Ohio Crumbles In Extras, Falling 7-4 To Illinois State

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The Bobcats did well to take a close game into extras, but a four-run eighth inning from Illinois State sealed Ohio’s fate. The Bobcats dropped their ninth loss of the season 7-4 to the Redbirds on Friday.

Things were tense in Louisville, Ky., as Adrienne Gebele slammed a homer to right field to bring Alexandria Basquez home and tie the game at three all after the Redbirds had been leading all game.

Gebele’s blast, giving her 12 RBIs on the year, would drag the game into extra innings and give Ohio (13-9) a lifeline to pick up its second win of the day after beating Ohio State 7-3 earlier.

After a fairly quite seventh inning, the Redbirds’ (7-13) bats got hot and it left the Bobcats grasping for answers. In the seventh Lauren McClary, who pitched six innings and allowed seven hits and three runs, was replaced by Savannah Jo Dorsey. The sophomore Dorsey received a harsh introduction.

Dorsey gave up two hits and four runs within her two short innings. Three defensive errors cemented Illinois State’s lead and gave the Redbirds the momentum in extras. Ohio scored a consolation run as Alexia Cortez brought the Bobcats one run closer, but it wouldn’t be enough.

The Redbirds started the game off hot, scoring two runs in the third and holding a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. The Bobcats stormed back, scoring one in the bottom of the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game level.

Though the seven-game losing streak ended with a win over Ohio State, another one began with Friday evening’s loss.