BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's softball team withstood a five-run, sixth inning in game two against Ferris State to earn a 8-6 win and collect the key conference split Saturday at the FSU Softball Field. The Bulldogs used a strong pitching effort to take a 3-0 decision in the opener.
The split moved the Panthers' record to 19-23 and 13-9 and fourth place tie in the overall GLIAC standings, while Ferris State now sits at 21-19 and sixth the conference ledger.
After the offense was stalled in game one, ODU's bats came around in the finale with eight runs on 13 hits, led by a 3-of-4 effort from sophomore Danyelle Delligatta (Sidney, OH). Seniors Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) and Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) and freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) all tallied a pair of hits in the win.
The Panthers held an 8-1 lead following a four-run fifth frame that saw nine batters come to the plate. Singles by Crislip, Delligatta and freshman Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, TX) loaded the bases with one out for freshman Taylor Thomas (Bellville, OH) who drew an RBI walk. Sophomore Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, WV) then brought home Delligatta with a sacrifice fly to left and classmate Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) followed with a two-run double, also to left field.
ODU's first two runs came via a double to center from Thomas in the second inning that scored Delligatta and Sutter after the duo reached on a pair of singles. In the third, the Panthers plated two more scores as Cribari raced home on a two-bagger to right center by senior Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH). A two-out base hit through the middle by Delligatta scored Chaney for the 4-1 advantage.
The game was made a little more interesting than ODU would have liked in the sixth as Ferris State's first two batters advanced to second and third after a lead off double and infield error. Back-to-back singles and a fielders' choice scored two and left runners at first and second. Junior Lainee Clay than delivered a three-run shot over the fence to pull the Bulldogs within two, 8-6, yet Stanzel regrouped in the circle, inducing a flyout and earning a called third strike to end the at-bat. Stanzel shut down Ferris State in order in the seventh for her team-leading 12th victory of the season.
Junior Bulldogs' pitcher Dana Bowler was the dominating presence on the rubber in the opener, holding ODU to just three hits, while fanning seven and walking four. Ferris State ensured run support would not be an issue for Bowler as the Bulldogs sent across seven runs on 10 hits, including five scores over the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach.
Sutter collected two of the three base hits for ODU to finish the day a combined 4-of-7 at the plate and broke up Bowler's no-hit bid with a one-out single in the fifth.
The Panthers conclude the Michigan road trip tomorrow with a 12 p.m. conference matchup at Hillsdale.
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