COLUMBUS, Ohio– Despite a three-run homerun in the top of the sixth by Alex Day and a rally in the top of the seventh, the Ohio softball team (28-17) would fall to Big 10 opponent Ohio State (26-14), 4-3, Tuesday (April 16) evening at Buckeye Field.
After Ohio State left a runner on base in the bottom of the first inning, the Bobcats would get on the bases in the top of the second. Senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would draw a walk to lead off the inning. Freshman Justice Ruggles (Grass Lake, Mich.) would enter to run for Geno and move to second on a sacrifice bunt from senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.). However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her home, sending the game to the bottom of the second with the game still tied at 0-0.
Ohio State would strike first in the bottom of the second inning off of a lead off solo homerun to left center. With one out, the Buckeyes would get a runner on base with a double. However, the Bobcats defense would hold strong, sending the game to the third inning with the the Bobcats trailing, 1-0.
The Bobcats would threaten in the top of the third inning. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would lead off with a double to right center. She would then move to third on a ground out by junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.), putting a runner on third with one out. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with the Bobcats trailing, 1-0.
The Buckeyes would load the bases in the bottom of the third inning, however, starter Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would get the final batter of the inning to pop out, sending the game to the fourth inning with the Bobcats trailing, 1-0.
After a scoreless top of the fifth inning for the Bobcats, Ohio State would get two runs in the bottom of the frame on a two RBI single, putting the Buckeyes up 3-0 going to the sixth inning.
The Bobcats would strike in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach on an error and sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would follow that up with a single to center. Then with one out, senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would come to the plate and crush a three-run shot over the right field wall, tying the game at 3-3 going to the bottom of the sixth inning.
Ohio State would get a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a throwing error that but the Buckeyes up 4-3 going into the top of the seventh inning.
The Bobcats would attempt to mount a rally in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would lead the inning off with a single up the middle. Freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.) would be thrown out trying to steal second. Then with one out, redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would double, putting a runner in scoring position. Senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would re-enter the game and move to third on a long fly out to right field. Holland would then draw a walk, putting runners on first and third with two outs. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to get Cole home, with the Bobcats falling, 4-3.
Overall, Ohio scored three runs on five hits and committed two errors, while Ohio State scored four runs on seven hits and committed one error.
Individually, Day went 1-for-three with a homerun, run scored and three RBI. Dorsey added a double, while Yun registered a hit with a run scored. Spacek registered a hit while Brunswick also recorded a double.
In the circle, McCrady pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walked five and struck out one. Junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) pitched one inning, allowing one unearned run on two hits.
Up next, the Bobcats have about 10 days off before returning to action April 26-27 to take on Mid-American Conference foe Miami. The Bobcats and the RedHawks will face off at 3 p.m. on Friday, before concluding the series with a doubleheader on Saturday set to start at 1 p.m.