The 2012-13 season was another landmark year for Ohio Dominican athletics as the athletic programs took another step forward in the NCAA Division II ranks. OhioDominicanPanthers.com is counting down the top moments from the past year.
#13 - Women's Tennis Claims Dramatic Win Over Tiffin (June 17)
#12 – Men's Basketball Overtime Win at Central State (June 18)
#11 – Baseball Braves Elements, Walks Off Winners (June 19)
#10 – Volleyball Rallies in Five in Longest GLIAC Match of Season (June 20)
#9 – Walker Rewrites Cross Country Record Books (June 21)
#8 – Women's Soccer Team Wins in Dramatic Fashion (June 24)
#7 – Softball Captures Wild 18-17 Home Opening Win
Ohio Dominican's softball team was dominant at home during the 2012 season, but it appeared as though the 2013 campaign would be off to a rough start.
In their home opener against Concordia (Mich.), the Panthers jumped to a 3-0 lead as Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W. Va.) blasted a three-run homer in the first inning, only to see the Cardinals tie the score at 3-3 and then blast to a 15-3 lead after a 12-run fifth inning.
With the Panthers facing a mercy, ODU responded in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring nine runs on eight hits to cut the deficit to 15-12.
The momentum kept going for the hot-hitting Panthers as they scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Taylor Thomas (Bellville, Ohio) smacked a single through the right side of the field, scoring Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, Ohio) and Kelsey Albanese (Westerville, Ohio). With the bases loaded, Brier Sanner (Hartville, Ohio) came through, doubling and advancing to third after the throw, scoring all three base runners. She then scored from third after a wild pitch and the Panthers found themselves with the lead at 18-15.
With nightfall threatening, and the temperature dropping, the Cardinals rallied for a comeback in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs and cutting the lead to one, 18-17 but Brandis Fishel (Gahanna, Ohio) and the Panther defense held on for the win, and game one of the doubleheader was in the books.
The game featured 35 total runs on 39 hits. The 18 runs represented the most the Panthers have scored since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2010.
The three hour and two minute affair caused the second game of the doubleheader to end in a tie due to darkness, a first for head coach Marcella Vanlandingham.