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Ohio Softball Concludes Thrilling Day at Duke/N.C. State Invitational with Three Wins

Ohio Softball Concludes Thrilling Day at Duke/N.C. State Invitational with Three Wins

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RALEIGH, N.C. –In a day that saw the Ohio softball team (11-6) rally from five runs down in the top of the seventh, to a thrilling extra inning victory and a walk-off victory in a resumed game, the Bobcats wrapped up a successful day at the 2019 Duke/N.C. State Invitational on Saturday (March 2). The Bobcats defeated Campbell, 9-6 in comeback fashion in game one, defeated Charleston Southern, 4-3 in eight innings, and a walk off homerun from Morgan Geno gave the Bobcats a 5-4 victory over Mississippi State.  

GAME ONE: Ohio 9, Campbell 6
The Bobcats would threaten in the top of the first inning, when sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) singled, extending her hitting streak to 15 games. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with it still scoreless. Campbell would strike first in the bottom of the frame, taking a 3-0 lead to the second innings.

After the Bobcats would strand a runner in the top of the second, Campbell would add on in the bottom of the frame, taking a 4-0 lead on a solo homerun. 

After a scoreless third and fourth innings from both teams, Campbell would add on another run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single, giving the Camels a 6-0 lead. 

The Bobcats would finally get on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Yun hit a two-out solo homerun to left field. Seniors Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) and senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would both draw walks, putting runners on first and second with one out. However, the Bobcats would be unable to push another run across, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio trailing 6-1. 

After the Bobcats sent Campbell down in order in the bottom of the sixth, the Bobcats would try to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would hit her first homerun of the season, a shot to centerfield. Redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would reach first on a throwing error. Freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.) would then enter the game to run for Dorsey and then move to second on a passed ball. After senior Deanna Cole (Akron. Ohio) drew a walk, sophomore Allie Englant would single to right to load the bases with one out. 

Yun would then record her third hit of the day, a single to short that scored Hargrave. Alverez would then single down the left field line, scoring Englant and Cole and cutting the Campbell lead to 6-5. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would then enter the game to run for Alveraz. Then with two outs, freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) would single to left, allowing Yun to score on a throwing to tie the score at 6-6. 

Still with two outs, freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would double to left center, scoring Holland and Pond, and allowing Spacek to score on a throwing error, putting Ohio up 9-6. Day would then record her second hit of the inning, a single through the right side. Day would then steal second. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get another run across, going to the bottom of the frame with the 9-6 lead. 

Campbell would be unable to mount a comeback of their own in the bottom of the seventh inning, helping Ohio seal the 9-6 victory. 

Overall, Ohio scored nine runs on nine hits and committed one error, while Campbell scored six runs on nine hits and committed three errors. 

Leading Ohio was Yun who went 3-of-4 with two runs, a homerun and three RBI, while Day went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a homerun and an RBI. Spacek added a double, a run scored and two RBI, while Pond also added a hit, run scored and an RBI. Englant recorded a hit, while Alverez registered a single and two RBI. 

In the circle, freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) got the start, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out four. Junior Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit, walked three and struck out one. Sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) picked up the save, pitching one inning, allowing no runs and no hits and struck out two. 

GAME TWO: Ohio 4, Charleston Southern 3 (8 innings)
The Bobcats would get on the board first in the top of the first inning. Yun would single with one out to extend her hitting streak to 16 games. Alverez would then reach on a fielder's choice, forcing Yun out at second. Geno would then draw a walk, bringing up Pond, who would single to center to load the bases. Spacek would then single through the left side, scoring Alverez. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get another run across, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading 1-0. 

Charleston Southern would get the run back in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun, tying the game at 1-1 going into the second inning. 

After a scoreless second and third innings from both teams, Ohio would try to take back the lead in the top of the fourth inning, Pond would reach first on a lead-off single. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with it still tied at 1-1. 

Ohio would threaten in the top of the sixth inning. Alvarez led the inning off with a single up the middle. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would then enter the game to run for her. Brunswick would be out at second when Pond reached first on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Spacek would single to the left side, putting runners on first and second. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth inning with the game tied at 1-1. 

After a scoreless bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, Charleston Southern would threaten in the bottom of the seventh, with them getting runners on second and third with two outs. However, the Ohio defense would hold strong, sending the game to the eighth inning with the game tied at 1-1-. 

Ohio would strike first in the top of the eighth inning. Englant would be placed on send due to the international tiebreaker. Then with one out, Geno would hit a homerun to center, putting Ohio up 3-1. Pond would then come to bat, hitting her own blast to center, giving Ohio a 4-1 lead going to the bottom of the frame. 

Charleston Southern would threaten to rally in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out two-RBI single that would cut the Ohio lead to 4-3. However, the Bobcat defense would get the final batter to pop out, ending the game and giving Ohio the 4-3 victory. 

Overall, Ohio scored four runs on eight hits and did not commit and error, while Charleston Southern scored three runs on seven hits and did not commit an error. 

Pond finished the day going 3-for-4 with a homerun, run scored and one RBI. Spacek went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Geno went 1-for-3 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored. Yun finished the game with one hit, also did Alverez, who also scored a run. 

In the circle McCrady pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out eight. 

Ohio vs. Mississippi State Game Resumption (Ohio wins 5-4)

Later Saturday evening, the Bobcats and Mississippi State picked up where the game was postponed on Friday, in the bottom of the fifth with Ohio at bat, trailing 3-2. For a refresher on what happened to get to that point, click here.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would draw a walk and then move to second on a sacrifice bunt from Yun. With two outs, she would move to third on a wild pitch, however, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the sixth inning with Ohio trailing, 3-2. 

Mississippi State would get a run in the top of the sixth inning off of an RBI double, taking a 4-2 lead going to the bottom of the frame. 

The Bobcats would respond in the bottom of the sixth inning when Pond led off with a homerun to left field, cutting the Bulldog's lead to 4-3. Spacek would then draw a walk. Then with two outs, Cole would draw walk, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Both runners would advance on a wild pitch, but the offense would be unable to get another run around, sending the game to the seventh with Ohio trailing, 4-3. 

After a scoreless inning from the Bulldogs in the top of the seventh, the Bobcats would come back in the bottom of the frame with their rally caps on once again. Yun would lead the inning off with a double to left center. Then with one out, Geno would get a hold of the ball and send it over the center field wall, for the walk off, 5-4 victory. 

Overall, Ohio scored five runs on eight hits and did not commit an error, while Mississippi State scored four runs on seven hits and did not commit an error. 

Pond finished the game going 2-for-3 with one homerun, one RBI and two runs scored, while Yun finished with the game, 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Geno finished the day with a homerun, one run scored and three RBI, while Dorsey and Alvarez both finished with hits for Ohio. 

In the circle, McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walked five and struck out four in the win. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats wrap up play at the 2019 Duke/N.C. State Invitational when the Bobcats take on Duke on Sunday, March 3. First pitch is set for 8 a.m. 

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