MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. –The Ohio softball team (25-13, 6-3 MAC) returned to the diamond on Friday (April 5), taking on Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan (14-18-1, 5-3-1 MAC), falling to the Chippewas, 7-3, in game one of the three-game series.
After the Bobcats went down in order in the top of the first inning, CMU would get a runner on in the bottom of the frame with one out, however the Bobcats' defense would hold strong, sending the game to the second inning with it scoreless.
In the top of the second inning, Ohio would get their first base runners on when senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) reached first after an error, followed by senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) who reached after she was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run across, sending the game to the bottom of the second with the game still scoreless.
Central Michigan would get a run in the bottom of the third inning when with two outs, CMU would get a bases loaded single, scoring the runner at third, however, Cole would throw out the second runner at the plate, ending the inning and sending the game to the fourth with CMU only leading 1-0.
Ohio would respond in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) drew a walk and moved to second on a single from Day. Then still with one out, Cole would crush a three-run homerun to rightfield, giving Ohio a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
Central Michigan would respond in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring five runs to take a 6-3 lead going into the top of the fifth inning.
After CMU went down in order in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ohio tried to cut into the Central Michigan lead in the top of the sixth inning when Day reached first on a two-out single. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio trailing, 6-3.
CMU would get one run in the top of the seventh inning, taking a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the frame. The Bobcats would be unable to get anything going in the top of the seventh, dropping the first game of the series by the final of 7-3.
Overall, Ohio scored three runs on three hits and did not commit any errors, while CMU scored seven runs on 10 hits and committed two errors.
Individually, Day went 2-of-3 with a run scored, while Cole recorded one hit, a homerun, with a run scored and three RBI. Geno also recorded a run scored.
In the circle, sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) got the start, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, walked four a striking out one. Junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) entered the game in the fourth inning, pitching 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits, walked two and struck out one.
Up next, the Bobcats wrap up the three-game series with CMU on Saturday, April 6 with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.