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Ohio Softball Splits Marathon Doubleheader with Miami

Ohio Softball Splits Marathon Doubleheader with Miami

 Game One PDF Boxscore | Game Two PDF Boxscore

OXFORD, Ohio –The Ohio softball team (28-14, 15-2 MAC) continued Mid-American Conference play, splitting a marathon doubleheader with Miami (20-21, 7-10 MAC) on Saturday at the Miami Softball Stadium. The Bobcats won the first game of the doubleheader, 1-0 in 11 innings and then dropped the second game of the twin bill, 5-3 in the 12thinnings. With the win, the Bobcats won the season series with the RedHawks. 

GAME ONE: Ohio 1, Miami 0 (11 Innings)
The Bobcats would get a runner on in the top of the first inning. Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) led the game off with a walk and then moved to second on a fly out. However, the Miami defense would get the next two outs and send the game to the bottom of the first with the game scoreless. 

Miami would get the first hit of the game in the bottom of the frame when Ashton Slone reached on a two-out double to center. However, the Bobcats would get the next batter to pop out to send the inning, sending the game to the second still scoreless. 

The Bobcats threatened in the top of the second inning. With one out, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would draw a walk. She would then move to second when MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) singled to left field. Geno would be erased from the bases when Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would draw a walk to load the bases. Unfortunately, the Miami defense would get the final out of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the frame still scoreless. 

Miami would get another baserunner in the bottom of the second on a two-out single from Rylee Whispel. However, the Bobcats would get the final out of the inning to send the game to the third still scoreless. 

Ohio would get another baserunner on in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach on a double off the centerfield wall. However, the Miami defense would register the final out of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the third with it still scoreless. 

After Miami registered a scoreless inning in the bottom of the third, Ohio threatened again in the top of the fourth. Geno would lead the inning off with a double to rightfield. She would be replaced on the bases by Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.). Holland would then move to on a fly out, putting a runner on third with one out. Englant would then hit into a fielder's choice, and unfortunately, Holland would be out at home. Later in the inning, Englant would steal second, however the Miami defense would once again get out of the jam, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with the game still scoreless.

After Miami went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, Ohio would once again get another runner on in the top of the fifth inning. Cooper would reach first after getting hit by a pitch. She would then be out at second when Yun reached on a fielder's choice. However, with Yun on first and two outs, the Miami defense would get the final out of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with the game still tied at 0-0. 

After Miami went down in order in the bottom of the fifth, Ohio threatened again in the top of the sixth. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) led the inning off with a walk, and then would move to second when Geno singled to left center. Then with one out, both base runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt and then Saxton reached first on a walk. However, Miami would get the last out of the inning, getting out of the bases loaded jam and sending the game to the bottom of the inning still tied scoreless. 

Miami would get a baserunner on in the bottom of the sixth inning, when with two outs, Slone doubled to right center. However, starter Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the final batter to fly out to center, ending the inning and sending the game to the seventh inning with it still scoreless. 

Miami would get a runner on in the bottom of the seventh inning when Whispel drew a walk. However, Stiene would strikeout the final batter of the inning, sending the game to extra innings tied at 0-0. 

Miami threatened again in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs, Haeley Tran reached when she was hit by a pitch. She then moved when Slone drew a walk, putting runners on first and second. However, Stiene would get the next batter to fly out of the first pitch of her bat, ending the inning with the game still tied at 0-0. 

Ohio threatened in the top of the ninth when with one out, Saxton and Cooper drew back-to-back walks. Unfortunately, the Miami defense would be able to get the next two batters out, ending the inning with the game still scoreless. 

Miami would get runners on again in the bottom of the ninth inning, when with two outs, Whispel would single to the shortstop and then move to second when Morgan Lott drew a walk. However, the Ohio defense would get the last batter to fly out ending the inning with the game still tied at 0-0. 

The Bobcats would finally strike in the top of the 11thinning. Brunswick led the inning off with a single up the middle. She would then be out when Englant reached on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Cooper would crush a single to rightfield, scoring Englant and giving Ohio the lead. The Bobcats would try to add on when Day drew a walk, putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Miami would get the final out, sending the game to the bottom of the 11thwith Ohio leading 1-0. 

Miami would get a runner on in the bottom of the 11thwhen Johniann Wahl led the inning off with a single. The runner would be removed from the bases when Kat Lee hit into a fielder's choice. Stiene would the get the next batter to foul out and the final batter to strike out looking, ending the game and giving the Bobcats the 1-0 victory. 

