Updated Fri, Feb 21, 2014 8:08 pm
Although the Bobcats fought valiantly to keep their undefeated record, Ohio dropped its first game of the season in the Frost Classic 6-5 against Tennessee Tech on Friday afternoon.
Ohio (8-1) was off to its best start in program history, the highlighted by sophomore Savannah Jo Dorsey’s no-hitter against North Florida on Feb. 16, before exiting the bus in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ohio tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Alexia Cortez advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Casie Hutchinson and then to third on a passed ball. Senior Alexandria Basquez hit a sacrifice fly ball to left that allowed Cortez to cross the plate and score.
But the tie would be short lived as Tennessee went on to score two more runs in the top of the eighth that put away the game for good.
It only got worse for Ohio as it found itself on the wrong side of a 4-1 score line heading into the bottom of the sixth. Junior Adrienne Gebele put some energy back into the ‘Cats with a one-out double to left center field.
This set the stage for Dorsey to stroke an RBI single right up the middle to bring the deficit down to two runs. A double to left field by junior Dakota Pyles brought another pair of cleats across home plate and the lead was down to one.
The ‘Cats started well, earning a run in the bottom of the first to hit the ground running, but the Golden Eagles immediately responded with two runs of their own in the next inning.
Walk-off heroics and stellar pitching for Ohio were nowhere to be found as they were earlier this season, leading to the loss.