BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Ohio softball team (17-9) continued play at the 2019 Hoosier Classic on Saturday (March 16), defeating St. Francis (Pa.), 17-6 in five innings, while hitting seven homeruns and setting the program and Mid-American Conference record for homeruns in a single game.
The Bobcats jumped on the board first in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) reached first on a single and then moved to second when senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) singled up the middle. Senior Morgan Geno would then crush a three-run homerun to center field, putting Ohio up 3-0 after the top of the first.
After a scoreless inning from SFU in the bottom of the first, Ohio would add on in the top of the second inning with a six-spot. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) led off with a triple before Englant would hit her first career homerun, followed by homeruns from both sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) and Alvarez. Geno would then draw a walk, setting up freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) to hit her own homerun, giving Ohio a 9-0 lead after two innings.
After a scoreless bottom of the second for SFU, Ohio would add on. The inning began with a homerun from Yun, her second of the day and Ohio's sixth of the day. Alvarez and Geno would reach on back-to-back singles, with senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) entering to run for Alvarez. All runners would move up on a single from Pond. With the bases loaded and one out, senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) drew a walk to score Geno. A single from Day and fielder's choices from Holland and Englant would all produce runs, giving Ohio a 14-0 lead after three innings.
SFU would get on the board in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on two homeruns, cutting the Ohio lead to 14-3 after three.
The Bobcats would get the runs back in the top of the fourth inning. Alvarez led off with her second homerun of the game, setting the new school and MAC record for home runs in a game. Ohio would then add two more runs on the inning, taking a 17-3 lead after four innings.
The Red Flash would add one more run on the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting the Ohio lead to 17-4 after four innings.
After a scoreless inning for Ohio, St. Francis would score two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run homerun, but it would not be enough to continue the game, giving Ohio the 17-6 five inning victory.
Overall, Ohio finished the game with 27 runs on 18 hits and committed two errors, while SFU scored six runs on five hits and committed one error.
Individually, Alvarez went 5-for-5 with two homeruns, two RBI and three runs scored. Yun went 2-for-5 with two homeruns, two RBI and two runs scored, while Geno went 3-for-3 with a homerun, three runs scored and three RBI. Pond added two hits with a homerun and two RBI, while Holland recorded a triple and Englant also hit a homerun.
In the circle, sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield,Ohio) pitched five innings, allowing six runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six.
Up next, the Bobcats wrap up play at the 2019 Hoosier Classic on Sunday, March 17 against No. 19 Indiana. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.