LONG BEACH, Calif. –The Ohio softball team wrapped up the second day of the 2019 UCLA Long Beach State Invitational on Saturday (March 9) by sweeping the day's competition. Ohio come out and defeated San Diego State, 5-1 in the first game of the day, before coming back and downing Long Beach State, 5-1 for their second victory of the day.
GAME ONE: Ohio 5, San Diego State 1
San Diego State would get on the board first in the top of the first inning when they hit a two-put homerun, putting the Aztecs up 1-0.
The Bobcats would get the run back in the bottom of the second inning when freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) led the inning off with a triple to right field, however, she would be out at home trying to steal. Senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would then draw a walk and move to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would draw a walk and then junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would single through the right side, scoring Cole and tying the game at 1-1.
After a scoreless top of the third for San Diego State, the Bobcats threatened to add on in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) walked. She then moved to second when Pond singled up the middle. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the fourth with it still knotted at 1-1.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Ohio would take the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. The inning would begin when sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) singled up the middle. Sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would then draw a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Then with one out, Geno would single to third, scoring Englant and putting Ohio up 2-1. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would then enter the game to run for Geno. Pond would then single through the left side to load the bases. Cole would then reach on a fielder's choice, with Yun being thrown out at the plate. Then with two outs, freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would then single up the middle and move to second on the throw, scoring Pond and Brunswick. Day would then draw a walk on a wild pitch that allowed Cole to score, putting Ohio up 5-1 after five innings.
Ohio would threaten to add on in the top of the sixth inning when Holland singled to right to lead off the inning. Englant would then reach on a fielder's choice, but Holland would be out at second on the play. Englant then stole second, but the Bobcats would be unable to get her home, keeping the game at 5-1.
San Diego State would be sent down in order in the top of the seventh inning, securing the Bobcats 5-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio scored five runs on eight hits and did not commit and error, while San Diego State scored one runs on two hits and did not commit and error.
Individually, Pond went 3-for-3 with one run scored and a triple, while Holland went 2-of-3 with an RBI. Englant went 1-for-3 with a run scored while Geno added a hit, as did Spacek who registered two RBI, while Cole scored two runs.
In the circle, freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) scored pitched seven innings, allowing one run on two hits, walked one and struck out four.
GAME TWO: Ohio 5, Long Beach State 1
Ohio struck first in the top of the first inning. Englant led the game off with a walk and then moved to third when sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) doubled to right field, putting runners on second and third with no out. Senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) then doubled to center, scoring Englant, giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Justice Ruggles (Grass Lake, Mich.) then entered the game to run for Alvarez. Geno would then single to center, scoring Yun. Later in the inning, Cole would draw a walk to load the bases with one out. After Spacek reached on a fielder's choice, Day would draw a bases loaded walk that scored Brunswick, who was in the game for Geno, giving Ohio a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Long Beach State threatened in the bottom of the first inning, loading the bases with one out. However, the Bobcats defense would get the final two outs and send the game to the second still with a 3-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Ohio would add on in the top of the third inning. Pond led off with a single through the left side. She then moved to third when Spacek singled and moved to second on a throwing error, putting runners on second and third with one out. Day then singled up the middle, scoring Pond. Day would then be caught trying to steal second, however, the second part of the double steal worked, as Spacek scored on the throw to second, giving Ohio a 5-0 lead going to the bottom of the frame.
Long Beach State would threaten in the bottom of the third inning when they get two runners on with two outs. However, the Bobcats' defense would stand strong, ending the threat and sending the game to the fourth inning with the Bobcats leading 5-0.
Ohio would threaten to add on in the top of the fourth inning when Yun singled with one out. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with Ohio still lading 5-0.
Ohio threatened in the top of the fifth inning when with two outs, Spacek would single to left and then move to second when Day drew a walk. Both runners would move up a base when Holland was hit by a pitch. However, the Bobcats would be unable to add on, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with the Bobcats leading 5-0.
Long Beach State would get on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-out RBI single, butting the Ohio lead to 5-1 going into the sixth inning.
The Bobcats would threaten to add on in the top of the sixth inning when Yun led the inning off with a single up the middle. After a double play, Geno would double to left center and then move to third when Pong singled once again. However, the Bobcats would be stranded on base, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio still leading 5-1.
After a scoreless bottom of the sixth from Long Beach State, a one-out single by Day would have the Bobcats threatening again in the top of the seventh. However, they would be unable to add on, sending the game to the final frame with a 5-1 lead.
Long Beach State would come out in the bottom of the seventh and the Bobcats would send them down in order, securing the 5-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio scored five runs on 13 hits and committed one error, while Long Beach State scored one run on four hits and committed two errors.
Yun finished the game going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Alvarez and Geno finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Day finished 2-for-2 with two RBI. Spacek also finished the game going 2-for-4 with one run scored.
In the circle, sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, walked four and struck out three batters.
The Bobcats wrap up play at the 2019 UCLA/Long Beach State Invitational on Sunday, March 10 when Ohio takes on Liberty. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. ET.