Bobcats Run-Ruled By Cardinals

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Ball State wore out its bats on its way to posting 10 unanswered runs in five innings to run-rule the Bobcats on Saturday in Muncie, Ind. and end Ohio’s six-game winning streak.

Ohio head coach Jodi Hermanek warned her team that the Cardinals (26-16, 6-3) were a strong hitting team and that every pitch would count. It did not take long for Ball State to prove Hermanek right.

A double to right field that was immediately followed by a triple to the same area, brought in the Cardinals first run and it was just the beginning, as Ball State went on to score at least one run in every inning on their way to the 10-0 win.

Ohio (25-18, 10-3) did everything they could to hold the Cardinals, but nothing was going for the Green and White. A couple sparse hits in the fourth and fifth was not enough for the team that was already down by more than eight at the time.

The Bobcats recorded only two hits, opposed to Ball State’s 10, and the Cardinals looked the more comfortable team all afternoon. They continually got runners on base and made the Ohio hitters work for good looks.

Amanda Dalton and Alexia Cortez were the only Bobcats to get hits off of Nicole Steinbach, the Ball State pitcher that earned four strikeouts on her way to the win. Savannah Jo Dorsey started her third consecutive game in two days and allowed eight hits and all 10 runs while striking out six batters.

Lauren McClary was brought on to end the fourth inning, but by then the game was already out of Ohio’s control. This game marked the second time all season that Ohio had been run-ruled, the first coming in a 22-4 defeat to Louisville.

The Bobcats will look to rebound on Sunday when they play Ball State, once again in Muncie, Ind., at 1 p.m.