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Michaela Dorsey adjusts her gloves during Ohio's game against Pitt on March 27. The Bobcats beat The Panthers 6-1.

Softball: Home runs power Ohio to sweep of doubleheader

Ohio now has double digit wins in the Mid-American Conference after a sweep in a doubleheader against Kent State. Ohio’s offense hit eight home runs and scored 26 runs.

Game 1

Danielle Stiene picked up her fifth win of MAC play as Ohio (22-13, 10-1 MAC) won 4-2 behind her complete game and clutch hitting.

Stiene did not have her best stuff and walked three and hit two others but was able to limit the Golden Flashes to two runs.

Kent State (19-16, 5-6 MAC) took the early lead, but Ohio was able to respond in the third with two runs scored in very different ways. Katie Yun homered for the fifth time this season and Alexa Holland drove in a run after two walks.

The game was tied at two in the top of the fifth, where the Ohio offense responded immediately in the bottom half. Michaela Dorsey led off with a two-strike single up the middle and Morgan Geno followed with her second home run of the season.

There were plenty of chances for Ohio to score throughout the game with nine hits and four walks, but eight were left on base along with a player caught stealing.

Stiene closed out the game strong despite throwing 125 pitches with three strikeouts in the final two innings.

Game 2

Ohio hit six home runs as it completed the sweep with a 22-7 win over Kent State in five innings.

Ohio wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with consecutive singles up the middle by Mikayla Cooper and Alex Day before Yun brought them in with her second home run of the day.

Day led the offensive explosion with two three-run homers as part of her five-hit, eight RBI game.

Holland continued the Bobcats best hitting day of the season with a two-hit, two-run game including her first home run as a Bobcat.

Every hitter contributed with nine different players getting hits along with four having multi-hit games. 

Despite only getting one hit, Taylor Saxton scored four runs by drawing three walks.

Geno homered for the second straight game and Natalie Alvarez hit a three-run shot for her first hit of the day.

Kendall Meeks started on the mound for the first time in conference and threw four innings allowing three earned runs.

Defensively, Ohio committed four errors, but was able to limit the chances Kent State had to score runs.

On Deck

The Bobcats return home for a three-game series against Akron on Friday and Saturday.

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