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Taylor Saxton and the Ohio dugout cheer on their teammates during Ohio's against Akron on April 13.

Softball: Battle for the Bell gives Ohio a break from MAC games

Ohio will get a break from conference play and host Marshall on Tuesday for a single game between teams with contrasting styles of how to score runs. 

Over the weekend, Ohio won two of three against Miami. Two of the games went to extra innings. It was just the second loss in Mid-American Conference play for the Bobcats who have been overpowering the opposition with solid pitching and home runs. 

Danielle Stiene lowered her ERA to under 2.00 with two complete games for the Bobcats, throwing 18 innings and striking out 16 RedHawks, including a 1-0 ,11-inning victory. Ohio has not lost a game that Stiene has pitched in since March 16, a span of 22 games in which she has pitched 14 times.

Morgan Geno led the Bobcats in the series with three home runs to bring her total to six for the season and the team total up to 45.

The Marshall report

Marshall is coming off two of three losses to Western Kentucky in Conference USA play. Ohio and Marshall last met in 2016, splitting a doubleheader. 

Marshall is ahead 37-23 in the series history. The Thundering Herd are are 11-9-1 in conference play and 23-24-1 on the season.

As a team, Marshall is hitting .276 as a team and is reliant on stolen bases with 107 in 135 attempts. Ohio is allowing opponents to hit only .238, with just 25 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

Freshman Aly Harrell is the biggest threat at the plate for the Thundering Herd with nine home runs and 38 RBIs. She leads the team with a .365 batting average and an on base percentage of .476, while striking out only six times all season.

Leading the way in the circle is Abigail Tolbert with a 2.99 ERA and 10 complete games. She does not rely on strikeouts: She has only 79 in 143 innings. She's allowed hitters to only a .256 batting average against.

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