Updated Thu, Mar 20, 2014 5:54 pm
A pair of three-run innings late in the game sunk Ohio’s chances of continuing its winning streak Thursday as the Bobcats dropped the first game of their doubleheader 6-1 against Dayton.
Savannah Jo Dorsey had pitched well for Ohio (14-13) all afternoon, but things began to fall apart in the fifth inning. The sophomore from Grove City, Ohio, threw a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the fifth that allowed the Flyers’ (9-12) base runner to reach second.
Dorsey struck out the next batter but Dayton quickly took advantage of its runner. A double by the next batter plated the Flyers’ runner for the first run of the game.
Things only got worse for the Bobcats from there as the Flyers’ Kennedy Haynes slugged a two-run homer into left field that got Ohio coach Jodi Hermanek thinking of making a change on the mound.
Hermanek came out to comfort Dorsey, but her night was over after pitching four solid innings. Lauren McClary came on to close out the game for the ‘Cats.
McClary didn’t fare much better than Dorsey, giving up three runs in the bottom of the sixth off a Natalie Mariano solo shot to right field. Designated player Alysha Isaacson blasted another of McClary’s pitches past the left field fence before the inning was over.
Ohio got a consolation run in seventh as a strong Alexandria Basquez single brought Erin Lashley’s cleats across home plate for the visitors first and only run of the game.
Dorsey picked up her ninth loss of the season and allowed four hits, while keeping an ERA of 2.61.