Updated Sat, Apr 27, 2013 6:59 pm
The Ohio softball team’s offense sputtered for most of Saturday afternoon against the Northern Illinois Huskies, gathering five hits, but failing to plate a single run in a 2-0 defeat.
In some of the past few games, the team has benefitted from walks and errors, but the one error by Northern Illinois in Saturday’s contest didn’t do anything to contribute to the Ohio cause.
Lauren McClary surrendered both runs on solo home runs in the fifth. Amanda Sheppard led off the fourth inning for Northern Illinois with a solo homer, and then two batters later, Jennifer Barnett cranked another shot, making the score 2-0.
Savannah Jo Dorsey replaced McClary and pitched the rest of the way. The Huskies only managed one more hit after that, but those two home runs were the only runs the Huskies needed.
Tessa Bailey, Erin Lashley, Chelsea Hortman, Raven King, and Amanda Dalton each collected exactly one hit. The fourth and seventh innings were the only innings that players even reached third for the Bobcats, but both times they came up empty.
Northern Illinois pitcher Emily Norton went seven innings strong for the Huskies, allowing five hits, walking one, and striking out five. She picked up her 12th win on the season, along with 15 losses.
McClary took the loss, dropping her to 10-14 on the year.
The Bobcats now sit at 24-24 overall and 7-10 in the conference, and have a matchup with the Huskies again Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.