OXFORD, Ohio– Led by Morgan Geno's two homerun and four RBI day, the Ohio softball team (27-13, 14-1 MAC) picked up another Mid-American Conference victory on Friday (April 20), defeating MAC East foe Miami (19-20, 6-9 MAC), 10-4 at the Miami Softball Stadium.
Ohio would get the first hit of the game in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would reach first on a single to shallow left center. However, she would be unable to score and the Bobcats would go to the bottom of the frame with the game scoreless.
Miami would get a runner on in the bottom of the first inning when Megan Wurts would lead the inning off after being hit by a pitch. She would move to second on a fly out, however, the Ohio defense would get the final two batters out, stranding her on second and sending the game to the second scoreless.
Ohio struck first in the top of the second inning. With one out, Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) crushed her fourth homerun of the season over the left center wall, giving Ohio the 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the second.
After starter Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) struck out the side in the bottom of the second, the Bobcats' offense game alive in the top of the third. Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) led the inning off with a base hit to center. She then moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single from Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio).
With Ohio leading 2-0, Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would draw a walk, placing runners on first and second with no outs. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would then come to the plate and demolish her sixth homerun of the season over the left field wall, giving Ohio a 5-0 lead going to the bottom of the third.
After Stiene sent the RedHawks down in order in the bottom of the third, Ohio would get a runner on in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would reach on an infield single with one out. However, the Miami defense would get the next batter out and catch Saxton stealing to end the inning with Ohio leading 5-0.
Miami threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning. Haeley Tran led the inning off with a single to left field. She was then erased from the bases when Ashton Slone reached on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Kat Lee would reach on an error, moving Slone to third, putting runners on first and third with two outs. Stiene would then get the final batter of the inning to strike out looking, ending the threat and sending the game to the top of the fifth with Ohio leading 5-0.
Ohio would get another runner on in the top of the fifth inning. Day led the inning off by drawing a walk. She would then be erased on the bases when Yun reached on a fielder's choice. However, the RedHawks defense would get the final two batters on the inning out, sending the game to the bottom of the fifth with Ohio leading 5-0.
Miami would get a baserunner in the bottom of the fifth inning when Lizzie Bollinger led the inning off a double off the right center wall. However, Stiene and the Ohio offense would retire the next three batters, sending the game to the sixth inning with Ohio leading 5-0.
Ohio added on in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would be hit by a pitch. She then moved to second when Englant reached on an error, and then Brunswick would score when Saxton reached first on another fielding error from Miami. Cooper would then draw a one-out walk to load the bases. Then with two outs, Yun would rocket a bases-loaded single through the right side, scoring Englant from third, however Saxton would be thrown out at home trying to score to end the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth with Ohio leading 7-0.
Miami would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when with one out, Lee would hit a three-run homerun to right center. Then with two outs, Miami would get another runner on in the inning, but Stiene would get the next batter to popup, ending the inning with Ohio going to the seventh with the 7-3 lead.
Ohio would get those runs back in the top of the seventh inning. Alvarez and Dorsey would open the inning with back-to-back walks, bringing Geno to the plate. Geno would then crush her second homerun of the game, this one off the light pole in rightfield, putting Ohio up 10-3 with no outs. Ohio would try to add on when Englant reached on a one out single up the rightfield line. Then with two outs, Cooper would draw a walk, however Miami would get the final batter of the inning to pop out, sending the game to the bottom of the seventh leading 10-3.
Miami would add a run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Mackenzie Moore scored on a ground out. However, the Ohio defense would get the next batter to pop out to short, ending the game with Ohio taking the game by the final of 10-4.
In the circle, Stiene got the start, pitching seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out eight batters for her 17th victory of the season.
At the plate, Ohio scored 10 runs on nine hits. Leading the way was Geno who went 2-for-4 with two homeruns, two runs scored and four RBI and Yun also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Dorsey went 1-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI and two runs scored. Cooper added a hit and a run scored, as did Day and Englant. Saxton also added a hit for Ohio.
The Bobcats and Miami will conclude the three-game series on Saturday, April 21 with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Miami Softball Stadium.