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Ohio Faces Charleston, Ohio State and Hillsdale This Weekend

Lauren McClary

Oct. 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team returns to action on Saturday as it welcomes the University of Charleston for a doubleheader at the Ohio Softball Field with first pitch set for 3 and 5 p.m. The club then heads to Columbus for a matchup with Ohio State (10:30 a.m.) and Hillsdale (12:45 p.m.).

In last year's fall exhibition meeting, Ohio took down Charleston by a final score of 3-0. The Bobcats were also victorious last fall against Ohio State as it took down the Buckeyes by a 4-2 count.

Charleston finished the 2013 season with a 29-21 record at the Division II level and had three players post batting averages of .300-or-better. Kendal LeFrancois returns for her sophomore campaign after she posted a team-best seven home runs and 24 RBI.

Ohio State returns 16 letter winners from last year's squad that finished with a 34-22 mark. The Buckeyes had six players that batted .285-or-better. Senior Leesa Gresham returns for her senior season after she clubbed a team-best nine home runs as a junior.

Hillsdale finished the 2013 campaign with an 11-21 mark. The Chargers did have a seven-game winning streak during the month of April, but dropped seven of its final eight games to close out the year. Hillsdale batted .304 as a team and posted a strong team earned run average of 3.41, but struggled in the field as it committed 69 errors.

The Bobcats return to action after it split a pair of games with Marshall this past weekend. Ohio captured the first game, winning 4-3 before dropping the finale 9-1.

Junior pitcher Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) picked up the win in the first game as she struck out three and scattered seven hits. Offensively for the `Cats, Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) led the way for the Bobcats as she tallied a pair of hits and drove in a run. Sophomore Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.), junior Timmie Rappe (Wheaton, Ill.) and senior Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) also tallied an RBI for Ohio.

In the second game against the Herd, Ohio was held to just two hits. In the circle for the `Cats, Raven King suffered the loss as she gave up seven hits in 2.2 innings of work.