KENNESAW, Ga. – Led by a five hit day from sophomore Allie Englant and a masterful first career start from freshman Mackensie Kohl, the Ohio softball team (3-1) wrapped up day two of the 2019 Phyllis Rafter Memorial Saturday (Feb. 9), sweeping the day's games. The Bobcats defeated Morehead State, 6-1 in the first game before coming back to down host Kennesaw State, 7-2, in the final game of the day.
GAME ONE: Ohio 6, Morehead State 1
Morehead State would get on the board first in the top of the first inning, when with one out, Allison Davis would hit a homerun to left center, putting the Eagles up 1-0 as the Bobcats would come to bat.
The Bobcats would get the run back in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach on a single up the middle and then steal second. With one out, freshman Charlee Pond (Redondo Beach, Calif.) singled to left and then advanced to second on the throw, putting runners at second and third. Senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would draw a walk to load the bases. Englant would score when senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) grounded out to second. After senior Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would walk to load the bases again, senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would reach on an error, scoring Pond. The Bobcats would be unable to push another run across and would go to the top of the second with a 2-1 lead.
After Morehead State went down in order in the top of the second. The Bobcats added on in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Englant would hit a triple to right, but be thrown out trying to score. Sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would then his her first homerun of the season to left field. Pond would then reach after being hit by a pitch, bringing up Geno who would hit her first homerun of the season, a two-run shot to left, putting Ohio up 5-1.
After another 1-2-3 inning from the Bobcats in the top of the third, Ohio would add on in the bottom of the frame. Alvarez led the inning off with a single to left. Then with one out, Carline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) would single moving Alvarez to second. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would enter the game to run for Alvarez, and the move would pay off, when a batter later, Englant would record her third hit of the game, scoring Holland from second, putting Ohio up 6-1 after three innings of play.
After the Eagles went down in order in the top of the fourth, Ohio would try to add on in the bottom of the frame when Geno and Alvarez both recorded hits. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get them home, keeping the game at 6-1 after four.
After a scoreless fifth inning from both teams, Ohio would get runners on again in the bottom of the sixth, when with one out, Pond would single to left, however the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the top of the seventh with Ohio leading 6-1.
Starting pitcher freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) would send the Eagles down in order in the top of the seventh, sealing the Bobcats 6-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio scored six runs on 11 hits and did not commit an error, while Morehead State scored one run on one hit and committed one error.
Individually, Englant went 3-for-4 with a triple, RBI and one run scored. Pond went 2-for-4 with two runs, while Geno when 2-for-3 with a homerun, two RBI and a run scored. Alvarez added two hits, while Yun had a homerun. One RBI and one run scored. Spacek also added the hit more the Bobcats.
In the circle, Kohl was masterful, allowing one run on one hit in six innings of work. Kohl also struck out five and did not allow a walk, helping her pick up her first the first career win and first career complete game.
GAME TWO: Ohio 7, Kennesaw State 2
The Bobcats would get on the board first in the top of the first inning, when Englant would lead the game off with a single through the left side. Yun would then draw a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Then with one out, Geno would reach on a fielder's choice, loading the bases. Alvarez would then come through, reaching on a fielder's choice of her own, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead entering the bottom of the first frame.
Kennesaw St. would threaten in the bottom of the first, when Hannah Thomason doubled to left field to being the inning. With one out, Maddie Roth would draw a walk, as would Kira Solozano, loading the bases with two outs. However, starter Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would get the next batter to fly out, ending the threat and keeping Ohio's 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second, third and fourth innings from both teams, the Bobcats would final add on in the top of the fifth inning. Englant would lead off the inning with a single up the middle. She then moved to second on a ground out from Yun. Englant would then advance to third when Pond reached on a throwing error and then would score when Geno singled to short, putting the Bobcats up 2-0.
Kennesaw State would get a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, cutting Ohio's lead to 2-1. However, the Bobcats would respond in the top of the sixth inning. Spacek would reach on an error and then move to third when freshman Taytum Hargrave (Warsaw, Ind.) doubled to left center. Spacek would score on a sacrifice fly from Englant right before Yun would single up the middle, scoring Hargrave, putting the Bobcats up 4-1 entering the bottom of the sixth.
KSU would get a run back in the bottom of the sixth inning off of an RBI double, cutting Ohio's lead to 4-2 entering the final inning. In the top of the seventh, the Bobcats would threaten to add on when with one out, Brunswick would single through the left side, putting a runner on. Spacek would then reach on a fielding error, but would be erased from the bases when Day reached on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Hargrave would triple down the right field line, scoring Brunswick and Day before scoring on her own on a throwing error by the KSU defense, putting Ohio up 7-2 entering the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, McCrady and the Ohio defense would send Kennesaw state down in order, taking the game by the final of 7-2.
For the Bobcats, Ohio scored seven runs on nine hits and had two errors, while Kennesaw St. scored two runs on seven hits and had five errors.
Individually, Englant went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Geno went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Hargrave went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Yun added a hit and RBI, while Brunswick added a hit and Spacek added a double.
In the circle, McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking six and striking out three in her first complete game of the season.
The Bobcats wrap up play at the 2019 Phyllis Rafter Memorial on Sunday, Feb. 10 when they take on Eastern Illinois. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.