Updated Sun, Feb 17, 2013 1:11 am
The Ohio softball team won their sixth straight game in decisive fashion, as they defeated the UNLV Rebels, 11-3.
After struggling to get into any offensive rhythm in the first five innings of play, the Bobcats’ offense exploded in the sixth inning to score seven runs. They followed up their impressive sixth inning with another four runs in the seventh.
The game was scoreless until the third inning in which the Rebels put up two runs on the board. UNLV’s Samantha Valentino lead off the bottom of the third with a double, and senior Taylor Aleman hit a home run to right center.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lauren McClary relieved Ohio’s starter Kaylin Clarke after Aleman doubled to left center. A single by Heather Harrison brought in Aleman to put the Rebels up, 3-0.
UNLV pitcher Amana Oliveto kept the Bobcats in check for the first five innings of the game. She allowed just two hits and no runs until the ‘Cats hit her with six earned runs in the top of the sixth.
Ohio loaded the bases with no outs when Kaylin Clarke singled to right to bring in two runs. Chelsea Hortman then hit a double that drove in another two runs for the Bobcats and gave them a 4-3 lead. The ‘Cats scored their next three runs on a wild pitch and a double by MAC East Player of the Week Lauren Gellerman that drove in two more to put Ohio up, 7-3.
After batting around the order in the sixth inning, the offensive surge continued for Ohio as Adrienne Gebele and Clarke lead off the top of the seventh by clubbing back-to-back home runs. The blasts put Ohio up, 9-3, but it did not stop there. The Bobcats loaded the bases again with no outs, and Alexia Cortez and Gellerman each drove in a run when they hit a single to right and into a fielder’s choice, respectively.
Gellerman and Clarke had big games for the Green and White as each batted in three runs on two hits.
Ohio continues its play in the Easton Desert Classic Sunday. It will take on Louisiana-Monroe at 2:15 p.m. and No. 19 UCLA at 4:30 p.m.