The Bowling Green State University softball team lost to Ohio
University on Sunday (April 13) afternoon, falling to the Bobcats by a score of
3-2 in the weekend series finale at the Ohio Softball Stadium. The Falcons
(16-21-1, 4-6 MAC) dropped their fourth game decided by one run, as the Bobcats
(23-17, 8-2 MAC) took both games from Bowling Green over the Mid-American
"Today was a tough loss for us," Falcons head coach Shannon Salsburg said. "I am proud of the fight we showed the entire game and we had opportunities the entire game."
The Falcons plated two runs on four hits in the game, as Amanda Durham, Madison Schrock, Chelsea Raker and Katie Yoho each went 1-for-3 in the game. Durham, who recorded her fifth multi-hit game of the season yesterday (April 12), went deep in the first inning for her first collegiate home run. Yoho added to her team-leading 37 hits for the season with a solo homer in the fourth, giving her six home runs and 21 RBI on the season.
Sophomore Braiden Dillow, who earned a no decision on the day, started in the circle for the Orange and Brown. The Lucasville, Ohio native allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of work. Dillow also struck out three Bobcats for the day. Junior Jamie Kertes (10-16), who was credited with a tough loss, pitched the final two innings, allowing one earned run and surrendered just three hits.
"Braiden (Dillow) and Jamie (Kertes) both pitched well and our defense was solid behind them," Salsburg said.
Unlike last night, the Falcons scored the game's first run in the first frame. Bowling Green's Durham continued her red-hot bat with a homer to center field. The home run marked her fourth RBI on the season, and her first collegiate homer of her young Falcon career.
Ohio came right back and knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the second inning. The Bobcats lead off the inning with a solo home run to plate their first run of the game. Dillow, however, settled down and retired the remainder of the side to get out of the inning deadlocked at one.
The Orange and Brown took control of the game once more with a run in the top half of the fourth inning. Long ball became a theme in the game, and it continued in the fourth when Yoho smacked a two-out homer over the left field fence, giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
However, the Bobcats once again clawed back with a game-tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk, Ohio hit back-to-back singles to plate their second run of the game. After scoreless half innings for each team in the sixth inning, Ohio scored the game-winning run in the seventh.
Ohio got the seventh inning started with consecutive singles through the left side. But Kertes forced two-straight outs before the Bobcats' Hutchinson drove a ball to right field. Freshman Haley Schrock's attempt at the ball came up just short, as Ohio scored the winning run.
"Haley had a shot at the ball that fell in for the game winning hit in right field," Salsburg said. Six inches more and we have a diving catch and are headed into extra innings."
In all, the game saw three lead changes and two ties in the seven innings played between the Falcons and Bobcats. The two teams also hit three home runs and accounted for a combined 12 hits and five runs.
"We continue to grow each game and look forward to getting back to work this week to prepare for the games ahead," Salsburg said.
The Falcons will be back in action in a mid-week affair, returning to Meserve Field this Wednesday (April 16) againt Detroit. The Orange and Brown will look to improve on their 3-1 mark on their home grass. The twin bill is set to begin at 1 p.m.