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Stiene's No Hitter Sends @OhioBobcatSB to NISC Region Six Championship Series

Danielle Stiene
May 18, 2017

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Capped off by Danielle Stiene’s no hitter, the Ohio softball team defeated UNCW, 1-0, Thursday morning in the 2017 National Invitational Softball Championship. The victory moves the Bobcats to the Region Six Championship Series against Liberty set to begin today (May 18) at 1 p.m.

In the circle, Stiene would pitch seven complete innings and did not allow a run or a hit while striking out nine Seahawks.

The Bobcats struck first in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) singled to left field. She then moved to second on a wild pitch. Still with two outs, Jamie Wren (Whittier, Calif.) would draw a walk, putting runners on first and second. Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) would then come to the plate and would crush a double to left center, scoring Alvarez from second. Wren would be thrown out at home trying to score, however the Bobcats would take a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the first.

UNCW would get a runner on in the bottom of the frame when Rachel Willis drew a two-out walk. However, starter Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the next batter to pop up to second to end the inning with the Bobcats leading 1-0.

After Stiene sent UNCW down in order in the bottom of the second, Ohio would try to add on in the top of the third. Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) led the inning off with a bunt single however; she would be out on a lineout double play. Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would then drive the ball to deep center, which the center fielder would track down, ending the inning with the Bobcats leading 1-0 going to the bottom of the frame.

After Stiene sent the Seahawks down in order in the bottom of the third, Ohio tried to add on in the top fourth. With one out, Wren doubled to left field. She then moved to second when Claytor drew a walk. Wren would be out at third when Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) hit into the fielder’s choice. Then with two outs, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would be robbed of a single in shallow center to end the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio still leading 1-0.

UNCW got one runner on in the bottom of the fifth when Wilkinson drew a walk, however Stieen would get the next two batters out to send the game to the top of the sixth with a 1-0.

Ohio tried to add on in the top of the sixth inning when with two outs Wren and Claytor would both get hit by pitches, putting runners first and second. However, the Bobcat offense would be unable to capitalize and the game would go to the bottom of the sixth with a 1-0 lead.

UNCW tried to make noise in the bottom of the sixth inning when with one out, Lauren Moore drew a walk. She would then move to second on a wild pitch. However, Stiene would get the next two batters to fly out, ending the inning with Moore on second and Ohio leading 1-0.

Ohio tried to add on in the top of the seventh inning. Brunswick would draw a walk to lead off the inning. Then with one out, Saxton would reach on her second infield single of the game, putting runners on first and second. With two outs, Day would reach first when the UNCW third baseman dropped a ball on a force out, loading the bases. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get another run across and would send the game to the bottom of the seventh with Ohio leading 1-0.

UNCW had their biggest threat in the bottom of the seventh inning when with one out, Dominique Travers walked. Travers would then be replaced on the bases by Tracy Haynes, who with one out, would steal second and then advance to third on a throwing error. Stiene would get the next batter to line out to her and the final batter of the game to strike out, sealing the no hitter and sending the Bobcats to the championship series.

At the plate, Ohio scored one run on five hits. Saxton went 2-for-3 with two infield singles. Wren and Claytor both registered doubles while Alvarez had a base hit for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats will take on Liberty in the Region Six Championship series set to being at 1 p.m. If they Bobcats win in game one, the will force a winner-take-all game two at 4 pm.

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