Softball: Ohio Splits Doubleheader With Wright State

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Ohio traveled to Dayton to take on the Wright State Raiders in a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday. The two teams split the series, the Raiders took the first game, while Ohio claimed victory in the second.

In the first contest, Ohio dug itself into a hole early and was never able to come all the way out, falling by a final score of 8-4. 
After an uneventful Bobcat first inning, Wright State battered Ohio with six runs in its half of the first. The Raiders scored their first four batters as Kristi Boreing, Chelsea Archer, Kacie Rapshus and Kortney Tackett all crossed the plate in the first.
Colleen Schneider and Jess Gorman would cap off Wright State’s monstrous first inning, both scoring to increase the Raider lead to 6-0. From then on, Ohio was unable to pull itself completely back into the game. 
The Cats got one run back in the second inning, as Erin Lashley scored to cut the Raider lead to 6-1. But, Wright State answered with a run of its own in the home half of the third.
Ohio’s biggest push occurred in the fourth inning, as it scored three runs to narrow the gap to 7-4 in favor of Wright State. Alexis Joseph, Jillian Van Wagnen and Brooke Morgart all crossed the plate for Ohio. 
However, Wright State would score a run in the home half of the same inning. Neither team mounted any offense from then on; Ohio dropped the first contest of the doubleheader.
Krystian DeWitt allowed eight hits and three earned runs, with one unearned run for the Raiders. She also tallied four strikeouts while walking six batters. 
Ohio’s Kaylin Clarke didn’t fare as well as her opponent. She gave up 11 hits and eight runs. However, only three of those runs were earned. She struck out two batters and walked two as well.
In the second contest, it was Ohio who jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. 
A Lashley RBI in the second drove in Raven King to give the Bobcats their first lead. From there, Ohio scored two additional runs in the third as Morgart scored on an Alexandria Basquez RBI single. 
Joseph would go on to score an unearned run to make it a 3-0 advantage for the Bobcats.
Ohio wasn’t done scoring as King blasted a two run home run in the top of the fifth inning to increase the lead to five runs for the ‘Cats.
Wright State would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, as Reagan Stofcheck scored on a Boreing RBI to make it 5-1 Ohio.
Ohio tallied one more run in the top of the sixth when Timmie Rappe scored on a Van Wagnen RBI. 
Wright State would score one more run in their half of the seventh, but it would not be enough as Ohio took game two 6-2.
Caitlin Colvin pitched an absolute gem of a game for the Bobcats; she allowed only five hits and two runs. She carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before surrendering a base hit. 
Meanwhile, the Ohio offense found considerably more success in the second contest against pitcher Chelsea Contant. She gave up nine hits and six runs, five of which were earned.
After this series, Ohio’s record stands at 24-27 overall. 
The Bobcats return home on Friday afternoon doubleheader against conference foe Buffalo. The first game is scheduled to start at 1 pm.