ATHENS, Ohio– Two more homeruns from sophomore Katie Yun helped the Ohio Softball team (19-10, 1-0 MAC) opened up Mid-American Conference play with a 7-2 victory over Bowling Green (10-14, 0-1 MAC) Friday afternoon (March 22) at the Ohio Softball Field.
Bowling Green would get a runner on the bases in the first inning, but the Bobcats defense would hold strong, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with the game still tied at 0-0.
Ohio would get on the board first in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach on an error, but be out at second when Yun (North Canton, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would smoke a double off the left field wall, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead after one.
After sophomore starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) struck out the side in the top of the second, Ohio tried to add on in the bottom of the inning when freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would double off the left field wall. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her across and would send the game to the top of the third with Ohio leading 1-0.
After Ohio sent the Falcons down in order again, Ohio added on in the bottom of the third inning. Englant would single to the shortstop to lead off the inning. Then, Yun would record her first homerun of the game, a shot to straight away center field, giving Ohio a 3-0 lead. With two outs, senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would reach on an infield single, however, Ohio would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the top of the fourth with Ohio leading 3-0.
Bowling Green would get on the board in the top of the fourth inning on a two-RBI single, cutting the Ohio lead to 3-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Bobcats got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Spacek would reach first when she drew a walk. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would move her to second. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would move her to third on a ground out. Then with two outs, Englant would single down the left field line, scoring Spacek, giving Ohio a 4-2 lead after four.
After Bowling Green would strand two runners in the top of the fifth inning, the Bobcats would add on in the bottom of the fifth inning. Senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) and Geno would both draw walks. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) and freshman Justice Ruggles (Grass Lake, Mich.) would enter to run for Alvarez and Geno. Senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would be hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then with two outs, Dorsey would reach first on an error from the BGSU pitcher, scoring Brunswick and giving Ohio a 5-2 lead after five.
After Bowling Green went down in order in the top of the sixth inning, Ohio would add on in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Yun would hit her second homerun of the game, this one to left field. Alvarez would be hit by a pitch and move to second on a passed ball. Then with one out, Geno would reach on a single, which the BGSU outfielder would drop, allowing Alvarez to score, giving Ohio a 7-2 lead after six innings.
Bowling Green would get a runner on in the top of the seventh inning, however, the Ohio defense would hold strong, sealing the 7-2 victory for the Bobcats.
Overall, Ohio scored seven runs on eight hits and committed no errors, while Bowling Green scored two runs on five hits and committed three errors.
Yun went 2-for-4 with two homeruns, three runs scored and three RBI, while Geno went 2-for-3 with an RBI, with Englant also going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Day added a hit, while Spacek recorded a double and a run scored.
McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and struck out nine.
Up next, the Bobcats return to action on Saturday, March 23 when Ohio takes on Bowling Green for a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. at the OSF.