At the plate, Ohio scored one run on six hits. Brunswick went 2-for-4 and Geno went 2-for-4 with a double. Cooper registered a hit and an RBI, while Alvarez recorded a double as well. 

In the circle, Stiene went the distance, pitching 11 innings, allowing no runs on six hits, walking three and striking out eight on her way to her 18thwin of the season and keeping her perfect in MAC play. 

GAME TWO: Miami 5, Ohio 3 (12 Innings) 
Miami would get the first runner of the game in the bottom of the first. Megan Wurts led the inning off with a basehit to center. She would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a ground out. However, starter Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) would get the last batter to ground out, ending the inning with the game still scoreless. 

Ohio took the lead in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Geno crushed her third homerun of the weekend to right center, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the second. 

The RedHawks would get a runner on in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Kaitlyn Gliha would reach on a hard chopper past third base. However, Meeks and the Ohio defense would get the next two batters out, sending the game to the third with Ohio leading 1-0. 

The Bobcats added on in the top of the third inning. Englant led the inning off with a single up the middle. She would then steal second and then score on an RBI double from Day to centerfield. Day would move to third when Yun singled and then a batter later, Day would score on an Alvarez RBI single, putting runners on first and second with two outs and forcing Miami to make a pitching change. The new RedHawks' pitcher would enter the game and get the last Bobcat batter out, but Ohio would take a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the third. 

Miami would get a run on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Mackenzie Moore led the inning off with an infield single. She would then move to second on a basehit from Wurts. Then with one out, Slone would single in Moore. But in the process, Wurts would be thrown out at third and then Slone would be caught in a rundown and tagged out, ending the inning with Ohio leading 3-1. 

Miami would get another run on the bottom of the fourth inning when with one out, Lee would hit a solo homerun to leftfield. They would try to add on when with two outs, Lizzie Bollinger would single and then advance to second when Lott reached on an error. However, Meeks would get the next batter to ground out on the next pitch, ending the inning and sending the game to the fifth with Ohio leading 3-2. 

Ohio would get a baserunner on in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Cooper would reach on an infield single. Unfortunately, Ohio would be unable to push the run across and would take a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Miami would threaten to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, a runner would reach on a Bobcats' fielding error. The runner would move to second when Wahl reached on a single up the middle, but the Ohio defense would get the final batter to fly out, ending the threat and sending the game to the top of the sixth with Ohio leading 3-2. 

Miami would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Bollinger would double to leftfield. She would then move to third with Whispel singled. Ohio would then make a pitching change, bringing Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio). Then, the first batter that McCrady faced, pinch hitter Kara Leckinger would reach on a single just over the short stops head, scoring Bollinger. Runners would move up on a ground out and then McCrady would get the final batter to strikeout, ending the inning with the game tied at 3-3.

Miami threatened to walk-off in the bottom of the seventh inning, when with one out, Wahl singled to center and then would reach third on an error, putting a runner on scoring potion with one out. However, McCrady would get the next batter to strike out and then Dorsey would make a diving play in right field to snag the final out of the inning, sending the game to the eighth inning with the game tied at 3-3. 

After McCrady struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth, Ohio threatened to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning. With two outs, Geno would draw a walk. Holland would then enter the game to run for her. Holland would move to second on a single from Brunswick. Englant would then draw a walk to load the bases, however, Miami would get the last batter to strikeout, ending the inning with the game tied at 3-3. 

Miami tried to end the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs, Slone reached first on an error. Then with a runner on, Englant would rob a homerun over the leftfield wall, ending the inning with the game still tied at 3-3. 

The Bobcats would get another runner on in the top of the 10thinning. With one out, Day would single and then move to second on a passed ball. However, the Miami defense would record the next two outs, sending the game to the bottom of the 10thwith the game still tied. 

After Miami went down in order in the bottom of the 10th, Ohio would come close to taking the lead in the top of the 11th. With two outs, Brunswcik would crush a double to the centerfield wall and then move to third on an error. Unfortunately, she would be unable to score and the game would go to the bottom of the frame still tied at 3-3.

Miami would end the game in the bottom of the 12thinning on a walk-off homerun by Lee to give the RedHawks the 5-3 win.  

At the plate, Ohio scored three runs on nine hits. Brunswick had two hits with a double, as did Day. Geno registered a homerun and Cooper, Yun, Alvarez and Englant all recorded hits for Ohio. 

In the circle, Meeks pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits and struck out two and did not walk a batter. McCrady pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Did not walk a batter and struck out 10. 

UP NEXT:
The Bobcats return to Athens for a mid-week matchup between the Bobcats and Marshall on Tuesday, April 24. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field. 

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