ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio softball team (28-19, 9-8 MAC) dropped both games of a doubleheader to rival Miami (28-14, 13-4 MAC) today at the Ohio Softball Field, falling by scores of 9-0 and 6-1.
GAME ONE: Miami 9, Ohio 0
After a scoreless first inning, a two-run home run pulled the RedHawks up 2-0 with one out. The Bobcats threatened in the bottom of the third, but they ultimately stranded sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) and senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio).
After sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) retired three consecutive batters in the top of the fifth, Ohio threatened again, stranding Englant on second and senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) on first after a long at-bat from Geno.
In the top of the sixth, Miami extended their lead as a leadoff double, sacrifice fly and then a single moved the leadoff batter around the bases. Freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) entered the game for McCrady with one out and runners on first and second. After a hit batter loaded the bases, back-to-back singles gave Miami a 5-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) made contact for the Bobcats, smacking a double to center field, but was stranded on second.
With bases loaded for the RedHawks, a fielder's choice RBI put runners on first and second and put Miami ahead 6-0 before a three-run home run cleared the bases, leaving the Bobcats trailing 9-0.
Ohio fought back in the bottom of the seventh with all four batters making contact, but no runs were scored and the Bobcats fell 9-0.
At the plate, Englant and Brunswick went 2-for-3 while Geno and Day each registered a hit apiece.
In the circle, McCrady pitched for 5.1 innings, striking out seven and allowing three hits. Kohl pitched for 1.2 innings, allowing six hits and striking out one.
GAME TWO: Miami 6, Ohio 1
Miami threated early, stranding runners on second and third in the top of the first. The Bobcats bounced back from the earlier game, starting the bottom of the inning by loading the bases with back-to-back-to-back singles from Englant, Yun and Day. Three fielder's choices ended the inning, however, with the score still 0-0.
In the top of the third, Miami scored first off of a double to left-center field. After a scoreless fourth, the RedHawks struck again with a solo home run that just cleared the center field fence.
Ohio put their first run of the day on the board when sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot over the right field fence. Day walked but was unable to cross the plate for the tying run.
With runners on the corners, the RedHawks scored again in the top of the sixth off of a ground ball to second base before a hit up the middle scored their fourth run of the game. Junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) drew a swinging strikeout for the final out of the half inning.
Miami tacked on their fifth and sixth runs off of back-to-back hard hit ground balls up the middle of the infield in the top of the seventh. McCrady came in to close the game, quickly getting the last two outs for the Bobcats.
Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle of the field, but she was unable to score, ending the game at 6-1.
In the circle, Meeks pitched 6.1 innings, giving up 11 hits, two earned runs and striking out two batters. McCrady closed the seventh inning, pitching 0.2 innings and striking out two batters.
Ohio will play host to its final home game of the 2019 season on Sunday (April 28) with a noon ET matchup against Miami. The Bobcats will honor the team's senior class prior to the start of the contest.