Game 1: Kent State 3, Ohio 1
In the opening round of the MAC-Tournament, Ohio (15-31) lost a low-scoring matchup to the number one seeded Kent State Golden Flashes (40-11) by a 3-1 score.
Pasadena, Texas native Lauren McClary started the game for Ohio and ended up with a no-decision after allowing one run in four innings.
Kent State got on the board in the opening inning when Kim Kirkpatrick knocked in her 25th run of the season with a RBI single to score Emily Dobbin to give the Golden Flashes a 1-0 lead.
Ohio would tie the game in the fifth inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by catcher Madison Claytor to score Casie Hutchinson, who reached base on a HBP to begin the inning.
The tied game was short-lived as Kent State would get a two-run double by Erika Warren off Bobcat reliever Sydney Compston to give the Flashes a 3-1 lead. Compston would get framed with her third loss of the season, giving up two runs in two innings pitched.
Kent State starter Emma Johnson was masterful as usual, allowing just one run on two hits and picking up her team-leading 22nd win of the season as her ERA dropped to just 0.98.
With the loss to Kent State, it set up an elimination game on Thursday morning against Western Michigan.
Game 2: Western Michigan 10, Ohio 2
In an elimination game against the Western Michigan Broncos (22-25), the Ohio Bobcats (15-32) season came to an end with a 10-2 loss in Akron, Ohio early Thursday morning.
Western Michigan would touch up Ohio starter Lauren McClary in the first inning, who would get framed with her 17th loss of the season, failing to get out of the opening frame.
In the first, the Broncos would plate four runs—all with two outs. Melissa Palmer and Kelsea Cichock would each tally RBI singles to give Western Michigan a 2-0 lead. Erin Binkowski would cap off the inning with a two run homerun to extend the Bronco lead to four.
Casie Hutchinson would get on base in the top of the 2nd inning for the Bobcats with a single to right field. She would score later on in the inning with an RBI groundout by catcher Madison Claytor to cut the Western Michigan lead to three at 4-1.
However, the Broncos would add two more runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Ivy Schaaf, followed by a throwing error by Claytor that squeaked into center field, allowing Sabrina Gamboa to score and give Western Michigan a 6-1 lead.
Claytor would score in the top of the fifth inning on a groundout by Sloan Walker, making the score 6-2 that ended up being the last run scored this season for the Bobcats.
In the bottom of the fifth, Western Michigan’s Marlee Wilson smashed a grand slam homerun to straight away center field to win the game for the Broncos by a 10-2 score.
Junior pitcher Allyson Kus kept the season alive for Western Michigan, pitching all five innings as she allowed two runs on three hits, picking up her ninth win of the season and evening her 2015 record to 9-9.
With the loss, it ends an unsuccessful 2015 season for Ohio as they finished with a 15-32 overall record. It marks the fewest wins by an Ohio softball team in the past 11 seasons, and the most losses for Ohio since losing 42 games in 2006.
Sloan Walker: led team in batting average (.336), hits (50), fewest strikeouts for anyone over 100 at bats
Casie Hutchinson: led team in RBI (35), doubles (14), 2nd in runs scored (28), 3rd in hits (39), slugging percentage (.426), and batting average (.281).
Kaylin Clarke: led team in on-base percentage (.409), 2nd in walks (17), 2nd in batting average (.324), led team with in wins (6).
Mikayla Cooper: led team in walks (18), 2nd in home runs (6), led team with 4.25 ERA (out of any pitcher w/ double-digit appearances)
Raven King: 1st in homeruns (8) and slugging percentage (.513)
Lauren McClary: Led team in– Pitching appearances (34), Pitching starts (21), innings pitched (108), and strikeouts (79).
Ohio graduates five seniors: McClary, Clarke, Timmie Rappe, King, and Dakota Pyles.