YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Ohio softball team (17-12, 5-0 MAC) continued Mid-American Conference play on Friday (March 30) against Eastern Michigan (4-24, 0-5 MAC), sweeping the Eagles in a doubleheader. The Bobcats took game one by the final of 8-0 in six innings. Ohio completed the day by downing EMU, 6-1, in the second game. The Bobcats will conclude the three-game series tomorrow (March 31). Due to weather, first pitch is now scheduled for 11 a.m.
GAME ONE: Ohio 8, EMU 0 (Six Innings)
After the Bobcats went down in order in the top of the first, Eastern Michigan would get the first baserunner of the game. With one out, Haley Holstetler would draw a walk. However, she would be erased from the bases when Olivia Logan hit into a fielder's choice. Starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would get the last Eagle batter to fly out, ending the inning and sending the game to the second scoreless.
The Bobcats would strike in the top of the second inning. Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) reached first on a bloop single to shallow right field. She then moved to second on a single from Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio). Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would move the runners over on a ground out, allowing the next batter, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) to crush a double off the right field wall, scoring Alvarez and Dorsey. Brunswick would then move to third on a groundout, allowing Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) to come to the plate and single home Brunswick. After an EMU pitching change, the Eagles would get the final out, but the Bobcats would take a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the frame.
After EMU would strand a runner in the bottom of the second, Ohio would add on in the top of the third. With two outs, Dorsey would draw a walk and then steal second. She would then move to third on an Eagle error. Brunswick would then come to the plate and smash an RBI single to left center, scoring Dorsey. EMU would get the final out of the inning on a play at the plate, but Ohio would take a 4-0 lead to the bottom of the third.
EMU would threaten in the bottom of the third inning when the first two batters would reach first on fielding errors from the Bobcats. The Bobcat defense would then come up big, getting two outs, allowing McCrady to strikeout the final batter of the inning, sending the game to the fourth with Ohio up 4-0.
Ohio would try to add on in the top of the fourth inning. Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would lead the inning off with an infield single. However, she would be thrown out trying to steal. Cooper would then single to the shortstop, but then get thrown out at third on a double the left center from Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio). Then with a runner on second with two outs, the EMU defense would get the final out, sending the game to the bottom of the frame leading 4-0.
Eastern Michigan would get their first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, when with one out, Brandice Olmos singled to shallow center field. However, the Bobcat defense would get the next batter to foul out. McCrady then would record another strikeout to end the inning, sending the game to the fifth with Ohio leading 4-0.
The Bobcats added on in the top of the fifth inning. Alvarez led the inning off with a walk, she would then be replaced on the bases by Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.). Then with one out, she would move to second when Geno was hit by a pitch. Brunswick would then reach on a fielder's choice, putting runners on first and third with two outs. Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would then double to left center, scoring Holland and Brunswick. Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) would then ender the game to pinch hit, registering an RBI single down the leftfield line. EMU would be able to get the final out of the inning, with Ohio taking a 7-0 lead to the bottom of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Angel Schilke would reach first on a leadoff walk. She would then move to second on a ground out. However, the Ohio defense would get the final two outs, sending the game to the sixth inning with a 7-0 lead.
Ohio would get another run in the top of the sixth inning. Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would reach first on a walk and then move to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Geno would reach first on an error, allowing Yun to score from second and putting Ohio up 8-0 going to the bottom of the sixth.
EMU would come to the plate and get two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. However, McCrady would get the final batter of the inning to strikeout swinging, giving Ohio the 8-0 victory.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored eight runs on 11 hits. Cooper went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Brunswick went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Day added a double and Englant registered a double and two RBI. Villanueve, Saxton and Yun all registered base hits as well.
In the circle, McCrady (5-4) threw all six innings, allowing no runs on two hits, walking two and striking out six.
GAME TWO: Ohio 6, EMU 1
Eastern Michigan would get the first hit of the game when Casey Skeens led off the bottom of the first with a single to shallow left center. She would the move to second on a sacrifice bunt, but then be thrown out at home try to steal on the throw after a stolen base. Starting pitcher Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the final batter to strikeout, ending the inning and sending the game to the second with it still scoreless.
Ohio would strike first in the top of the third inning. With one out, Englant reached on an infield single. She then moved to second when Saxton reached on a fielder's choice. Englant would then score on an RBI single from Cooper. Cooper would later steal second, helping set up the sacrifice fly from Day that scored Saxton and moved Cooper to third. EMU would get the final out, but Ohio would lead 2-0 going to the bottom of the third.
After an uneventful fourth inning, Ohio would add on in the top of the fifth inning. Villanueva would single to lead off the inning. Then with one out she would move to second on an infield single from Saxton. Then with two outs and runners on first and second, Day would demolish a three-run homerun to centerfield, clearing the bases and putting Ohio up 5-0. The Bobcats would add one more and an RBI single from Alvarez that scored Yun from second, giving Ohio a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the frame.
EMU would get a run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Lauren Holdsworth led off with a double to center field. She would then score on an RBI double off the top of the wall from Sophia Holland. However, the Ohio defense would get the next three outs, ending the inning with Ohio still leading 6-1.
Ohio would get a runner on in the top of the sixth inning when with one out, Villanueva singled to put a runner on, however, the Bobcats would not add on and would go to the bottom of the frame leading 6-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, EMU would get a runner on when with one out, Logan reached first on a single. However, Stiene would strike out the next two batters and would send the game to the seventh inning with Ohio leading 6-1.
After Ohio got a runner on in the top of the seventh inning and would not score, EMU would come to the plate in the bottom of the inning. However, the Ohio defense would send the Eagles down in order, securing the 6-1 victory and series win.
At the plate, Ohio scored six runs on eight hits. Villanueva went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Day went 1-for-3 with a homerun, four RBI and a run scored. Cooper and Alvarez both had a hit and an RBI. Yun, Englant and Saxton both added a hit for the Bobcats.
In the circle, Stiene (11-5) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out 12 and walking one.
The Bobcats wrap up the three-game series against EMU tomorrow (March 31) at 11 a.m. at Varsity Field.