MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.– The Ohio softball team (25-15, 6-5 MAC) returned to action on Saturday, dropping a doubleheader to Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan (16-18-1, 7-3-1 MAC). Ohio dropped the first game by the final of 6-3, before falling in game two, 7-4. By dropping the two games today, the Bobcats were swept by CMU in the three-game series.
It is the first time the Bobcats have been swept in a three-game series since April of 2016 when Ohio fell three times to Ball State.
GAME ONE: CMU 6, Ohio 3
Central Michigan would get the first base runners of the game in the bottom of the second on a walk and an infield single. However, back-to-back popped up bunts and a fly out would end the threat, sending the game to the third inning with the game still scoreless.
Ohio got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) reached first on a leadoff single and then moved to second when sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice. Then with one out, senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would single through the left side, scoring Englant from second and putting Ohio up 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
CMU would get on the board in the bottom of the inning on a one-out solo homerun to tie the game at 1-1 going into the top of the fifth inning.
Ohio would try to get the run back in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would crush a double off the top of the centerfield wall. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with the game tied at 1-1.
CMU would add a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a one-out RBI triple to take a 2-1 lead going into the top of the sixth inning.
Ohio would retake the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Yun would lead off with a double to left center. She would then score when Geno hit a two-run homerun to centerfield, giving Ohio a 3-2 lead going to the bottom of the sixth.
CMU would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring four runs to take a 6-3 lead going into the top of the seventh inning.
The Bobcats would be unable to get anything going in the top of the seventh and fall by the final of 6-3.
Overall, Ohio scored three runs on five hits and committed two errors, while CMU scored six runs on six hits and did not commit an error.
Individually, Geno went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a homerun and one run scored. Yun and Spacek added a double each, while Englant recorded a hit and a run scored.
In the circle, sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) pitched 5.2 inning, allowing six runs on six hits, walked five and struck out four. Junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) faced one batter and threw one pitch for one out.
GAME TWO: CMU 7, Ohio 4
In the top of the first inning, Ohio threatened first. Englant would reach on a single to start the inning and then move to second on a bunt single from Yun. They would each move up a back on a sacrifice bunt from senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.), however, Ohio would be unable to get a run across, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with the game tied at 0-0.
CMU would strike in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead going into the second inning.
Ohio would try to get a run back in the top of the second inning when senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) led the inning off with an infield single. However, after two outs, Cole would be caught stealing, ending the inning with Ohio trailing, 2-0.
Ohio would get a run in the top of the third inning. With one out, Englant would reach on her second hit of the day and then score on an RBI double to right field from Yun, cutting the CMU lead to 2-1 going into the bottom of the third inning.
CMU would get the run back and add on in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs, capped off by a three-run homerun, giving CMU a 6-1 led going to the fourth.
Ohio would get a run back in the top of the fourth inning, Cole would reach first on an error and then move to third on a single from junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) then with two outs, Englant would record her third hit of the game, scoring Cole and cutting the lead to 6-2.
Ohio tried to get another run in the top of the fifth inning with a one out double from Geno that went to centerfield. Freshman Justice Ruggles (Grass Lake, Mich.) entered the game to run for Geno and would move to third on a ground out. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio still trailing, 6-2.
Ohio threatened again in the top of the sixth inning. Spacek led the inning off with a single, however would be out at second when sophomore Brooke Rice (Mason, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice. Freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.) would enter to run for Rice, and then advance to third when Holland reached second in an error. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run around, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth still trailing, 6-2.
CMU would add a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking a 7-2 lead to the top of the seventh inning.
Ohio would get two runs in the top if the seventh inning. With one out, Geno reached on a single and then moved to first and a single by Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio). Cole would then draw a walk to load the bases. Still with one out, redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would reach second on an error, scoring Geno and Day. However, the Bobcats would be unable to add on, with Ohio falling by the final of 7-4.
Overall, Ohio scored four runs on 11 hits and committed two errors, while CMU scored seven runs on five hits and committed three errors.
Individually, Englant went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Yun went 2-of-4 with a double and a run scored, while Geno added two hits with a double and a run scored. Day registered a hit and a run scored, while Cole also added a hit and a run scored. Spacek and Holland both added base hits for Ohio.
In the circle, freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) got the start, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing five runs on three hits, walked two and struck out one. Meeks entered the game in the third inning, pitching 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out one.
The Bobcats return to Athens on Wednesday, April 10 to wrap up the three-game series with Kent State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. inside the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats and Flashes split the doubleheader between the two teams in Kent, Ohio last week.