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Softball: Ohio completes regular season with senior night sweep against Bowling Green
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Softball: Ohio completes regular season with senior night sweep against Bowling Green

Entering the weekend, Ohio (30-22, 18-8 Mid-American Conference) had already secured its spot in the MAC Tournament following a midweek doubleheader sweep against Akron. The upcoming game against Bowling Green on Senior Night would determine which seed they would finish with.

The Bobcats defeated the Falcons, clinching the No. 2 seed and giving them an extra day of rest before their opening game in the tournament. Ohio’s second-place finish is exactly where the team was projected to finish in the Preseason MAC Coaches Poll. Additionally, the Bobcats have won 17 of their last 19 conference games, rebounding from a 1-7 start to MAC play.

Game one

Skipp Miller made the start in the first game for the Bobcats and led the defense to a dominant 9-3 win.

Alexis Dawe, a graduate student, made a ceremonial start at first base and was immediately replaced by the usual starter, Brenna Farmer. Dawe represented the Bobcats as their first base coach for most of the season.

Bowling Green would get the scoring started in the first inning when Aaralyn Nogay scored on a wild pitch, but quickly got things going in the bottom half of the inning when Lauren Yuhas also came in on a wild pitch.

After a quiet second inning, Ohio would build a lead in the third. Izzie Wilson would double into centerfield to score Yuhas again. Wilson would then be tossed in by Syndey Grein, who singled to left center field.

In the fourth, Ohio would again respond to a scoreless Bowling Green performance with two runs. As CiCi Keidel reached first base on an error by the Falcons pitcher, Tori O’Brien entered. Two batters later, Emma Hoffner would single and score Keidel.

The fifth inning would repeat the pattern as Ohio took a 7-1 lead on a run by Grein, followed by a home run from left field by Annalia Paoli.

Bowling Green would finally break their five-inning scoreless streak as Scarlet Anderson would score Peyton Dolejs and Marti Henkel would score Peyton Steffes on a grounder.

Ohio would maintain its lead at six runs as the sixth inning ended as both Hoffner and Belle Hummel scored on an Izzie Wilson single. Bowling Green would remain scoreless in the seventh, giving Ohio the win.

Game two

To cap off Senior Night, Ohio coach Jenna Hall gave senior Ellie Greene the start, allowing her to play the second full game of her Division I career. The game would be much quieter than the first of the doubleheader, with six shutout innings on both sides en route to a 2-0 shutout win for Ohio.

Greene and the Bobcats’ defense would prevent baserunners from scoring, while Mackenzie Krafcik and the Falcons would go 1-2-3, bringing the first to a quick end.

In the second, Bowling Green would be retired in the top of the inning as all three batters would ground out. Paoli singled to the left side of the field in the bottom half of the inning, allowing Grein to score. Paoli would be followed by Emily Caron, who would hit a sacrifice fly and Farmer would score from third.

The remainder of the game would be scoreless on both sides, with few baserunners and numerous strikeouts, ground outs and flyouts, propelling the Bobcats to a Senior Night sweep.

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