Updated Fri, Apr 5, 2013 8:29 pm
The Bobcats traveled to Toledo to take on the Toledo Rockets in a doubleheader on Friday. Game one was a barnburner as the Rockets gained the upper hand on a walk-off single from Morgan Smith to win 4-3.
The walk-off single was Smith’s second RBI of the night as she knocked in Erinn Wright, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Courtney McCarthy started the scoring in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off home run tying the game at 3. It was McCarthy’s fourth home run of the year along with her 17th RBI and 24th hit. Smith’s two RBI’s were her 10th and 11th of the season.
The Bobcats defense played bend-but-don’t-break softball for most of the game.
Lauren McClary allowed 12 hits but was able to get out of a few jams as nine of those base runners made it into scoring position.
The defense finally broke in the bottom of the fourth, allowing two runs, and then again in the seventh, giving up the tying and game winning run. With the loss McCary falls to 7-6 on the year.
The pitching was on for the Rockets as Maria Gooding picked up her third win of the season, allowing three runs on five hits.
The Bobcat bats were quiet other than that of Lauren Gellerman, who had three of the team’s five hits. Two of those hits were solo blasts from Gellerman who continues to be one of the hottest hitters for the Bobcats. The two home runs were her 11th and 12th on the season.
Savannah Jo Dorsey led the way for the Bobcats and pitched a gem in the process. The freshman helped the ‘Cats comeback from a tough first-game loss by throwing a complete game.
Dorsey got into her first and only jam in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Rockets got runners on second and third with only one out. She continued her hot streak, striking out the next two batters she faced to get out of the inning.
Dorsey finished the game with seven strikeouts and picked up her ninth win of the season.
Caitlin Colvin led the way for the Bobcats in the second game of the doubleheader with two home runs. She homered in the first and third inning giving her a grand total of 15 home runs on the year. She is continuing to run away with the record for the most home runs in season and setting the bar extremely high for her team.
Colvin finished the game with three hits and four RBI’s.
Toledo’s fielding had struggles in both games combining for eight errors on the day. The continuous fielding errors led to the Bobcats scoring three unearned runs over the course of the doubleheader.
The Bobcats are 18-13 on the year, and continue their road trip as they take on Bowling Green (17-11) tomorrow at 2 p.m. The ‘Cats look to carry their strong pitching into tomorrow’s game and end Bowling Green’s five-game win streak.