April 26, 2014

Softball puts away MAC leader Ohio, 2-0

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AKRON, Ohio -- A clean defensive game for Akron and a pair of RBI from Taryn Allmon and McKenzi Rhodes helped the Zips to defeat Mid-American Conference leader Ohio, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field.

UA scored both of its runs in the bottom of the second inning, but it was enough to put away the Bobcats to improve to 23-13 overall and 8-5 in the MAC. Two of the Zips' four hits on the day were for extra bases.

Erin Seiler went the distance in the circle for Akron, moving her record to 16-6 overall for the season. The sophomore scattered four hits and struck out six in her 19th complete game. She also forced Ohio (26-21, 10-5 MAC) into a pair of inning-ending double plays on the day. In her last four MAC outings, Seiler has allowed just one earned run.

After Ohio starting pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey struck out the Akron side in the bottom of the first, Jessica Schneider led off the second with a double to right field. She advanced to third on the ensuing sacrifice bunt from Kellie Roudabush, bringing Allmon to the plate.

Allmon ripped the first pitch she saw over the center fielder's head, easily scoring Schneider and extending it into her first triple of the season. A two-out infield single off the bat of Rhodes pushed Allmon across, and with those three hits the Zips found their 2-0 lead.

Ohio threatened to retaliate in the top of the third with runners on second and third and just one out. Seiler issued a strikeout and then a walk to load the bases, but the Bobcats would leave them juiced as the Zips' ace forced Ohio's cleanup hitter to pop up and end the rally attempt.

UA's only other hit of the day came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Roudabush knocked a single through the left side, extending her hitting streak to 13-straight games.

The Zips will look to sweep the series with Ohio in Sunday's finale at Lee Jackson. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.