March 20, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University Softball Team (13-10) gets right back in action following a Tuesday doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky, as the Bobcats have recently announced that they will be hosting IPFW for a Thursday twin bill. First pitch at the Ohio Softball Field is set for 2 p.m.
Thursday’s doubleheader will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs in recorded Ohio Softball history.
The Bobcats are coming off a Tuesday doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky which saw them fall twice, 10-3 and 7-0. Ohio ran into a very strong pitching staff, hitting .136 over the course of the two games. EKU’s Leanna Pittsenbarger had an especially solid performance against the Bobcats in the second game of the day, limiting the Green and White to just one hit in seven innings of work.
Senior slugger Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) added to her team-leading home run total on Tuesday evening. Colvin hit her 11th home run of the season in the first game, a figure which ranks third in Ohio’s single-season record book.
IPFW enters Thursday’s series the owner of a 10-6 record which includes a 2-0 mark in Summit League play. The Mastodons have won two of their last three games, splitting a pair with UT-Arlington before picking up a 5-4 win against Troy on March 10. IPFW has picked up a few impressive wins this season, winning at Iowa State and Texas Tech in addition to taking down Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan.
The Mastodons boast a balanced offensive attack, with five student-athletes hitting .313 or higher. Brittany Kachur leads the way offensively for the ball club, hitting .429 and slugging at a rate of .548. Though home runs haven’t been a huge part of IPFW’s offense this season, four Mastodons (Ashleigh Bousquet, Dani Pugh, Alex Bousquet, and Hillary Kartman) have each generated 11 RBI or more to this point in 2013. Miranda Kramer is the team’s top pitcher, having posted a 2.33 ERA and a 6-3 record inside the circle. The Bobcats will likely match up against her and Megan Flenniken (3.88 ERA, 3-3) on Thursday afternoon.
Fans can follow both of Thursday’s games via the “Gametracker” links at the top of the page.
Following Thursday’s doubleheader, Ohio will welcome Canisius to the Ohio Softball Field for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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