COLUMBUS, Ohio — Extra innings in game one, a 4-2 deficit in game two and inclement weather to close the doubleheader didn't stop Ohio Dominican's softball team, which won a program-record 15th game in a row and extended the streak to 16 after a sweep of Trevecca by final scores of 3-2 (8 innings) and 5-4 on Saturday.
The hottest team in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, Ohio Dominican (26-15, 12-2 G-MAC) reached new heights for the program by earning its 16th win in a row. The previous high mark for the program was 14-straight, but the 2018 Panthers have swept their last eight opponents by a combined margin of 119-21. ODU is a spotless 14-0 in the month of April and is in the hunt for the G-MAC regular season championship with two weeks left in the regular season.
With the score tied at 2-2 with one out in the bottom of the eighth in game one, sophomore Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice. Freshman Aubrey Rolon (Hilliard, Ohio) came into pinch run for Barber. Rolon stole second and a collision near second base forced the ball to pop free from the Trojan fielder's glove. Rolon was able to get to third, which setup freshman Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) to record a sacrifice fly in the next at bat and score Rolon for the game-winning run, 3-2.
Earning the win in the circle was junior Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio), who pitched her 13th complete game of the season to pick up her 11th win. Lamping struck out four and is now 8-0 in her last eight outings.
Senior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) and junior Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) led the way. Both went 3-for-4 at the plate, with Kline stealing two bases and Mix recording two RBIs. Bales recorded the game-winning RBI, while senior Liz Sutter (Mansfield, Ohio) and sophomore Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) each notched hits.
After extending the win streak to a program-record 15th game after one, ODU wasn't done yet, overcoming a 4-2 deficit in dramatic fashion to rally for the win in the second contest. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Farmer came up with a play that will live in ODU softball lore. With one out, an 0-2 count and runners on the corners, Farmer hit a rocket to center field that found its way over the fence, scoring three to give Ohio Dominican a 5-4 lead.
Barber and the Panther defense were able to hold Trevecca scoreless for the remainder of what became a rainy contest. Barber induced a fly out to end the game, earning her 12th victory of the season and eighth-straight.
Farmer finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Bales and sophomore Landry Slider (Stow, Ohio) both notched one RBI, while Kline extended her hitting streak to seven games.
ODU will look to continue its winning ways when it travels to Ohio Valley for a conference doubleheader on Tuesday.
Contact: Aaron McPherson