Day’s Big Day Leads Ohio Softball to Split Against Kent State

Day’s Big Day Leads Ohio Softball to Split Against Kent State

Game One PDF Boxscore | Game Two PDF Boxscore

KENT, OHIO –Led by senior Alex Day, the Ohio softball team (25-12, 6-2 MAC) returned to action on Tuesday (April 2), taking on Mid-American Conference foe Kent State (13-18, 3-2 MAC), splitting a doubleheader with the Flashes. Ohio fell in game one, 2-1, before the Bobcats offense would come alive in game two, downing Kent State, 10-2, in five innings. 

GAME ONE: Kent State 2, Ohio 1
Ohio would get runners on in the top of the first inning when with two outs, senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach on an infield single. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with it still scoreless. 

Kent State would threaten in the bottom of the second inning. The Flashes would get two runners on to open the frame, but a fly out and two strikeouts for starter sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would end the frame with the game still scoreless. 

Ohio would strike in the top of the second inning when senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) hit a solo homerun to lead the inning off. With two outs, freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would draw a walk, but the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio leading, 1-0.

Kent State would get a run in the bottom of the second inning on back-to-back doubles, tying the game at 1-1 going into the third inning. 

Ohio threatened to take back the lead in the top of the third inning. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) led the inning off with a single up the middle. Then with two outs, senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would be hit by a pitch and Day would draw a walk to load the bases. However, the Kent State defense would get the final out of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the third with it tied at 1-1. 

After a scoreless inning from Kent State in the bottom of the third, Ohio threatened again in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) reached on a hit to left before Englant reached on an infield single. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with the game tied at 1-1.

Kent State would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo homerun, putting the Flashes up, 2-1 after four innings of play. 

Ohio would try and get the run back in the top of the fifth inning when Day drew a two-out walk, however the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the fifth with Sent State leading 2-1. 

Ohio would try and get a run across in the top of the sixth inning, with Holland reaching on a two-out infield single, however the rest of the offense would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio still trailing, 2-1. 

After Kent State went down in order in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ohio threatened to even the score in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) led the inning off with a single through the left side. She would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt from Alvarez. However, the Bobcats would be unable to push a run across, falling to the Flashes by the final of 2-1. 

Overall, Ohio scored one run on seven hits and did not commit an error, while Kent State scored two runs on six hits and did not commit an error. 

Individually, Englant went 2-for-4, while Holland went 2-for-3. Day had one hit with a homerun and drew three walks, while Yun and Alvarez also recorded a base hit for the Bobcats. 

In the circle, McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. 

GAME TWO: Ohio 10, Kent State 2 (5 innings) 
Ohio attempted to get a run across in the top of the first inning. Englant reached on a Kent State fielding error and then would steal second. She would then move to third on a ground out, but the Bobcats would be unable to get a run across, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with it scoreless. 

After Kent State went down in order in the bottom of the first, Ohio struck in the top of the second. Just as she did in the first game, Day led the second inning off with a solo homerun to left field, putting Ohio up 1-0. The Bobcats weren't done. Senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would draw a walk and then steal second. Then with one out, Spacek would reach on a single to right field, putting runners on first and third. Holland would then reach first on an infield single, allowing Cole to score from third, giving Ohio a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the frame. 

Ohio's offense came alive in the top of the third inning. Yun led the inning off with a double to center. With one out, senior Geno would draw a walk, putting runners on first and second. Day would come to the plate and rope a single up the middle, scoring Yun and giving Ohio a 3-0 lead. 

The Bobcats weren't done. Cole would then take the first pitch that she saw and send it over the rightfield wall for a three-run homerun. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would then crush a homerun of her own to left center, putting Ohio up, 7-0 going into the bottom of the third. 

After a scoreless third inning for Kent State in the bottom of the third, the Bobcats would add on in the top of the fourth. Englant led the inning off with a walk and then stole second. With two outs, Englant would score on a single from Geno and a throwing error. Day would then hit her second homerun of the game, and third of the day, this one to center, giving Ohio a 10-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. 

Ohio would try to add on in the top of the fifth inning when Holland reached on an infield single, however the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the fifth inning with a 10-0.

Kent State would get two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Ohio defense would get the final two outs of the inning, sealing the 10-2 victory. 

Overall, Ohio scored 10 runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while Kent State scored two runs on four hits and committed two errors. 

Individually, Day went 3-for-3 with two homeruns, four RBI and three runs scored, while Holland went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Yun added a hit and a run scored, while Cole added a homerun, two runs scored and three RBI. Brunswick added a homerun and a run scored, while Spacek and Yun both had hits with Yun scoring one run. 

In the circle, sophomore Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) pitched five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, walked one and struck out two. 

Ohio returns to action this weekend when they head to Mount Pleasant, Mich. April 5-6 for a MAC series against Central Michigan. The Bobcats take on CMU on Friday, April, 5 at 3 p.m., before wrapping up the series on Saturday, April, 6 with a doubleheader set to start at 1 p.m. 

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