Ohio beats MT softball 3-2
Bobcats out hit Blue Raiders 15-5February 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Kayla Toney hit her second home run in as many days, yet the Middle Tennessee (4-9) softball team lost its third game of the Frost Classic 3-2 to Ohio (10-1) Saturday.
Middle Tennessee surrendered 15 hits to the Bobcats, while tallying only six. Starting pitcher Shelby Stinnett (1-4) pitched through the first 3.2 innings and allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out one. Junior pitcher Caitlin McClure came in relief to close the final 3.1 innings, holding the Bobcats to no runs with two strike outs.
Both teams opened the second day of the Frost Classic going down 1-2-3 through the first inning. Ohio started the top of the second with back-to-back singles to left field by Alexandria Basquez and Madison Claytor. After a fielder's choice, the runners advanced to second and third with one out. The Bobcat's Clarke hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the game, giving Ohio the 1-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the second.
MT went down in the bottom of the second with only one hit and quickly did the same to the Ohio batters in the top of the third. In the bottom half of three, McKena Miller hit a single to shortstop, tallying one of the five Blue Raider hits on the day. Following Miller was Toney, who hit a two-run blast and gave MT the 2-1 lead.
Starting the top of the fourth, Ohio produced two quick outs on a strike out and foul out. Stinnett still inside the circle faced Adrienne Gebele, who was the first of back-to-back doubles. After a Kaylin Clarke double and the contest knotted at 2-all, Dakota Pyles singled to right center to plate Clarke for the go ahead and final run of the game.
Toney has tallied five RBI throughout the first two days of the Frost Classic and finished the game against Ohio 1-for-4 at the plate. Miller and Laura Dukes each recorded multiple hits, both going 2-for-3 at the dish. MT committed no errors while leaving five runners on base.
Middle Tennessee is scheduled to play Northwestern State at 12:30 p.m. (CT).
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