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Ohio Softball's Season Falls Short of Back-to-Back MAC Titles

Ohio Softball's Season Falls Short of Back-to-Back MAC Titles

Game One PDF Boxscore | Game Two PDF Boxscore

AKRON, Ohio– Despite a 5-0 lead in game one, the No. 3 Ohio softball team (34-21) was unable to overcome three errors late in the first game and five errors in game two, falling to No. 7 Toledo (29-26), 6-5 in game one and 9-2 in game two in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon (May 11), inside Firestone Stadium.  After the game, Freshman Charlee Pond and senior Alex Day were named to the 2019 MAC All-Tournament Team. 

GAME ONE: Toledo 6, Ohio 5
After a one-two-three inning from Toledo in the top of the first, Ohio would strike in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) led the game off with a walk and would move to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) Back-to-back pitches would allow Englant to score, putting Ohio up 1-0. Ohio tried to add on with Seniors Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio), Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) and Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) all drawing walks to load the bases. However, the Toledo defense would get a double play to end the threat, sending the game to the second inning with Ohio leading, 1-0. 

Toledo would try and threaten in the top of the second inning with a leadoff walk. However, the next batter would hit into a double play and then starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would strike out the final batter of the innings, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading, 1-0. 

Ohio would try to add on in the bottom of the second inning when with one out, freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would draw a walk. She would move to second on a ground out, however, the Bobcats would be unable to add on, sending the game to the third inning with Ohio leading, 1-0. 

Ohio would get another baserunner in the top of the third thanks to a two-out hit by a pitch. However, Yun would track down a popup in foul territory to end the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio still leading, 1-0. 

Ohio would get another baserunner in the bottom of the third inning when Geno was hit by a pitch. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the top of the fourth with the Bobcats still leading, 1-0. 

Ohio would get another runner on in the bottom of the fourth inning when freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) led the inning off being hit by a pitch. However, the Bobcats would be unable to add on, ending the inning with Ohio still leading, 1-0. 

Toledo would threaten in the top of the fifth inning, starting off with a leadoff single. They would then get two runners on with one out via a walk, however Ohio would retire the next two batters, sending the game to the bottom of the fifth with the Bobcats still leading, 1-0. 

The Bobcats would add on in the bottom of the fifth inning. Englant would lead off with a double to center and then move to third on a single by Yun. Yun would move to second on the play because no one was covering second. Day would then drive a ball to deep right field, allowing Englant to score from third, putting Ohio up 2-0. 

Ohio was not done. With one out, Geno would draw her second walk of the game, bringing up Alvarez who would crush a double down the leftfield line, scoring Yun and freshman Justice Ruggles (Grass Lake, Mich.), who was pinch running for Geno. Freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.) would enter to run for Alvarez, and then score when Pond reached on an error. The Bobcats would be unable to score Pond, but would take a 5-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning. 

Toledo would get on the board in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Kaitlyn Bergman would hit a two-run homerun to get the Rockets on the board. Still with two outs, Toledo would add one more run on an RBI single, however the Ohio defense would finish the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth inning with Ohio leading, 5-3. 

Ohio would try to add on in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would draw a walk to lead off the inning. Then with two outs, Day would draw her second walk of the day, putting runners on first and second. However, the Bobcats would be unable to score, sending the game to the top of the seventh with a 5-3 lead. 

Toledo would rally back in the top of the seventh inning. The Rockets would load the bases with no outs thanks to two Bobcat errors. Then with one out, McCrady would walk in two runs before Toledo would score on a sacrifice fly to give Toledo a 6-5 lead going to the bottom of the seventh inning. 

The Bobcats would try to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Pond would double to center, however Ohio would be unable to score, giving Toledo the 6-5 win. 

Ohio scored five runs on four hits and committed three errors, while Toledo scored six runs on five hits while committing one error. 

Englant added a double and two runs scores, while Yun added a hit and a run scored. Alvarez recorded a double with and RBI, while Pond also recorded a hit with one RBI. 

In the circle, McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing six runs, three earned, on five hits, while walking five and striking out two. 

GAME TWO:Toledo 9, Ohio 2
Ohio would strike in the top of the first inning. With one out, Yun would be hit by a pitch and then move to third when Day reached second on a single and an outfield error. Alvarez would come in clutch with an RBI single to shallow left center, giving Ohio a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. 

Toledo would get a runner on in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Toledo would double off the left center wall. However, a McCrady strikeout and a ground out would end the threat with Ohio leading, 1-0.

Toledo threatened in the bottom of the third inning, putting runners on the corners with one out. However, a ground out and a fly out would end the threat, sending the game to the top of the fourth inning with Ohio leading, 1-0. 

Ohio would get a runner on in the top of the fourth inning with a leadoff single from Alvarez. Ruggles would enter the game to run for her and she would move to second on a sacrifice bunt from Pond. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio leading, 1-0. 

Toledo would take a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on six hits and were helped by two Ohio errors. 

Ohio would get a run back in the top of the fifth inning. Holland would lead off the inning with a single. She would then score on a two-out RBI double down the right field line from Day, cutting the Toledo lead to 5-2. 

Unfortunately, Toledo would add on in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four more runs to take a 9-2 lead going into the sixth inning. 

The Bobcats would threaten in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Holland and Englant would reach on back-to-back singles, before Day would draw a two-out walk to load the bases. However, the Bobcats would be unable to extend the game, falling by the final of 9-2. 

Ohio scored two runs on eight hits and did not commit an error, while Toledo scored nine runs on 12 hits and committed one error. 

Alvarez went 3-for-3 with one RBI, while Day went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Englant added a hit, while Holland added two and a run scored. 

In the circle, McCrady pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits and struck out two, while junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) went 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walked one and struck out one. 

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