Ohio Softball Drops Final Game Of Road Trip At Northern Illinois

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Lauren Gellerman hit a home run and had a RBI-double on the day, driving in her team’s only runs. Unfortunately for the Ohio Bobcats (24-24, 7-10) her efforts were not enough, as they fell to Northern Illinois, 3-2.

Northern Illinois pitcher Jessica Sturm (9-13) picked up the victory on the day. She pitched five innings and allowed just one run and one hit. Emily Norton pitched two innings and earned the save. She too allowed just one run and one hit.

Gellerman accounted for both hits allowed. She got to work early, in the first inning, when she hit a solo home run off of Sturm. That would be Sturm’s only mistake.

The Huskies’ offense responded quickly, however. In the bottom of the first, and with Savannah Jo Dorsey (12-9) on the mound for the Bobcats, left-fielder Nicole Gremillion homered to right center to tie the game at 1-1.

Northern Illinois tacked on another run in the third inning and took a 2-1 lead with an RBI-single by Jennifer Barnett that scored Sturm.

In the fifth inning, the Huskies forced Dorsey out of the game. With one out, Shelby Miller hit a double that put runners on second and third. At that point, Ohio head coach Jodi Hermanek went to her bullpen, and sent out Lauren McClary to finish the game.

Sturm drove in the Huskies’ third and final run with a sacrifice fly. The run was attributed to Dorsey. The freshman took the loss after pitching 4.1 innings and allowing three runs.

In the top of the sixth, the Bobcats were down 3-1, and Erin Lashley drew a leadoff walk. Gellerman’s double drove her in, but Ohio was unable to score again.

Ohio went 3-3 on its road trip, and will return home for its last regular season games. The four-game home stand will start with a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan on Friday. First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.