ATHENS, Ohio—After a scoreless game through five innings, Kent State's (17-18, 7-2) sole unearned run in the top of the sixth was the deciding factor, the Flashes them to defeat the Ohio softball team (25-16, 6-6 MAC), 1-0.
Ohio threatened in the bottom of the third after two scoreless innings for both teams. Freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) led off with a line-drive single up the middle of the field before getting thrown out at second off of a bunt from junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.). After flyouts from both sophomores Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) and Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio), Holland was stranded and the game remained 0-0 going into the top of the fourth.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, senior Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) smashed a single up the left side of the field, but after a fielder's choice and smart base running from senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio), the Bobcats were unable to score, stranding Day on second.
Kent State led off the top of the fifth with a single, advancing a runner to second off of a sacrifice bunt with one out. Sophomore Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) went to work, securing the second out by drawing a swinging strikeout and a drawing fly-out to center to send the Bobcats back to the plate.
Ohio continued to work in the bottom of the fifth—with two outs, Holland drew a walk before advancing off of a single down the left field line from Englant. Both runners were stranded after Yun flied-out to center field, keeping the game scoreless.
The Golden Flashes led off the top of the sixth with a walk and a single, putting one runner in scoring position with no outs. After a fly-out to right field and successfully holding the runner on second, an attempt to catch the runner on first backfired with a throwing error, allowing Kent State to put the first run of the game on the board. Ohio quickly regained control with Day catching two high fly balls to end the inning.
After a three-up, three-down top of the seventh for Kent State, senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) led off with a walk for the Bobcats. With one out, Spacek smacked a single to left-center field, putting Cole in scoring position. Kent State grabbed the final out of the game when Cole attempted to score off of a single from Englant, however, she would be thrown out at home, securing the 1-0 victory for the Flashes.
In the circle, McCrady pitched all seven innings. She gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked two while allowing no earned runs.
At the plate, both Geno and Spacek went 2-for-3 while Englant went 2-for-4. Holland and Cole each drew a walk.
The Bobcats continue conference play on Friday, April 12 when they travel to Akron, Ohio to take on Akron. Friday's game is set to start at 3 p.m. On Saturday, play will resume with a doubleheader set for 1 p.m.