HARRISONBURG, Va. – Led by a four-hit day from Katie Yun, the Ohio softball team (11-12) wrapped up play at the 2018 JMU Invitational hosted by James Madison, defeating Stony Brook (7-10), 10-3, Sunday morning.
Ohio tried to strike first in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Yun (North Canton, Ohio) tripled to right center. However, the Bobcats would be unable to score and would go to the bottom of the inning with the game still scoreless.
Stony Brook would get on the board first. Jourdin Hering would lead the inning off with a single. Then with one out, Hering stole second. She would then score when with two outs, Irene Rivera doubled to right center, putting Stony Brook up 1-0 going to the second.
Ohio would try and get the run back in the top of the second inning. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) led off with a single to right center. MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would then draw a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs. With one out, Allie Englant (long Beach, Calif.) would single to center, however, on the play, Dorsey would be thrown out at home trying to score, but the throw to the plate would allow all runners to move up a base, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run across and would go to the bottom of the frame down 1-0.
After starting pitcher Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) sent Stony Brook down in order in the bottom of the second, the Bobcats tried to get a run in the top of the third. With two outs, Yun singled to second. She would then move to second when Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) reached first on an error. The Bobcats would then load the bases after Dorsey drew a walk, Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to score and would go to the bottom of the inning still down 1-0.
Stony Brook would add on in the bottom of the third when Taylor Pechin hit a two-run home run to left field, giving Stony Brook a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Ohio would battle in the top of the fourth, with one out, Englant would triple to right center. Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would then reach first on a bunt single, then move to second, putting runners on second and third with one out. The next batter, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would then place a single into right field, scoring Englant and Saxton. The Bobcats would be unable to add on and the game would go to the bottom of the frame with the Bobcats down 3-2.
After the Bobcats defense kept the Stony Brook offense off the board in the bottom of the fourth, the Bobcats would go back to work in the top of the fifth. Alvarez would hit a leadoff homerun to right center to tie the game up at 3-3. Dorsey would then draw a walk and then move to second with Brunswick singled to third. With one out, Englant would register her second triple of the game, scoring Brunswick and Dorsey and putting Ohio up 5-3.
The Bobcats would add on. Still with one out, Saxton would single. She would then steal second, causing a throwing error in the process. Englant would score and the error would move Saxton to third, still with one out. Cooper would then register a single, scoring Saxton. Still with one out, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would single, followed by a single by Yun, loading the bases. However, after a Stony Brooke pitching change, the Bobcats would be unable to score another run in the frame, but the Bobcats would go to the bottom of the fifth with a 7-3 lead.
After an uneventful sixth inning from both teams, the Bobcats would add on in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Day would single down the left field line. Yun would then come to the plate and crush a homerun to left center, putting Ohio up 9-3. Alvarez would then draw walk, Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would then enter the game to run for Alvarez. Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) would then enter the game to pinch hit and would single to the shortstop, putting runners on first and second. Brunswick would then single to left, scoring Holland, but a baserunner would be out on the play, ending the inning with the Bobcats leading 10-3.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bobcats would send Stony Brook down in order. Sending the Bobcats home with the 10-3 victory.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored 10 runs on 18 hits and were led by Yun who went 4-for-5 with one run scored, a triple, homerun and two RBI. Englant went 3-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored. Cooper added two hits and three RBI and Brunswick also added two hits with an RBI and a run scored. Day added two hits and a run scored, while Alvarez registered a homerun and Dorsey and Villanueva both registered a hit as well.
In the circle, Stiene picked up her eighth win of the season, pitching seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out 12. She also returned the last 11 batters that she faced.
Up next, the Bobcats will return to Athens for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday, March 21 when the Bobcats take on Dayton. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field.