UL Softball Preview: Ohio
The 25th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team will take on the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday at 5:30 pm, in their fourth game of the Gulfport College Classic in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Ohio will head into the Gulfport College Classic with an overall record of 12-1, with wins over Presbyterian, UNC Greensboro, South Carolina, Iowa, Savannah St., Southern Illinois, Troy, North Florida, Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee, Butler, and Northwestern St., while suffering their only setback to Tennessee Tech, and that loss was in extra innings (6-5).
The Bobcats are hitting a .332 as a team, with seven homers, 58 RBI’s, and 16 stolen bases.
Offensively, Ohio is led by junior right fielder Adienne Gebele, who is hitting a .476, along with one home run, and nine RBI’s.
Coming off a season in which she hit a .298, with 11 home runs, and 29 runs batted in a season ago, Gebele is a fixture in the Bobcats' line-up.
Freshman catcher Madison Claytor is off to an impressive start, hitting a .432, along with two homers, and nine runs batted in.
Ohio has a versatile line-up, with a lot of gap hitters, along with some power, and better than average speed.
They can hurt you in various ways, so UL will need a good performance from one, or more, of their pitchers.
Pitching-wise, Ohio brings in an overall team ERA. of 2.03 into the tournament.
Sophomore right-hander Savannah Jo Dorsey, who threw 177.1 innings in 2013, is 9-1, with a 2.04 ERA. this season.
Dorsey has recorded 66 strikeouts in 57.1 innings, and has limited the opposition to a .157 batting average against.
Junior right-hander Lauren McClary is 2-0, with a 2.90 ERA., along with 27 strikeouts, and only eight walks, in 31 innings of work.
The Bobcats, two-time MAC defending champions, have a quality club. Sure, their schedule hasn't been the toughest, but they are a team that is experienced, and has had past success. This tournament will give them the opportunity to have some success against ranked teams like Louisiana and South Alabama, and prove themselves to the rest of the softball world.
Louisiana will play twice on Friday, against UTSA (11 am) and Baylor (5 pm), twice more on Saturday, against Chattanooga (2:30 pm) and Ohio (5:30 pm), and once on Sunday, against Memphis (10:30 am).
You can hear all of the UL games on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com, beginning with the pre-game show 15 minutes prior to first-pitch for each game.