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Ohio's Taylor Saxton safely slides into second base during the Bobcats' game against Bowling Green on April 21, 2017. The Bobcats won 7-1. (FILE)

Softball: Bobcats set to play in Homewood Suites Invitational

In Ohio’s first weekend of the season, Alex Day was a major part of the Bobcats' 3-2 start. 

She hit a home run and drove in four runs. She also had three other extra base hits, with two doubles and a triple. 

She was the player to drive in the first runs of the season for the Bobcats, a two-run home run in the first game against Virginia. Later in that game, she also drove in a run on a triple.

Day also tied the game in the eighth inning of the Bobcats’ extra-inning loss to Lipscomb with a double.

“I had a little first-weekend jitters,” Day said. “Those games I was able to come through, it felt really good.” 

Day will hope to move past the first-weekend jitters when Ohio plays in the Homewood Suites Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Bobcats play Delaware State and Wagner on Friday. They will play host NC State and a yet-to-be-announced opponent Saturday. Another team to be announced will be the opponent for Ohio in the last game of the tournament Sunday. 

Coach Jodi Hermanek said before the season that the veterans in her lineup will be those leading the way. Day, a junior, showed that in the Bobcats’ first five games. Some of the younger players, especially the freshmen, however, also made a strong impact.

“The freshmen have been doing a really good job at coming up clutch too,” Day said. 

Outfielder Allie Englant and shortstop Katie Yun both drove in a run and scored three runs a piece. 

In the circle, Madi McCrady won in her debut, with a complete game, giving up two runs. 

The veterans and young players both made impacts for the Bobcats over the first weekend of action. And moving forward, the whole team hopes to continue to have success. 

“Everyone’s doing well,” Day said. “Everything is coming together.”


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