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Alexia Cortez at bat against Buffalo in Athens, Ohio on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Ohio won 6-3. 

Ohio struggles to keep up with Wright State, gets swept in doubleheader

The Bobcats are swept in back-to-back series, this time against Wright State

Tuesday started out promising for Ohio.

Redshirt senior infielder Raven King hit an RBI in the first inning during game one of its doubleheader against Wright State. She was followed up by senior outfielder Adrienne Gebele hitting a two-RBI double, pushing the Bobcats’ lead to 3-0 before Wright State came up to bat.

Then Wright State’s bats came alive.

The Raiders scored nine in the bottom of the first, two in the second, and nine in the fourth to take down Ohio 20-3 in game one, which ended in five innings because of mercy rule.

After the first game, the Bobcats (5-17) came out for the second game looking for revenge. Wright State, however, took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. The Raiders (4-17) eventually pushed their lead to 7-0 before the Bobcats put up two runs in the sixth inning.

After an unsuccessful rally, Ohio fell to Wright State once again, 7-2.

The Bobcats were able to keep the second game much closer, and although they had runners in scoring positions eight times, they were unable to put runs on the board, going 0-8 with runners in scoring position.

“It wasn’t our best day, obviously,” said coach Jodi Hermanek. “The results showed that.”

Gebele led the Bobcats in the first game going 1-2 with two RBIs and ended the doubleheader 2-4. Sophomore infielder Casie Hutchinson finished the doubleheader strong, going 3-3 with one RBI in the final game.

Senior pitcher Kaylin Clarke took the loss in game one to drop her record to 3-3 on the season. Senior pitcher Lauren McClary took the game two loss after pitching three innings and allowing four runs.

“Over the weekend we competed with Kentucky, who’s a top 15 team,” Hermanek said. “We made them play with us, but they came back and beat us a couple of times. We come out today, and we didn’t have the same kind of stuff, and it obviously showed.”

Freshman Mikayla Cooper, who started game one at second base, has played three different positions, catcher, pitcher, and second base, during the course of the last two series’, something Hermanek is thankful for.

“That’s completely done by the fact that that’s where we need her to come in and fill some responsibility,” Hermanek said. “It’s not by design whatsoever, but we’re just thankful that we have a kid with athleticism that can do it.”

Hermanek also offered no excuses when asked about the injuries that have plagued the team this season, stating that it shouldn’t affect the outcome.

“It’s not something that we can’t work through, something we don’t train for, or prepare other people for,” Hermanek said. “It doesn’t have any results on the outcome. We have athletes that are quite capable to carry this load, and we just need them to come and play every day.”

Wright State out-hit Ohio 25-10 in the series, and outscored it 27-5.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, there will be little time to rest and recuperate, as they will head to Huntington, West Virginia, to take on Marshall on Thursday in another doubleheader. 

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