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Ohio Softball Storms Back, Downs James Madison in Nine Innings, 9-7

Ohio Softball Storms Back, Downs James Madison in Nine Innings, 9-7

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HARRIONSBURG, Va. – Down five runs in the sixth inning, the Ohio softball team (10-12) would storm back, scoring seven unanswered runs to defeat James Madison (19-6), 9-7 in nine innings, in the second day of the JMU Invitational. Katie Yun and Michaela Dorsey would lead the way for Ohio, both registering three hits, two RBI and a homerun each in the victory.

Ohio opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. With one out, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) singled to left field. She then moved to second when Yun (North Canton, Ohio) singled to short. Day would then move to third on a foul out, putting runners on first and third with two outs. Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would then single to center, scoring Day and moving Yun to third with two outs. The Bobcats would be unable to get another run across, but would take a 1-0 lead to the bottom of the frame.

In the bottom of the frame, JMU would try and get a run back. With one out, two JMU batters would be walked back-to-back, putting runners on first and second with one out. However, starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would strike out the next two batters, sending the game to second inning with Ohio leading 1-0.

After a second inning that saw both teams go down in order, in the top of the third, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would reach first on a throwing error. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get another run across, and the Bobcats would go to the bottom of the third with a 1-0 lead.  

JMU would get on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Madison Naujokas drew a lead-off walk. She then scored on a one-out double from Cambry Arnold. Arnold would then move to third on a single through the left side from Odicci Alexander, putting runners on first and third with one out. JMU would then take the lead after a one-out three-run homerun from Gordon, sending the game to the fourth inning with JMU leading 4-1.

The Bobcats would try and respond in the top of the fourth when Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) led the inning off with a double to left center. Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would then draw a walk, followed by MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would also draw a walk, loading the bases with one out. However, after a JMU pitching change, James Madison would get the next two Bobcat batters out, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with Ohio trailing 4-1.

James Madison would add on another run in the bottom of the fourth inning after a two-out RBI single from Morgan Tolle, putting JMU up 5-1 going into the fifth inning.

Ohio would get a run back in the top of the fifth inning when Yun crushed a two-out solo homerun to left center, cutting the JMU lead to 5-2 going to the bottom of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, JMU would get a run on a sacrifice fly, taking a 7-2 lead going into the sixth.

Ohio would come storming back in the top of the sixth inning. Dorsey would lead off the inning with a home run to center. Geno would then draw a walk and would be replaced on the bases with Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.). Brunswick would then move Holland to second with a single to left field. Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would load the bases with an infield single. Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) would then drive home Holland and Brunswick with an RBI single to left center, cutting the JMU lead to 7-5.

The Bobcats weren't done yet. Englant and Villanueva would move up a base on a fly out, putting runners on second and third with one out. Day would then smash a single up the middle, scoring Englant and Villanueva, tying the game. JMU would then get the next Bobcat batter to hit into a double play, but the Bobcats would send the game to the bottom of the sixth with the game tied at 7-7.

After the Bobcats sent JMU down in order in the bottom of the sixth, the Bobcats would try and add a run in the top of the seventh. With one out, Dorsey would single. Unfortunately, the next batter would hit into a double play, ending the inning and sending the game to the bottom of the seventh with the game tied at 7-7.

After JMU would not score in the bottom of the seventh, the game would go to the eighth inning tied at 7-7. Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would be placed on second. Brunswick would then reach first on an error. Then with one out the runners would move up a base on a ground out. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to score, sending the game to the bottom of the either.

JMU would get a runner on third in the bottom of the frame, but Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the next two batters to strikeout, ending the inning with the game tied at 7-7.

Ohio would take the lead in the top of the ninth inning. Cooper would be placed on second. She then moved to third on a ground out. Then with one out, Yun would double through the left side, scoring Cooper. The next batter, Alvarez, would then also single to left field, scoring Yun from second. The JMU defense would get the next two outs, but the Bobcats would take the 9-7 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.

On the bottom of the ninth inning, JMU would have runners on first and third with two outs and the Ohio defense would get the final batter to fly out, ending the game and giving Ohio the 9-7 victory.

At the plate, Ohio scored nine runs on 13 hits. Dorsey and Yun both went 3-for-5 with a homerun and two RBI. Yun also added a double on her day. Day and Alvarez went 2-for-5 with an RBI each, while Villanueva added a hit with two RBI. Brunswick and Englant both also registered hits for the Bobcats.

In the circle, McCrady would get the start, pitching 3.0 innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out four. Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) would pitch 1.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out one. Stiene would enter the game and pitch the final 4.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out seven to earn the win.

The Bobcats wrap up play at the 2018 JMU Invitational on Sunday, March 18 when Ohio takes on Stony Brook. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m.

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