Updated Tue, Apr 8, 2014 3:40 pm
On a continued quest to be the best team in the state of Ohio, the Bobcats head up to Columbus for a Wednesday evening doubleheader with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The ‘Cats defeated the Buckeyes on March 7th in a 7-3 victory at the Red and Black Classic in Louisville, Ky. The win marked Ohio’s first win against Ohio State with Jodi Hermanek as head coach.
Several Bobcats brought out the bats for the game, as Ohio knocked four home runs out of the park.
Alexandria Basquez hit two of her three home runs on the season, while driving in three runs. Alyssa Wolfe and Madison Claytor also homered.
Even with the offensive success, Ohio struck out 11 times that afternoon. Making consistent contact will be a focus for the Bobcats Wednesday evening.
Savannah Jo Dorsey went the distance against the Buckeyes, pitching all seven innings, while giving up three hits, three runs, and striking out five.
The Bobcats are coming off of a weekend in which they struggled and succeeded against the same Buffalo pitcher. After getting no-hit by Tori Speckman on Saturday, the ‘Cats had experienced bats step up on Sunday. Adrienne Gebele, Kaylin Clarke and Basquez all contributed to the victory with RBIs.
Gebele enters tomorrow’s doubleheader leading the team with a .365 batting average and a .567 slugging percentage to go along with 59 total bases.
The Bobcats, who have been up and down throughout 2014, have won six of their last nine games, and have only allowed more than four runs twice in that timeframe.
The Buckeyes come in with a 17-18 record and have been a bit streaky as of late. They are most recently coming off three straight losses to Michigan.
Evelynn Carrilo and Caitlin Conrad present the biggest bats in the Buckeyes’ lineup. Carrilo is hitting a blistering .364, with 23 RBIs and slugging .514.
Conrad has the most pop in the OSU lineup. She is hitting .354 with a team-leading 10 doubles, six home runs, 68 total bases and a .667 slugging percentage.
Dorsey shut down the duo of stars, allowing only one hit between the two Buckeyes in the teams’ previous meeting.
The doubleheader is set to begin at 5 p.m.