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Meeks, McCrady Lead Ohio Softball To Sweep of Buffalo

Meeks, McCrady Lead Ohio Softball To Sweep of Buffalo

Game One PDF Boxscore | Game Two PDF Boxscore

BUFFALO, N.Y. –In the final games of the regular season, pitchers Madi McCrady and Kendall Meeks combined to allow one run over 14 innings, helping Ohio softball (31-19, 12-8 MAC) complete the season sweep of Buffalo (10-32-1, 6-10-1) Saturday afternoon (May 4). The Bobcats took game one by the final of 3-1 and the second game, 4-0. This is the fourth-straight season that the Bobcats have won atleast 30 games. Also, with her 74th hit of the season, sophomore Katie Yun became the all-time single season hits leader. 

GAME ONE: Ohio 3, Buffalo 1
After a quick first inning from both teams, Ohio would strike in the top of the second. Senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would lead the inning off with a homerun to left center. Then with one out, freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) would reach on a triple off the right field wall. Senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would then get Pond home on a sacrifice fly to deep left field, giving Ohio a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning. 

Buffalo would get their first baserunner in the bottom of the second inning on a two-our ground rule double. However, starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would get the final batter of the inning to ground out, keeping the Bobcats lead at 2-0 going into the third inning. 

The Bobcats would add on in the top of the fourth inning. Senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would reach on an error and them move to second when Geno drew a walk. Freshman Justice Ruggles (Grass Lake, Mich.) would then enter the game to run for Geno. Then with one out, Pond would crush a triple to right center, scoring Day, however Ruggles would be out at home trying to score. The Bulls would retire the final batter of the inning, but the Bobcats' would extend their lead to 3-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Buffalo would get a runner on in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Bulls got a runner on due to a walk. However, McCrady would get the final batter of the inning to strikeout looking, sending the game to the fifth with Ohio leading, 3-0. 

Ohio would try to add on in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach second on an error. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the fifth inning with Ohio still leading, 3-0. 

Buffalo would threaten in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, the Bulls would get a homerun to centerfield. Then with two outs, UB would get runners on first and second with a walk and a single through the left side. However, the Bobcats would get the final batter of the inning to ground out, helping the Bobcats hold on to their 3-1 lead. 

Ohio would threaten to get the run back in the top of the seventh inning when with one out, Brunswick would reach on a single through the left side. Redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would then reach on a fielder's choice. However, the Bobcats would be unable to scratch the run across, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio still leading, 3-1. 

UB would threaten in the bottom of the seventh inning getting the leadoff batter on via a walk. However, the Bobcats' defense would get the next out and then turn a double play to end the game, securing the 3-1 victory.

At the plate, Ohio scored three runs on four hits and committed one error, while Buffalo scored one run on three hits and committed two errors. 

Individually, Pond went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, RBI and run scored, while Geno added a homerun, while Brunswick also recorded a hit. Day recorded a run scored for the Bobcats, while Brunswick also added an RBI. 

In the circle, McCrady picked up where she left off on Friday, pitching seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, walked three and struck out six batters. 

GAME TWO: Ohio 4, Buffalo 0
After a quick inning for the Bobcats in the top of the inning, UB would get runners on in the top of the first inning. With one out, the Bulls would get runners on via a walk and a hit, putting runners on first and second, However, the Bobcats' defense would get the next two batters to ground out, sending the game to the second inning with it still tied at 0-0. 

The Bobcats would strike in the top of the second inning. Just as she did in game one, Geno would crush a leadoff homerun, this one to right field, putting Ohio up 1-0. With two outs, Brunswick would reach on a single through the left side, however, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the second inning with Ohio leading 1-0. 

After a scoreless bottom of the second for UB, Ohio would add on in the top of the third inning. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would reach on an error. Then with two outs, she would score on an RBI double down the left field line from Day. The Bulls would then intentionally walk Geno, putting runners on first and second, however, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the third with Ohio leading 2-0. 

After UB left a runner on first in the bottom of the third, Ohio would attempt to add on in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Brunswick would record her second base hit of the game. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio still leading, 2-0. 

After Ohio send UB down in order in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio would add on in the top of the fifth inning. Englant would reach first in a single up the middle and then move to third on a single from sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton Ohio). Senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would then enter the game for Englant and then score on a ground out. With one out, Geno would be intentionally walked again and then Pond would reach after she was hit by a pitch. Yun would then score on a ground out. Ohio would be unable to get another run across; however, the Bobcats would extend their lead to 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. 

After a scoreless inning from Ohio in the top of the sixth inning, UB would try to get on the board in the bottom of the frame, getting a runner on. However, the Ohio defense would hold strong, sending the game to the top of the seventh with Ohio leading, 4-0. 

The Bobcats would send the Bulls down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning, securing the 4-0 victory for the Bobcats. 

Ohio scored four runs on six hits and committed one error, while Buffalo scored no runs on four hits and committed one error. 

Individually, Brunswick recorded two hits, while Geno added a homerun, with Day adding a double and an RBI, while Englant and Yun also recorded hits for the Bobcats. 

In the circle, junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) was solid, pitching a complete game shutout, going all seven innings and not allowing a run on three hits, while walking one and striking out six. 

Up next, the Bobcats will head to the 2019 Mid-American Conference Tournament that begins on Wednesday, May 8. Stay tuned to find out who and when the Bobcats will play. 

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