May 3, 2014
NIU 2-OU 6 Box Score
ATHENS, Ohio. - A four-run third inning by Ohio proved to the difference as the Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 6-2 setback to the Bobcats in the series opener at Ohio Softball Field Saturday.
The Huskies (22-29, 9-12) took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run home run by Kayti Grable (Santana, Calif./Santee) in the first inning. Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins), who scored on the Grable's team-leading ninth home run, became NIU's leader in career runs scored with 149, surpassing Jill Justin's mark of 148 set from 1986-89.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, that would be the lone bright spot on the day. Ohio (28-23, 12-7) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and broke the game wide open with a four-spot in the third.
Ohio pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey was dominant from the second inning on. Following the first inning, she allowed two hits and walked two while striking out 13.
"I don't know if we put too much pressure on ourselves to succeed and clinch [the MAC Tournament] today or what," said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe. "Doresy was very hittable, for whatever reason, she got the best of us today."
Bryanna Phelan (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) and Jordyn Bowen (Libertyville, Ill./Grayslake) were the only two other Huskies to tally a hit in the contest.
The Huskies conclude the regular season Sunday, when NIU concludes its series with Ohio for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker on NIUHuskies.com.
"We really have to go at it and leave it out on the field," Sutcliffe said of tomorrow's regular season finale. "Anything less than that, our season is probably going to be done. We have to figure out how to have a little more of everything tomorrow."