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Softball Faces Top-25 Tests at Easton Desert Classic

Head Coach Jodi Hermanek claimed her 100th Ohio victory on Sunday against Rider

Feb. 14, 2013

UNLV Tournament Central

ATHENS, Ohio – Off to a fast 4-1 start for the second straight season, the Ohio University Softball Team will look to do something this weekend which it has never done in program history: defeat a ranked opponent. The Bobcats will have two chances to do so this weekend, as they open play at the 2013 Easton Desert Classic Friday against No. 7 Oregon and No. 19 UCLA.

According to available records, the Bobcats have never defeated an opponent ranked in the top 25. Ohio played four games against three ranked teams during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, falling to then No. 8 Michigan (6-0 and 16-3), then No. 7 UCLA (9-1), and then No. 7 Georgia (7-3).

Ohio begins play in Las Vegas on Friday against No. 7 Oregon at noon (EST). The ‘Cats will then end the first day of play against No. 19 UCLA at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Ohio plays Idaho State (2:15 p.m. EST) and host UNLV (9 p.m. EST) on Saturday before ending the tournament against Louisiana-Monroe at 2:15 p.m. (EST) on Sunday afternoon.

Four of Ohio’s five games throughout the weekend will be played at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park (SLC) located on the corners of Russell and Galleria in Henderson, Nev. The Bobcats’ game against host UNLV on Saturday will be the only outlier, as it will be played at UNLV’s Eller Media Stadium, which is located on campus on the corners of Swenson and Harmon in Las Vegas.

A limited number of Ohio’s games will feature live stats for fans to track the action. Fans can click the “UNLV Tournament Central” link at the top of the release to access this information.

The Bobcats are off to a very fast start in 2013, posting a 4-1 record at last weekend’s East Carolina University Pirate Classic. Following a 7-5 loss to Towson to open the tournament, the Bobcats rattled off four straight wins over host ECU (twice), Cleveland State, and Rider. In these four wins, Ohio outscored its opponents by a 23-5 margin. Throughout the weekend, Ohio hit .280 as a team, scored 28 runs, collected 35 hits, blasted eight home runs, and was successful with nine of 10 stolen-base attempts. Ohio pitchers dominated the circle, posting a combined ERA of 2.19, throwing three complete games, and allowing just 27 hits while striking out 34 batters.

Senior catcher Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) was recognized for the team’s success during the first weekend of play, claiming Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week honors.

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