COLUMBUS, Ohio — Having won 22 of it last 26 games overall, Ohio Dominican's softball team prepares for postseason competition with the 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament starting Thursday at Athletes in Action Sports Complex in Xenia, Ohio.
The Panthers (32-19, 18-6 G-MAC) finished third in the regular season conference standings and will begin their quest for a conference championship on Thursday at 12 p.m. Third-seeded ODU will face the sixth-seeded Davis & Elkins Senators (15-18-1, 10-9-1 G-MAC) in the first round before facing either the winner or loser of the Findlay/Kentucky Wesleyan matchup. The G-MAC Tournament is scheduled to be double-elimination, and a win over D&E would propel the Panthers into the semifinals of the winner's bracket with a 4 p.m. contest with either Findlay or Kentucky Wesleyan.
In its last contests of the regular season, Ohio Dominican split with Findlay, earning a 5-3 win over the Oilers in game two. At 32 wins, the Panthers have reached their highest win total since 2006 and their 19-game win streak between March 31-April 22 was the longest in NCAA Division II. ODU earned three wins over top 25 opponents this season, sweeping Indianapolis while also topping Southern Indiana in non-conference play.
As a team, ODU enters the G-MAC Tournament fourth in batting average (.303), third in hits (407), second in runs (265) and RBIs (238) while also ranking fifth in ERA (2.84) in the conference. Several Panthers boast high statistical marks in the conference, with senior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) leading the G-MAC with 38 stolen bases. She boasts 144 stolen bases for her career and broke the program record for steals in an April 25 doubleheader sweep of Ohio Valley. Kline also leads the Panthers in batting average heading into the postseason at .374.
Junior pitcher Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio) is sixth in the Great Midwest in ERA at 2.13, with sophomore Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) coming in at ninth at 2.49. Barber is also fourth in the conference in strikeouts at 97. She boasts a .360 batting average with 32 RBIs, sixth-most in the G-MAC. Leading the team and ranking second in the conference in RBIs is sophomore Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio), who has tallied 38 for the year.
Full coverage of the 2018 G-MAC Tournament is available on the championship coverage page.
Contact: Aaron McPherson