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Shelby Westler’s two-run homerun lifts Ohio to a 2-1 victory over Toledo

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio was back in action after a nine-day break to host the Toledo Rockets in the first of a three-game series.

Skipp Miller was on the mound for the Bobcats and did not skip a beat. The story throughout was her dominant outing, going all seven innings, letting up just one run on three hits and striking out five.

The lone run for the Rockets came off of a wild pitch in the top of the fourth, when Arika Reed scored from third to give Toledo the 1-0 lead.

But this lead would last for not even a half inning. In the bottom of the fourth frame, Freshman Shelby Westler belted one high and deep to left field which carried over the wall for a go-ahead two-run homerun.

The Bobcats used Miller’s pitching and solid defense in the field to hold on for a 2-1 victory.

“I think everything went well,” Westler said. “We executed at the plate really well. Skipp (Miller) pitched a shutdown game, our defense was phenomenal, our outfield was lockdown, and our infield did a great job as well.”

The Bobcats move to 15-6 in conference gameplay, putting them in a three-way tie for first in the Mid-American Conference standings with Miami and Central Michigan. But head coach Jenna Hall says the team is keeping focus by not worrying about the standings.

The Bobcats and Rockets will play a double header Wednesday with first game set for 1 p.m.