April 27, 2014

Offense shines in Softball's 9-0 victory over Ohio

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AKRON, Ohio -- Jessica Schneider belted a walk-off three-run home run in the sixth inning to highlight Akron's decisive 9-0 victory over Ohio on Sunday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field.

After shutting out Ohio for the second time in as many days, Akron improved its record to 24-13 overall and 9-5 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Bobcats slipped to 26-22 and 10-6 in league play.

Schneider's longball was her fourth of the season and capped off a strong showing for the senior at the plate. The Zips' first baseman was 2-for-3 with three RBI, a pair of runs scored and a double.

Jessica Reiman also swung the bat well for UA, coming up with a two-RBI single to center field just before Schneider's homer ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Zips would score five runs on just three pitches in what proved to be the final frame.

Erin Seiler recorded the win in the circle, shutting down Ohio's offense for the second-straight day. The sophomore ace scattered five hits and struck out five in her six innings of work, in addition to forcing the Bobcats into their third inning-ending double play of the weekend.

Tying her win total from last season with an overall record of 17-6, Seiler has now thrown 25 consecutive scoreless innings against MAC opponents.

Akron got on the board early and often, facing Ohio starter Savannah Jo Dorsey for the second day in a row. The first run of the day came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Erin Pond in the bottom of the second, driving home Schneider who led off the inning with a first-pitch double to the gap in right center field.

The Zips struck again in the third inning, when Savannah Fruin laid a bunt down the first base line for a single and eventually scored on a two-out single from Chelsea Wildey.

Ohio had a chance to retaliate in the top of the fourth inning, working Seiler for a pair of walks and loading the bases with just one out. The Bobcats would pinch hit for their leadoff hitter, but Seiler worked her magic in the circle and forced a double play to preserve the shut out.

Carrying a 3-0 advantage into the sixth, UA made the most of three Ohio errors to set the stage for Reiman and Schneider's two big hits and triple its lead to end the game.

Akron will step away from conference play for one final time when it hosts Horizon League foe Cleveland State in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. The Zips are set to close out the homestand and the regular season next weekend when they welcome Northern Illinois and Western Michigan to Lee Jackson.