Updated Fri, Feb 7, 2014 3:29 pm
The Ohio Bobcats traveled south by way of Columbia, South Carolina and exploded offensively in a 9-4 victory over the Presbyterian Blue Hose in the first game of the Carolina Classic.
The Bobcats went down 2-0 early after the first inning. Savannah Jo Dorsey set down the first two Presbyterian players before Alexia Cortez committed a fielding error to put Shelby Petik of the Blue Hose on base. Miranda Rogers followed that up with a long ball that put Presbyterian up on Ohio after an inning.
Alexandria Basquez started the top of the second inning with a resounding triple. It looked as if Basquez would be stranded before Dakota Pyles walked and Adrienne Gebele came up and blasted a home run deep over the fence in left-center to put Ohio up 3-2.
After both teams tacked on another run in the third inning, Ohio added to their lead with a Cassie Hutchinson single that plated two.
Ohio busted things wide open in the sixth inning with a collection of hits from the bottom of the lineup. With Pyles and Gebele standing on first and second, Alyssa Wolfe cracked out a double to run the score up to 8-3. After a sacrifice bunt from Amanda Dalton, Raven King singled to left, scoring Wolfe.
Presbyterian scored once more in the bottom of the seventh, but Savannah Jo Dorsey was able to retire the side and earn her first victory of the year.
Dorsey went the full seven innings while striking out nine and only giving up two earned runs to pick up her first victory of the season.
Ohio was able to crank out nine runs in spite of only having three extra base hits as timely singles helped Ohio to push runs across home plate. Ohio cracked out 10 hits on the day.
Sydney Seigler, who came on in relief of Presbyterian starter Katie Brown, earned the loss for the now 0-1 Blue Hose.
Freshmen Madison Claytor who caught for Dorsey, and Hutchinson who played third base, picked up their first career hits and RBIs in the victory.
Ohio picks back up on Saturday morning with a 10 a.m. date with the UNC Greensboro Spartans in day two of the Columbia Classic.