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Ohio Softball Opens Play at 2018 JMU Invitational

Ohio Softball Opens Play at 2018 JMU Invitational

Game One PDF Boxscore | Game Two PDF Boxscore

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Ohio softball team (9-12) opened play at the 2018 JMU Invitational, dropping the first two games of the tournament. The Bobcats fell to East Carolina (11-16), 9-2 and then fell to host James Madison (19-5), 8-0 in six innings.

GAME ONE: East Carolina 9, Ohio 2
The Bobcats struck first in the top of the first inning, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) led the game off with a single up the middle. Then with one out, Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) singled to right center and moved to second on the throw. The throw allowed Day to score from first, putting the Bobcats on the board. Yun would then move to third on a ground out, putting a runner on third with two outs. However, the Bobcats would not be unable to add on, but would take a 1-0 lead to the bottom of the first.

ECU would respond in the bottom of the first when with one out and a runner on second, Meredith Burroughs would hit a two-run home run, giving ECU the lead. Starting pitcher, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the final two Pirate batters to strike out, sending the game to the second inning with the bobcats trailing 2-1.

The Bobcats would try and get a run back in the top of the second when MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) led the inning off with a base hit. She then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brooke Rice (Mason, Ohio). She would then move to third on a ground out, placing a runner on third with two outs. However, the Bobcats would be unable to scratch a run across, sending the game to the bottom of the frame down 2-1.

ECU would try to add on in the bottom of the second inning when with one out, Kendra Ziemba singled through the left side. Then with the help from a walk and an error, the Pirates would load the bases with one out. The Bobcat defense would step up, getting the final two outs of the inning on force outs, getting out of the bases loaded jam still trailing 2-1.

The Bobcats would tie the game up in the top of the third inning. With one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) reached second on a fielding error. The then moved to third on a wild pitch. Still with one out, Cooper would score on a fly out by Yun, tying the game at 2-2 going to the bottom of the third.

ECU would retake the lead in the bottom of the third on a two-out, two-run home run from Karlie Smith, putting the Pirates up 4-2 going into the fourth inning.  

The Bobcats tried to get a run back in the top of the fourth inning when Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) led off with a walk. Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would then enter the game to pinch run for her, but she would be called out when Brunswick reached on a fielder's choice. Brunswick would then steal second, putting a runner in scoring position with one out. Rice would then reach first after being hit by a pitch. However, the Bobcats would be unable to score and would go to the bottom of the fourth down 4-2.

ECU would add on in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on three hits and a fielding error, taking a 7-2 lead going into the top of the fifth inning.

Ohio would try and get a run back in the top of the fifth inning, when with two outs, Yun reached third on an error from the left fielder. However, she would be unable to score, and the game would go to the bottom of the frame with Ohio trailing 7-2.

After the Bobcats sent the Pirates down in order in the bottom of the seventh and the Bobcats had an uneventful top of the sixth, ECU would add on in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 9-2 lead on a two-RBI double.

The Bobcats would try and get a run in the top of the seventh with Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) led off with a single. She then advanced to second on a fly out, putting a runner in scoring position with two outs. However, she would be unable to score and Ohio would fall by the final of 9-2.

At the plate, the Bobcats scored two runs on four hits, with Day, Yun, Brunswick and Englant all registering base hits.

In the circle, Stiene got the start, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits, while striking out five. Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) would pitch 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out four.

GAME TWO: James Madison 8, Ohio 0 (Six Innings)
Ohio got the first hit of the game in the top of the first inning when Cooper led off with a single. She then moved to third when Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) reached first on a throwing error. putting runners on first and third with two outs. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to score and would go to the bottom of the frame with the score tied at 0-0.

JMU would get the first runs of the game in the bottom of the inning when they would score a run on an RBI single from Kierstin Roadcap and a bases loaded walk, putting JMU up 2-0 after the first.

Ohio would try to cut into the lead in the top of the second inning when Brunswick singled with one out. She would then move to third when Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) singled, putting runners on first and third with two outs. However, the Bobcats would be unable to score, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with JMU leading 2-0.

After both JMU and Ohio would go down in order in the bottom of the second and the top of the third, James Madison would add on in the bottom of third inning, scoring one run on an RBI single from Natalie Cutright, putting JMU up 3-0 after three innings.

Ohio would get runners on again in the top of the fourth inning when Geno hit a one-out double to right field, however Ohio would be unable to score again and would go to the bottom of the fourth down 3-0.

JMU would add on in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on three hits and was highlighted by a homerun from Sara Jubas and two RBI doubles from Odicci Alexander and Gordon, giving James Madison a 6-0 lead.

After an uneventful fifth inning from both teams, Ohio got runners on again in the top of the sixth inning. Yun led off with a single to right field. She however would be erased from the bases when Dorsey reached on a fielder's choice. Dorsey would then move to second on a wild pitch, putting a runner in scoring position with one out. However, the Bobcats would be unable to scratch a run across and would go to the bottom of the inning down 6-0.

JMU would end the game in the bottom of the inning with a one-out two-run homerun from Alexander, giving JMU the 8-0 win.

In the circle, Villanueva pitched 5.1 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, walking eight and striking out five.

At the plate, how did not score a run on six hits. Geno registered a double and Copper, Day, Yun, Brunswick and Villanueva all registered a base hit.

UP NEXT
Due to weather, the rest of the weekend's schedule has been modifiled. Ohio's game agaisnt ECU tomorrow has been cancelled. Ohio will then take on JMU tomorrow at 4 p.m. They will then wrap up the weekend on Sunday against Stony Brook at 10:30 a.m.

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