March 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Softball hits the road for the fourth consecutive weekend, traveling to Athens, Georgia for the 2012 Bulldog Invitational. Following a 2-2 weekend at the Virginia Cavalier Invitational, Ohio will face off against five teams over the next three days.
The Bobcats currently hold a 6-6 overall record and are coming off a 7-0 shutout against Colgate on Feb. 26. Junior Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) proved to be a great asset in this game, as she had two hits, scored one run and drove in three more – accounting for over half of Ohio’s score.
Hortman’s impressive hitting performance throughout the weekend was matched by solid pitching from junior Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.). In four appearances, Colvin posted a 2-1 record and a 3.26 ERA. She shut down Colgate on the final two days of the tournament to pick up her two victories, allowing zero runs in ten innings pitched while earning ten strikeouts against only six hits.
The first game in the tournament on Friday is against Mercer at 1 p.m. Mercer comes into the tournament with a 7-8 overall record, most recently earning a 9-3 win over Savannah State on Feb. 28. Standouts for the Bears include junior Sarah Santana who had two hits, one run and three RBI during the game. Following the game against Mercer is a 3 p.m. contest against the 4-3 Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Knights are coming off of a 2-1 victory over Texas State on Feb. 19.
Saturday begins another doubleheader starting with Minnesota at 9 a.m. followed by No. 7 Georgia at 11 a.m.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers, 10-3 overall, come to the tournament after an impressive 9-1 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 26. Heavy hitters for the Gophers include freshman Madie Eckstrom who went 3-for-4 with three RBI and sophomore Bree Blanchette who went 3-for-3, tallying two runs and one RBI.
The No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs are also off to an impressive start to the 2012 season, entering the tournament with a 13-2 overall record and are coming off of a lopsided 14-1 win over Gardner-Webb on Feb. 29.
The final matchup of the tournament will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday against the 1-8 Cleveland State Vikings. The Vikings are the only team in the tournament to be coming off of a recent loss. Cleveland state fell 4-1 against Tennessee-Martin on Feb. 26.
Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com throughout the weekend for tournament coverage.