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Ohio Softball: Bobcats Swept by Rival Miami in Saturday Doubleheader

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ATHENS, OH — Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader between Ohio and Miami didn’t begin with players taking the field in uniform. Rather, it began with Bobcat seniors wearing their graduation cap and gown.

The six seniors on the team, Natalie Alvarez, Morgan Geno, Alex Day, MacKenzie Brunswick, Deanna Cole, and Michaela Dorsey, all received their diplomas from President Duane Nellis in front of their teammates and family on the infield of the Ohio Softball Field.

Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, that was the high point for them on Saturday.

Ohio (28-19, 9-8 MAC) managed just one run in two games on their way to dropping both games of the doubleheader to rival Miami (28-14, 13-4 MAC), losing the first game 9-0 and the second 6-1.

Miami opened the scoring for the day when Lily Wilmot hit a two-run home run to right field with one out in the top of the second to give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead. That homer would remain Miami’s only hit until the 6th inning.

However, the Bobcats were unable to muster any offense of their own during that time. But, it was not for lack of trying. Ohio stranded at least one runner on base in all but one inning in the first game, totaling nine for the game. The ‘Cats hit just 2-of-13 (.154) with runners on base.

Starting pitcher Madi McCrady kept the Bobcats in the game as long as she could despite giving up the early home run. The sophomore retired 11 of the next 12 RedHawks she faced with the only slip up coming in the fourth when she issued a walk.

Miami piled on the runs in the final two innings to put the game out of reach for Ohio.

The second game was much of the same for the ‘Cats.

They started game two by loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first. However, three straight ground balls in the infield led to three straight outs to end the threat.

The RedHawks scored first again when Morgan Lott doubled home a run in the top of the third. Lott added to the lead in the top of the fifth with a solo home run to give Miami a 2-0 lead.

The Bobcats’ lone offensive highlight of the day came in the bottom half of that inning when Katie Yun sent the ball over the right field fence to cut the Miami lead to 2-1.

It was Yun’s 14th homer of the season and first since April 13.

Miami, once again, poured on some insurance runs in the late innings to seal the doubleheader sweep.

The ‘Cats once again left nine runners on base in the second game and struggled at the plate with runners on again, going just 3-of-16 (.187).

With Sunday’s series finale canceled due to poor field conditions due to rain at OSF, the Bobcats will conclude their regular season next weekend in Buffalo against the Bulls.