AKRON, Ohio– The Ohio softball team's (28-16, 9-6 MAC) bats came alive on Saturday (April 13), sweeping Akron (8-25-2, 2-12 MAC) in a doubleheader. The Bobcats won the first game 9-1 in five innings, and then wrapped up the day with a 13-5, five inning victory. The Saturday sweep gave the Bobcats the three-game sweep of the Zips.
GAME ONE: Ohio 9, Akron, 1 (Five Innings)
After a scoreless first inning from both teams, the Bobcats would strike first in the top of the second inning. Seniors Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) and Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would hit back-to-back homeruns. After a pitching chance, senior Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would be hit by the first pitch she would see and then steal second. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the inning with Ohio leading 2-0.
Akron would get a run in the bottom of the second inning off of a solo homerun. However, starter Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would get the final batter to strikeout, sending the game to the third inning with the Bobcats leading, 2-1.
Ohio would add on in the top of the third inning. Sophomore Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) would reach on a fielding error. Englant would then move to third on a double from sophomore Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio). Englant would then score on a ground out from senior Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) giving Ohio a 3-1 lead. After intentionally walking Geno, Alvarez would come to the plate and hit her second homerun of the game, this one to left center, putting Ohio up 6-1. Ohio would try to continue to add on when freshman Caroline Spacek (Beaumont, Texas) roped a single to left. However, the Ohio offense would not get her around, sending the game to the bottom of the third with Ohio leading, 6-1.
After a scoreless inning from Akron in the bottom of the third, Ohio would add on in the top of the fourth inning. Junior Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) would reach on a single down the rightfield line. She would be out at second when Englant reached on a fielder's choice. Englant would then steal second and move to third on a throwing error. Englant would then score when Yun reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on another error. Day would then come to the plate and crush a homerun to centerfield, putting Ohio up 9-1.
After a quick inning from Akron in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio tried to add on in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Spacek reached after she was hit by a pitch. She then moved to second on a ground out and then third on a single by Holland. Englant would then drive a ball to centerfield, the would be caught by a diving Akron centerfielder, sending the game to the bottom of the fifth inning with Ohio leading, 9-1.
Akron would be able to get anything going and McCrady would get the final batter of the game to strikeout looking, securing Ohio's 9-1 victory.
Overall, Ohio scored nine runs on eight hits and did not commit an error, meanwhile, Akron scored one run on one hit and committed three errors.
Individually, Alvarez went 2-for-3 with two homeruns, four RBI and two runs scored, while Geno went 1-for-2 with a homerun, one RBI and one run scored. Day added a homerun, three RBI and a run scored, while Englant scored two runs. Yun added a hit, RBI and two runs scored, while Spacek also added a hit.
In the circle, McCrady pitched five innings, allowing one run on one hit, walked one and struck out six batters.
GAME TWO: Ohio 13, Akron 5 (Five Innings)
Ohio came out firing in the top of the first inning. After Englant reached on a double down the leftfield line, Yun came to the plate and crushed a two-run shot to right center, putting Ohio up 2-0 early. Ohio stayed in business, with Day reaching on a single moments later, moving to second on a wild pitch and a to third on a ground out. However, the Bobcats would be unable to get Day home, sending the game to the bottom of the first inning with the Bobcats leading, 2-0.
Akron would get one run back in the bottom of the first inning off of an RBI single, sending the game to the second with Ohio leading, 2-1.
Ohio would add on in the top of the second inning. Cole would reach on an error and then score when senior MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would hit a homerun to leftfield, giving Ohio a 4-1 lead. The Bobcats were not done. Holland would reach on a single, however, she would be thrown out trying to steal second. Then with two outs, Yun would double to center and then move to third on a single by Day. Yun would score on a walk pitch, giving Ohio a 5-1 lead. After Akron would intentionally walk Geno, Alvarez would come to the plate and crush her third homerun of the day, this one to right center, putting the Bobcats up 8-1 going into the bottom of the second inning.
Akron would get some runs back in the bottom of the second inning, scoring three runs, helped by a two-run homerun, cutting the Ohio lead to 8-4 going to the third inning.
The Bobcats would add on in the top of the third inning. Englant would reach on a throwing error and then score on an RBI double to center from Yun. Yun would then move to third on a ground out, but the Bobcats would be unable to get her home, sending the game to the bottom of the frame with Ohio leading, 9-4.
After Ohio went down in order in the top of the fourth inning, Akron would threaten in the bottom of the frame. The Zips would get two runners on with one out, but the Ohio defense would get the final two outs, sending the game to the fifth inning with Ohio still leading, 9-4.
Ohio would add on in the top of the fifth inning. Brunswick and Holland would lead the inning off with back-to-back singles. Then with one out, Yun would hit her second homerun of the game, this one to left center, putting the Bobcats up 12-4. Day would then hit a triple off the top of the right field wall, allowing Alvarez to drive her in, putting Ohio up 13-4 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Akron would get a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Bobcats would catch a runner trying to steal third to end the game, securing the 13-5 victory for the Bobcats.
Overall, Ohio scored 13 runs on 15 hits and committed one error, while Akron scored five innings on nine hits and committed three errors.
Individually, Yun went 4-for-4 with two homeruns, six RBI and three runs scored, while Alvarez went 2-for-4 with four RBI, one homerun and one run scored. Day went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Brunswick also added two hits and a homerun with two RBI and two runs scored. Holland also added two hits and a run scored. Meanwhile, Spacek also recorded a hit for the Bobcats.
In the circle. Freshman Mackensie Kohl (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) got the start, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and walked one. Junior Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) entered the game in the second inning, pitching 3.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter.
Ohio heads to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State on Tuesday, April 16. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.