Updated Sun, Feb 16, 2014 8:20 pm
The no-hitter is one of the most-prized achievements in softball, more than the triple play or even hitting for the cycle. While it usually takes players years to earn this prestigious achievement it only took sophomore Savannah Jo Dorsey eight games into the season, as Ohio defeated hosts North Florida 1-0 in the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational.
Dorsey earned her second consecutive start for the Bobcats (8-0) and did not disappoint, blanking the Ospreys (8-2) for seven innings alongside great field play by Ohio.
Despite hot swinging by North Florida late, the Bobcats’ defense stepped up, nailing their throws and fielding the ball well.
To add a climactic finish to the game, Dorsey struck out her last batter swinging to complete her no-hitter.
Junior Adrienne Gebele played hero twice in the same day for Ohio, after she delivered walk-off winner against the Troy Trojans earlier in the day.
The pressure on the diamond was tangible, as the game remained deadlocked until the fourth inning when Gebele scored an unearned run right before the end of the fourth.
To get on base, Gebele singled to first. Then, after advancing to second, an error by North Florida allowed Gebele to reach third and put her in prime position to score the only run of the game.
This left the bases loaded and the Ospreys’ pitcher walked the next batter, giving Ohio a lead it didn’t relinquish for the rest of the game.
This is the first time the Bobcats have gone undefeated in their first eight games in the past decade.
Ohio will now be tested in the upcoming Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., with its first game against Austin Peay on Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m.