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Cats drop Doubleheader to Wright State

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Game One

The Bobcats looked like they had a dream start to their game against Wright State when they scored three runs in the top of the first.

But those runs would be the only ones Ohio would score as the Raiders scored nine in the ensuing at bat and ultimately won Tuesday, by a score of 20-3.

While the Bobcats (5-17) started the game well — something that has been hard for them this season — sustained offense is something that must figure on their minds as they move forward.

Something else that must take a lot of importance is pitching.

Often times, Ohio will leave a pitcher in after she gives away five or more runs to try and leave that pitcher to try and pitch themselves out of it. More often than not, the pitcher just ends up giving up more and a reliever is brought in when the Bobcats are facing an insurmountable task.

That can’t continue to happen if Ohio hopes to compete in the games before their pre-conference schedule and it certainly persist if it hopes to contend in the Mid-American Conference this season.

Things in game two were better, but still not quite up to what many expected coming into this season.

Game Two

Wright State (4-17) started the second game in much the same way as the first; by scoring multiple runs in the first inning and holding that advantage through the rest of the game.

While the final score was only 7-2 in the Raiders’ favor this time, the same overall qualities of the first game still applied.

The Bobcats offense was stagnant, Wright State seemed to control the pace of play and the amount of players left on base and wasted offensive production came back to bite Ohio in the end.

Ohio did manage to get into it late, putting up its only two runs in the sixth inning, but it also allowed four runs in the two innings prior.

With a two-game series against Marshall on Thursday and a newly-scheduled three-game weekend series against Niagara, the Bobcats have a few games to round into form before the MAC season starts.

But if the same issues persist when Ohio takes on Northern Illinois on March 27 for the MAC opener, it could be a long conference season for the Bobcats.