COLUMBUS, Ohio — With a 16-game win streak that has included a margin of victory of 119-21 over its last eight opponents, Ohio Dominican's softball team enters this week as one of the hottest teams in NCAA Division II and prepares to face Ohio Valley, Ursuline and Lake Erie in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play.
The Panthers (26-15, 12-2 G-MAC) travel to Ohio Valley on Thursday, April 19 before playing host to Ursuline on Saturday, April 21 and Lake Erie Sunday, April 22. The doubleheader against the Storm on Sunday will be Friends of Jaclyn Day, the team's annual benefit day for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and recognition of honorary team member, Reagyn Semler.
Unbeaten in the month of April, ODU is the hottest team in the G-MAC and one of the hottest in the nation. The only team that boasts a longer win streak in NCAA Division II is Grand Valley State at 21 wins in a row, with the Panthers and Lock Haven tied for the second-longest win streak at 16 games.
Ohio Dominican has dominated its last eight opponents and starting pitchers Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio) and Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) have been absolutely lights out. During the streak, Lamping boasts a 1.10 ERA with eight wins and seven complete games in 51 innings pitched. Barber has also earned eight-straight wins in the circle and holds a 1.64 ERA with 36 strikeouts and six complete games during the span.
The hitting for ODU during the streak has been exceptional, with three Panthers batting over .400. In her last 16 games, senior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) is batting .450 with 27 hits and seven triples. On the season, Kline leads the Great Midwest with nine triples and 29 stolen bases. With 135 stolen bases in her Panther career, she needs just seven to break the program record for career stolen bases that's held by Tabitha Furlong at 141.
Batting .417 over the last 16 games in addition to her excellent work in the circle is Barber, who has notched four doubles and three home runs in the last eight doubleheaders for the Panthers. She's fifth in the Great Midwest in RBIs this season with 28 thus far.
Junior Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) has also been excellent at the dish during the streak, boasting a .405 batting average, 17 hits and a team-high 17 RBIs.
Earning Great Midwest Player of the Week honors was sophomore Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio), who boasts a 12-game hit streak and finished last week 12-for-25 at the dish. She notched six RBIs, three home runs and a slugging percentage of .960.
Ohio Dominican is currently tied with Cedarville for second place in the G-MAC and just back of Findlay (21-16, 11-1 G-MAC), who the Panthers will host in the final doubleheader of the regular season on Sunday, April 29.
Contact: Aaron McPherson