Updated Sun, Feb 9, 2014 2:53 pm
For the third day in a row, the Bobcats brought out their bats, this time in a 9-6 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Both teams came out slugging, but after Raven King surrendered two Hawkeye runs in the first, Ohio put up four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Alexandria Basquez got the scoring going for the ‘Cats with a groundout that scored Alexia Cortez. Kaylin Clarke played add-on, cracking out a bases clearing double that scored King, Madison Claytor and Casie Hutchinson to put Ohio up 4-2.
Unfazed, the Hawkeyes came right back at King and scored two runs in the top of the second.
Ohio responded immediately, scoring twice and securing a 6-4 lead.
King, after struggling in the third, was pulled in favor of Savannah Jo Dorsey, who pitched the rest of the contest. Dorsey allowed two runs in the fifth, but otherwise seemed dominant in 4.1 innings while striking out eight, allowing three hits and two earned runs. Dorsey moved to 2-0 with the victory.
Dorsey’s ERA is now 1.47 and she has struck out 28 batters through 19 innings.
The Bobcats picked up one insurance run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings each.
Ohio scored seven of its runs on the day against Iowa starter Kayla Massey.
King and Hutchinson added three hits to the Bobcats’ cause, with each contributing an RBI. King scored three times and Claytor and Cortez crossed the plate twice each for Ohio.
Through four games, the Bobcats have scored 33 runs and are scoring consistently even after losing powerful bats in the lineup like Lauren Gellerman and Caitlin Colvin. Eight different Bobcats have driven in at least three RBIs through four games.
Ohio looks to continue its offensive success when it travels to the Georgia Tournament in Athens, Ga. Their first game will be against South Alabama at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14.