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

Softball: Ohio falls to 5-15 after getting swept in series at No. 12 Kentucky

The Bobcats were swept by No. 12 Kentucky only scoring 6 runs in the series. 

On a beautiful day in Lexington, Kentucky, Ohio (5-15) was unable to get the bats going against No. 12 Kentucky, falling 6-0 in the final game of a three game series.

After being defeated in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, the Bobcats were not able to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon.

The Bobcats tallied just six runs in the series, as opposed to Kentucky’s 19. Kentucky also had 25 hits.

Playing strong defense throughout, the Wildcats committed just one error in the series.

In the first two games of the series, Ohio led at one point and even led 4-0 during second game. Ohio had no answer for Kentucky junior Maisie Steed, who went 5-9 in the series, including 8 RBIs and 2 home runs.

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The final game saw Kentucky take a 1-0 lead in the first inning, which would end up being all that they would need to stay ahead. The Bobcats threatened in the second inning with runners at second and third after senior outfielder Dakota Pyles put down a sacrifice bunt, and then the sixth inning due to redshirt senior infielder Raven King’s double, but were unable to put runs on the board. Senior pitcher Lauren McClary took the circle to start of for Ohio, pitching three innings and allowing three runs.

Freshman infielder Mikayla Cooper, the only freshman in the starting lineup, has been all over the infield position-wise this season, starting at catcher on Sunday, ending the game at second base.

Ohio led in the hitting department in the series by senior outfielder Adrienne Gebele, who went 4-7 throughout with 3 RBIs. Senior pitcher and infielder Kaylin Clarke also went 3-7 in the series, adding a home run in the second game of the series.

Fighting injuries throughout the roster, Ohio has been forced to put players in different positions. One of the injuries is junior pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey, who was the lead pitcher for the Bobcats last season, pitching for an ERA of 2.37 and earning 25 wins.

The Bobcats will have to shake off the losses quickly, as they head to Dayton to take on Wright State Tuesday in an afternoon doubleheader.



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