ATHENS, Ohio –The Ohio softball team (32-14, 18-2 MAC) wrapped up the home portion of their schedule today, sweeping Buffalo (15-29, 6-14 MAC) in a doubleheader, 17-0 in five innings and 8-0 in five innings. The wins today completed the three-game sweep of the Bulls. Prior to the game, the Bobcats honored seniors Haley Adams, Taylor Saxton, Mikayla Cooper and Danielle Stiene for all they have given to Ohio Softball.
GAME ONE: Ohio 17, Buffalo 0
After starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) sent the Bulls down in order, the Bobcats' bats came out with a roar in the bottom of the frame. Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) led the inning off with a single up the middle and then moved to second when Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) walked. Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would then come to the plate and destroy the ball over the roof of the batting cages in leftfield. Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would then come to the plate and hit a homerun of her own to left center, putting Ohio up 4-0.
The Bobcats weren't done. With one out, Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) drew a walk and then moved to second on a single from MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio). Ohio would load the bases when Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) registered a single of her own. Senior Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would then come to the plate and crush a two-RBI single up the middle, making the score 6-0 with one out.
The Bobcats continued to add on in the bottom of the first. Cooper would then register her second hit of the inning, a two-RBI double to leftfield, scoring Englant and Saxton. Cooper would then move to third on an error and then score on a passed ball, giving the Bobcats a 9-0 lead at the end of the first inning. In all, the Bobcats scored nine runs on seven hits and saw 14 batters come to the plate.
Buffalo got their first hit of the game in the top of the second inning. Danielle Lallos led the inning off with a single to shallow left center. However, the Bobcats would get the next three batters out, sending the game to the bottom of the second with the Bobcats up 9-0.
Ohio added on in the bottom of the second. Yun led off with a double and would then score when Brunswick reached and scored on two errors from the Buffalo defense, giving Ohio a 11-0 lead after two innings.
Buffalo got two runners on in the top of the third inning when Taylor Scott walked and Ufuoma Ogagan was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. However, McCrady would strike out the next three batters, sending the game to the bottom of the third with Ohio leading 11-0.
Ohio added on in the bottom of the third inning when Yun walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. Then with two outs, pinch hitter Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) hit her first Division I homerun to give Ohio a 13-0 lead after three.
Ohio added on in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Saxton reached on an infield single and then moved to second when Cooper reached on a fielder's choice and then Ohio loaded the bases when Day reached on an error. Saxton scored when Geno drew a bases loaded walk. Brooke Rice (Mason, Ohio) reached on two-RBI single and then Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) reached on a single of her own. At the end of the inning, the Bobcats put up four runs to take a 17-0 lead after four.
McCrady would retire the Bulls in order in the top of the fifth inning to end the inning and give the Bobcats the 17-0 win.
At the plate, Ohio scored 17 runs on 13 hits. Cooper went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. Geno went 1-for-1 with a homerun, four RBI and three runs scored. Saxton went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Alvarez recorded a homerun, while Rice, Holland, Yun, and Englant all recorded hits for Ohio.
In the circle, McCrady pitched five innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out 11.
GAME TWO: Ohio 8, Buffalo 0
Buffalo would get two runners on in the bottom of the first inning when Leandra Jew led off with a walk. She then moved to second when Jenelle Martinez singled up the middle. However, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) struck out the next two batters and the game would go to the bottom of the first with the game scoreless.
Ohio struck in the bottom of the inning. Cooper led off with a walk and then scored on a one-out RBI single from Geno, putting Ohio up 1-0 after one.
After two quick defensive innings for the Bobcats, Ohio added on in the bottom of the third. Saxton led off with an infield bunt single. She then stole second and moved to third in a single from Cooper. Saxton then scored on an RBI single from Day that then moved Cooper to third. Geno then doubled to center, scoring Cooper and putting runners on third and second with no outs.
Day then scored when Alvarez reached on an error. Alvarez and Geno moved up a base on a ground out, keeping runners in scoring position with one out. Then with two outs, Geno would score on an RBI single from Brunswick, giving Ohio a 5-0 lead going to the fourth inning.
Buffalo got two baserunners on in the top of the fourth inning when Martinez led off with a single to center. She then moved to second on a ground out. Alissa Kajel then drew a walk, putting runners on first and second. However, Stiene would get the next batter to strikeout looking, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading 5-0.
Ohio added on in the bottom of the fourth inning. Saxton led off with a triple to right center. She then scored with one out on an RBI single from Day, giving the Bobcats a 6-0 lead after four.
After Stiene sent the Bulls down in order in the top of the fifth. Ohio wrapped up the game in the bottom of the fifth innings. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) led off with a double down the left field line. Yun then drew a walk, putting runners on first and second with one out. Englant than singled home Dorsey. Still with one out, Saxton drove in Yun from third on a fielder's choice, sealing the 8-0 victory for Ohio.
At the plate, Ohio scored eight runs on 10 hits. Saxton went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored. Day went 2-for-3 with two-RBI and one run, as did Geno. Cooper added a hit and two runs scored, while Dorsey recorded a double and Brunswick and Englant both had hits as well.
In the circle, Stiene stayed perfect in MAC play, pitching five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out 11.
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season May 4-5 when they head to Bowling Green for a a three-game series with the Falcons.