Updated Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:07 pm
Ohio was set to play in the Georgia Softball Classic before adverse weather forced the Bobcats to make a last minute change. Ohio now will travel to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., to participate in the fourth annual Osprey Invitational.
Ohio will play four games over two days on Saturday and
Sunday. On Saturday, the Bobcats are set to face Savannah State at 10:00 a.m. and Southern Illinois at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Bobcats will duke it out with Troy at 10 a.m. and host North Florida at 2:30 p.m.
The Troy Trojans, led at the plate by catcher Allison Miam and outfielder Erica Davis, come in with a 2-2-1 record. The Bobcats will likely see either Jaycee Affeldt or Ashley Rainey on the mound in their Saturday morning matchup.
The Savannah State Tigers come in at 3-1. Ohio will likely face off against either Amanda Hallman or Amanda McDowell on the mound. Hallman has been the Tigers’ standout performer, going 2-0 on the mound with a 1.12 ERA and also hitting .533 at the plate.
North Florida sports a 4-1 record, and is led by pitcher Cortney Radke, who in two starts has pitched two complete games. She earned victories in both, and allowed only one run. Marissa Thomas leads the way for the North Florida batters, hitting at a .467 pace. The matchup with the Ospreys is the first in Ohio’s history.
The Southern Illinois Salukis come in at 2-2, having pitched four players this season that have accounted for a 5.32 team ERA. Taylor Harris, Kelsey Gonzalez and Shaye Harre have been the most consistent Saluki hitters.
The Bobcats have plated 33 runs in four games and have seven players who have collected at least four hits. Five of those seven are hitting at a .400 clip or above.
The pitching staff is led by sophomore Savannah Jo Dorsey. She has pitched 19 innings, given up 12 just hits and struck out 28 opposing batters. Her 1.89 ERA and three wins are also tops on the team.
Ohio is now 4-0 for the first time since 1996 and it is in good shape to extend that streak.