Oct. 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys to a successful fall weekend for Ohio Softball, a series of two days which saw the Bobcats post a spotless 5-0 record.
On Saturday at the 2012 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic in Columbus, the Bobcats picked up wins over Wright State (5-2) and Ohio Dominican (2-1) to begin the day. Ohio then earned an impressive 4-2 victory over the host Ohio State Buckeyes to end the afternoon’s competition.
“It was a great starting point,” said Head Coach Jodi Hermanek. “I felt like we definitely showed up at the complex on Saturday and performed like the best team on the field.”
Back in Athens on Sunday, Ohio earned a one-sided 6-0 win over Ohio Valley in the morning before beating Charleston (W.Va.) by a final count of 3-0. After giving up only five runs on Saturday, the Bobcat defense and pitching staff shut out opposing hitters on Sunday, allowing zero runs in the two wins.
“I was extremely happy with our pitching all weekend long,” Hermanek added. “Each pitcher came in and really did a great job of producing the outs for the team. We became more settled, defensively, as we went on in the weekend. We were able to really string things together.”
Offensively, the Bobcats relied on solid hitting throughout the weekend as Ohio batters worked good counts at the plate and in addition to dropping down important sacrifice bunts, were able to drive in runs when the opportunities arose.
“I was really happy with our at-bats as we went on throughout the weekend,” Hermanek said. “One of the other positives of the weekend was the way in which everyone participated. Everyone contributed to a good part of this weekend’s success, from the freshman class to the seniors. Our student-athletes were on the field, doing work, executing well and making the games fun to play.”
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Oct. 7 when it plays a doubleheader at Marshall. The Bobcats and Thundering Herd will begin play in Huntington, W.Va., at 1 p.m.