ATHENS, Ohio— After trailing for six innings, a two-homerun from Morgan Geno, crowning her the Ohio all-time RBI leader, helped the Ohio softball team (22-10, 3-0 MAC) rally and defeat Northern Kentucky (7-19, 0-3 Horizon), 3-1.
Geno's 139 RBI surpasses the mark of 137 that was set by Lauren Gellerman in 2013.
The Norse struck first in the top of the first inning off of a wild pitch after a leadoff walk and a sac bunt put a runner in scoring position. Sophomore starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) quickly bounced back, striking out the next batter to send the Bobcats to the plate.
Northern Kentucky threatened in the third, fourth and fifth innings, leaving two runners stranded in each time after McCrady struck out batters for the third outs.
The Bobcats attempted to rally in the bottom of the fifth, led off by a walk from senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio). Geno's pinch runner, freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.), was advanced to second off of a groundout and then third on an error, but was unable to cross the plate.
The Bobcats struck in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) led off with Ohio's first hit of the game, quickly putting herself in scoring position by capitalizing on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball. Sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) singled to right field, tying up the game. With two outs, Geno smacked a two-run homerun, making her the all-time RBI leader at Ohio with 139 RBI and putting the Bobcats up 3-1.
The Norse attempted to take back the lead in the seventh, but after a leadoff single the Bobcats easily put away the next three batters, ending the game with the final NKU batter striking out looking.
Overall, Ohio scored three runs on three hits and had three errors; Northern Kentucky scored one run on four hits and had one error.
Individually, Geno went 1-for-2 with one walk, one homerun and two RBI. Yun went 1-for-3 with one RBI and a stolen base while Holland went 1-for-2.
In the circle, McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing one run, walking two and striking out 10.
Up next, Ohio resumes MAC play when they take on Northern Illinois at the OSF on Friday, March 29 at 3 p.m. On Saturday, March 30, play will continue with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.