Updated Sun, May 5, 2013 4:36 pm
A day after the Ohio Bobcats (26-27, 9-13) clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament, they were defeated handily by the Central Michigan Chippewas, 13-5, in five innings on Sunday.
Though it was Senior Day for the Bobcats, there were few bright spots for the ‘Cats. Seniors Lauren Gellerman and Chelsea Hortman each had an RBI on the day, and sophomore Adrienne Gebele had the other three.
Central Michigan’s offense was efficient, scoring in every inning and scoring 13 runs on 14 hits. The Chippewas, took little time to score. They tacked on four runs in the top of the first inning.
Second baseman Brittney Horan led the way for the away team. She collected four hits in four at-bats. She also drove in four runs and accounted for three. In addition to the second baseman’s stellar hitting, she was a force on the base paths. She stole three bases and even stole home.
Left fielder Brogan Darwin started it all with a single that drove in the first two runs of the game. Another single by Cory Co DeLamiell brought in a run, and another run on the throw.
Darwin was another of the Chippewas’ top performers Sunday. She had three RBIs along with two hits.
Down 4-0 in the bottom of the first, the Green and White responded with two runs. Hortman drove in the first Bobcat run with a sacrifice fly to right field. Gebele drove in the second with a RBI-double.
Horan picked up her first RBI of the day off Ohio starting pitcher Lauren McClary (10-16) in the second inning. Savannah Jo Dorsey came in to relieve McClary immediately following the run. McClary was roughed up by Central Michigan on Sunday, allowing six runs in just an inning pitched and taking the loss.
Darwin struck again in the second, singling off of Dorsey and driving in another run to extend her team’s lead back to four runs.
Chelsea Sundberg (10-5) retired the Bobcats in order in the bottom of the second. She pitched a complete game for the victory.
With the bases loaded in the top of the third, Horan doubled to right center to drive in three more runs for the Chippewas. Later in the third inning, she stole home.
Ohio head coach Jodi Hermanek was forced to go to her bullpen again in the third. She called on Kaylin Clarke to relieve Dorsey. Dorsey pitched 1.2 innings and allowed four runs.
One of the few highlights for Ohio came in the bottom of the third, when Lauren Gellerman smashed her 24th home run of the season. That total leads the MAC and shatters the team single season record of 13 that she set last year.
In the fourth, Katelyn Rentschler hit a two-run homer to put Central Michigan up, 12-3. Finally in the fifth inning, Co DeLamiell drove in the Chippewas’ 13th and final run with an RBI-single.
In the bottom of the fifth, Adrienne Gebele hit her 11th home run of the season, with Gellerman on base. Unfortunately for Ohio, the deficit was just too great, and its five runs were not enough to avoid the eight-run mercy rule.
Ohio has clinched the sixth seed in the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats will play the Falcons in the first round of the MAC Tournament. The game will be played in Akron, Ohio, at Firestone Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.