ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team (25-13, 13-1 MAC) continued Mid-American Play on Saturday by completing the sweep of the three-game series with Akron (2-34-1, 1-14 MAC). The Bobcats offense came alive again and capped the game off with an eight-run third inning to help down the Zips 12-0 in five innings.
"I was a lot more proud of this win today because I felt like it was a bigger team win than it was yesterday," head coach Jodi Hermanek said. "That's what we challenged each other for today: to come out and be better with our intent and our energy and our intensity and come out and get a better team win today and I thought we delivered."
Akron's Cassie Gillespie became the first runner of the game, drawing a walk from senior Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio). She advanced to second on a passed ball, but could not cross the plate before Stiene struck out the final batter of the inning.
Senior Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) started the bottom of the first with a homerun over the left center field fence. Junior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) quickly followed with another solo shot, this time to right field. Akron responded with a pitching change, bringing in Kooper Vertz after only two Ohio batters.
With freshman Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) and redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) on base, junior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) hit a groundball to shortstop. The Zips' Sydney Jascoe fumbled, allowing Geno to reach second and scoring Yun and Dorsey, bringing the score to 4-0 after the first inning of play.
Kimberly Rodriguez led off the second inning for the Zips, reaching first after getting hit by a pitch. Rodriguez was thrown out at second, but Maddy Clowdus reached second after Stiene hit Jordan Crews. Madison Carter struck out swinging, sending the game into the bottom of the second with Ohio leading 4-0.
After a stranding the Zips' Jascoe on first in the top of the third inning, the Bobcats stepped up to the plate and put on a show in the bottom of the frame. Geno smacked a single to center field, ultimately scoring Dorsey, who walked earlier, and leaving Geno on third. Junior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) hit her first triple of the season, scoring Geno and forcing Akron to substitute pitcher Shaye DeLeonardis for Vertz, with Ohio leading 6-0.
Freshman Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach via a walk and then redshirt senior Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) snagged both a single and an RBI when she scored Brunswick, extending the Bobcat's lead to 7-0. Yun smoked a three-run homerun to left field with two outs, bringing the score to 10-0 with two outs in the bottom of the third.
However, the Bobcats' weren't done yet. Junior Deana Cole would reach first on a single and then sophomore Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) roped a line drive RBI double, scoring Dorsey and junior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) and advancing Cole to third. The Zips' Kayla Kmett returned to the circle to snag the final out of the third inning, however, the Bobcats would take a 12-0 lead entering the fourth inning.
"Hitting is a contagious thing, especially with our team," Dorsey said. "One person gets on and we just make it our job to move everyone around. Our team is really great about that."
The Zips held the Bobcats in the bottom of the fourth, and Stiene had a one-two-three inning in the top of the fifth to end the game at 12-0.
At the plate, Ohio scored 12 runs on 11 hits. Yun lead the way with a 2-for-3 day including one homerun and three RBI. Cooper and Day both hit a solo homerun apiece, going one-for-three and one-for-four respectively. Dorsey had a 2-for-2 day and both Geno and Holland had a two-RBI game.
In the circle, Stiene pitched her 13thcomplete game of the season. In five innings, she struck out five, walked one and gave up one hit.
This Tuesday, the Bobcats travel to Columbus, Ohio to face off against Ohio State for a mid-week doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Then on Friday, Ohio will head to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami. The first game is at 3 p.m. on Friday and a double-header on Saturday is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.