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Ohio comes out on top 7-4 with multiple home runs

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB)– The Ohio Bobcats (23-21) came into the rubber match against the Western Michigan Broncos (23-19) after an eight inning win in the second game of the double header. Ohio was able to win the Saturday game after a three-run walk off home run from senior Sydney Grien. 

The Bobcats kept this momentum alive as would win the third game of the series 7-4. 

At the start of the game, Western Michigan got ahead in the first inning with an RBI single by Riley Dittmar. 

Western Michigan was able to keep the momentum going towards the middle innings with their second run coming from another RBI single by Rissa Bajusz. 

The bats were able to come alive for Ohio in the bottom of the third by an RBI Double by Lauren Yuhas.  

This would lead to the fourth inning as senior Yasmine Logan once again came in clutch. Logan hit a two-run home run, her second of the three-game series and her eigth of the season. Logan finished the game going 2-3. 

Ohio senior Yasmine Logan hits her eight home run of the season. [Payton Brooker | WOUB]
The runs kept adding up for the Bobcats until once again a repeat from the last game would strike twice.

Sydney Grien was able to hit a shot towards centerfield for a solo home run, her second in the series as well. Grien said after the game that home runs in the dugout gets the team going. 

“I think we have the best home run celebrations because you don’t know what’s happening,” Grien said. “Everyone is just losing their minds and they put a helmet on your head. It’s wild. No one knows what’s going on, but everyone is happy.” 

Other runs in this game came by two off an error, and an RBI double by Annalia Paoli in the fifth inning. 

Coming in the first inning, Skip Miller would go on to have a quality start on the mound with five strikeouts and only three earned runs. This gives Miller her 13th win of the season.

“Anytime you have Skip that can go out their that can either close the game like yesterday or come in today in the first and be ready to go is things you can’t take for granted,” Hall said. “We’re very grateful for pitchers like Skip that can come in and do that.” 

On April 23, the Ohio Bobcats travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in a non-conference matchup. Coach Hall expresses how important Power Five games mean for the future games to come. 

“Anytime you get to step on the field against someone that’s in the Power Five,  your only going to get better,” Hall said. “Regardless of what happens, it’s about us stepping out there, pitch-by-pitch, and do our absolute best.”  

The game will take place Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Vartabedian Field.