BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio softball team (16-9) opened play at the 2019 Hoosier Classic on Saturday, falling to St. Francis (Pa.), 19-18 in game one, before coming back and upsetting No. 19 Indiana, 4-1 in the second game of the day.
GAME ONE: St. Francis 19, Ohio 18
St. Francis would get on the board first in the top of the first inning in part to a three-RBI double that gave the Red Flash a 3-0 lead. Ohio would respond and tied the game at 3-3 on a three-run home run by senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio), tying the game at 3-3 after the first innings.
After a scoreless inning for SFU in the top of the second, the Bobcats' offense would explode in the bottom of the frame. The innings began with a single from senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) and the would steal second and score on an RBI single from senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio). After junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) reached on a fielder's choice, sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would score Holland with a one-out RBI double. A singe from senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif) would put runners on first and third, before Alvarez would steal second, allowing Geno to draw a walk to load the bases. Yu would score after freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was hit by a pitch, followed by freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would draw a bases loaded walk. Cole would come to the plate for the second time in the inning and crush a three-RBI triple to center, clearing the bases and giving Ohio a 10-3 lead after two.
SFU would cut into the Ohio lead in the top of the third on a two-run homerun, bringing the score to 10-5 after three innings.
After a scoreless bottom of the third inning, St. Francis would go off for 10 runs in the top of the fourth, giving the Red Flash a 15-10 lead after four innings. After a scoreless bottom of the fourth for Ohio, St. Francis would add two more runs in the top of the fifth, increasing their lead to 17-10.
Ohio would get some runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach first on a n error to lead off the innings. She would then move to second when Yun reached on an error of her own. Back-to-back RBI singled from Alvarez and Geno would cut into the Red Flash's lead to 17-13 after five innings.
After a scoreless sixth innings, SFU would add two runs in the top of the seventh, taking a 19-13 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Ohio would mount a comeback in the bottom of the frame. Yun led the inning off with a homerun to right center. With one out, Geno reached on a fielding error. After the Bobcats would load the bases, Day would crush a grand slam to center, cutting the SFU lead to one. However, the Bobcats would be unable to complete the comeback ad would call by the final of 19-18.
Overall, Ohio scored 18 runs on 15 hits and committed four errors, while SFU scored 19 runs on 17 hits and committed three errors. Alvarez went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Geno went 2-of-3 with five RBI, a homerun and two runs scored. Yun finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored and a double, while Day went 2-of-4 with a run scored, five RBI and a grand slam. Cole finished with 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.
In the circle, freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) pitched three innings, allowing nine runs, six earned, on eight hits, walked two and struck out one. Junior Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) pitched 0.2 innings, allowing six runs, one earned, on three hits while walking two, and junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) with 3.1 innings, allowing four runs, two earned on six hits, walked one and struck out five.
GAME TWO: Ohio 4, No. 19 Indiana 1
The Bobcats struck first in the top of the second inning. Englant reached on an error and then moved to second on a single by Yun. The with one out, Englant would score o an RBI double to left center from Geno, putting Ohio up 1-0 after one.
After a scoreless bottom of the first from Indiana, Ohio would add on in the top of the second. Cole would reach on a error, right before Day would hit a homerun to left center, giving the Bobcats a 3-0 lead after two innings of play.
After the Hoosiers went down in order in the top of the third, the Bobcats would increase their lead with a solo homerun from Alvarez, a leadoff shot to left center, that put Ohio up 3-0 after three.
After Indiana once again went down in order, the Bobcats would threaten to add on in the top of the fourth. Cole would lead the inning off with a single before stealing second with two outs. Englant would the reach first on a single, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Englant would steal second, however the Bobcats would be unable to her around, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading 4-0.
Indiana would get their first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, a two-out single up the middle. However, the Bobcats defense would get the final batter to fly out, sending the game to the fifth inning with the Bobcats leading, 4-0.
After a scoreless top of the fifth for Ohio, Indiana would get on the board with a leadoff homerun to left. However, starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would strike out the next three batters, sending the game to the sixth with the Bobcats leading 4-1.
Ohio would threaten to add on in the top of the sixth inning. Cole led off with a walk and moved to second on a ground out. When with two outs, Cole would advance to third on a single by Englant. However, the Bobcats would be unable to add on, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth with the Bobcats up, 4-1.
After a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning for Indiana, the Bobcats threatened to add on in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Geno reached on an error. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would enter the game to run for Geno, and then move to second when Pong reached on a single. Both runners would move up on a ground out, placing runners on second and third with two outs, however the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading 4-1.
Indiana would get a runner on in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a strikeout from McCrady would end the game and seal the 4-1 victory for the Bobcats.
Overall, Ohio scored four runs on eight hits and did not commit an error, while Indiana would score one run on three hits and commit three errors.
Day finished the game 1-for-3 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored, while Englant finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Alvarez finished with a hit, a homerun, and RBI and a run scored, while Geno finished with a double and an RBI. Cole also finished the game with a hit and a run scored for the Bobcats.
In the circle, McCrady put together a specular start, pitching seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, March 16 when Ohio faces St. Francis at 5:30 p.m.