Updated Sun, Feb 17, 2013 6:08 pm
In the Bobcats’ third game of the Easton Desert Classic, hitting proved to be the deciding factor, as Ohio topped Louisiana-Monroe, 15-6.
The Bobcats came out of the gates firing with a two-run blast by senior Caitlin Corvin in the top of the first, but the Warhawks came back to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame.
The game went back and forth until the fifth inning where the Bobcats roughed up ULM’s Stephanie Routzon to the tune of seven runs in the top of the frame.
Lauren Gellerman started the rally with a two-run single, scoring Alyssa Wolfe and Alexia Cortez. After a few walks and RBIs by Wolfe and Adrienne Gebele, Ohio’s lead ballooned to nine and proved to be too much for the Warhawks to overcome.
Gellerman lead the way for her team with two hits and four RBIs. When the senior was behind the plate, she caught for sophomore Lauren McClary and freshman Savannah Jo Dorsey.
McClary was pulled after giving up four runs in two innings of work, but Dorsey’s substitution stabilized Ohio’s defensive efforts. The freshman gave up only one run, while striking out five Warhawks in her four innings on the mound.
With the loss, UL-Monroe drops to 5-4 on the year and will look to end their two-game losing streak against Murray State on Feb. 22.
As for the Bobcats, the win moves them to 7-1 on the season, and they will look to win their last game in Las Vegas as they take on No. 19 UCLA at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.