielder’s choice to end the inning with Ohio still training 2-0 going to the bottom of the fifth.

The Bobcats made their biggest threat in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) roped a single to left field and would be replaced on the bases by Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) Milesky would be erased from the bases when MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) reached on a fielder’s choice. Then with two outs, Michaela Dorsey would smoke a double down the left field line, putting runners on second and third. Liberty would then make a pitching change and new pitcher Julia DiMartino would get the next batter to strike out swinging to send the game to the top of the sixth with Ohio trailing 2-0.

Liberty would add on in the top of the sixth inning. Amber Bishop reached first on a single. She would then be out when Alexia Taylor singled, but got caught in a run down due to a perfect throw from right field to third. Then with two outs, Zavodny would single when Michaela Dorsey just missed her second diving catch of the play, scoring Taylor and putting Liberty up 3-0 going to the bottom of the sixth.

Ohio would get a runner on in the bottom of the sixth inning. When with two outs, Natalie Avarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would draw a walk, putting her on first base. However, the Liberty pitcher would get the last Bobcat batter to hit a hard fly out to left field, ending the inning with Ohio down 3-0.

Liberty would try to add on in the top of the sixth inning when McFarland led the inning off with a single. She would then move to second when Taylor Hoffman laid down a sacrifice bunt. However, Stiene and the Ohio defense would retire the next to Liberty batters, sending the game to the bottom of the seventh down 3-0.

Ohio would come to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to attempt a comeback, but would be unable to do so and would fall by the final of 3-0.

At the plate, Ohio had two hits, with Claytor registering a single and Michaela Dorsey with a double.

In the circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey got the start, pitching two innings and allowing two runs on one hit and striking gout one. Stiene pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out six.

The Bobcats will return to action on Thursday, May 18 in an elimination game against either UNCW or Iona. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.

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