Updated Sat, Apr 26, 2014 8:57 pm
Ohio and Akron recorded the same number of hits on Saturday, but the Bobcats couldn’t make theirs count Saturday, as the Zips took the first game of the weekend series, 2-0, at Lee Jackson Field.
The Zips (23-13, 8-5) struck quickly, recording a double during their first at-bat in the bottom of the second that gave Ohio (26-21, 10-5) a hint of things to come. Akron’s Taryn Allmon sent a triple to deep center field that brought home the game’s first run. A single followed shortly after to bring home the last run of the game.
Despite an eventful second inning, Savannah Jo Dorsey pitched a solid game, striking out eight batters – five in the first two innings – and allowing only four hits.
The four hits allowed proved too much for Ohio to overcome. The Bobcats showed many signs of life throughout the game; especially in the top of the third when it looked as if the Bobcats would mount an immediate response to the Zips’ two-run inning.
Alexia Cortez smacked a double to left center to start off the inning and stole third after Alyssa Wolfe struck out swinging. An Amanda Dalton walk and another stolen base put runners on second and third. Casie Hutchinson walked to load the bases with two outs.
That put Alexandria Basquez at the plate, but the slugger popped it up to second to end the most productive offensive stretch Ohio would have all game.