*Release courtesy of sports information assistant Patrick Haines
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican softball team won its first two home games of the season, sweeping Notre Dame (Ohio) in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday. The Panthers won their opening game 5-2 and continued their strong hitting, taking the second game, 6-3.
Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) broke out of her slump with a phenomenal day at the plate, going four of six with two runs and an RBI, while Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) went two for four, scored four runs and tallied an RBI.
Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead in game one, scoring a single run in the top of the first, but the Panthers countered with two in the bottom of the inning and would never relinquish their lead. McCartney opened the scoring for Ohio Dominican with a leadoff and stole second to get herself into scoring position. McCartney would advance to third on a hit by Chaney and scored on a sacrifice hit by Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, OH). Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) added the second run with a solo homer, her second of the season.
The Panthers struck again in the bottom of the second with McCartney again crossing the plate, with the RBI credited to Chaney. The top of the third saw Notre Dame add a run as well, but ODU put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning. A long single to right field by the pitcher, Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, TX), brought home Danyelle Delligatta (Sidney, OH) and Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) to solidfy the 5-2 victory.
Stanzel pitched all seven innings, allowing just two runs on eight hits and striking out two to improve her record to 5-4.
Ohio Dominican came out in game two rolling on all cylinders and were in control throughout. McCartney and Chaney got into the action again, as both reached base in their first at-bats before double stealing second and third. Starting pitcher Kendall Lust (Marion, OH) singled through the left side to bring in both runners, then scored a run of her own on a sacrifice by Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W.V.).
Jividen would add another RBI to her tally in the third, scoring Chaney from second after a double. McCartney added an RBI to her three runs scored with a double in the fourth that scored Rebekha Lucas (Laurelville, OH). Crislip would then score McCartney once again with a sharp line drive at the shortstop.
Notre Dame would grab three runs late in the game, but strong pitching and defense sealed the win. Lust picked up her first win of the season, throwing five scoreless innings. Seeds pitched two innings of relief to finish the game, allowing four hits and striking out two.
The Panthers will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 23rd, as they continue their home stand with their GLIAC opening doubleheader against Lake Superior State (Mich.).
Contact: Bryan Desch