Panther Pride: Top 12 Moments from 2011-12 (#4)

Panther Pride: Top 12 Moments from 2011-12 (#4)

Ohio Dominican was officially accepted as a member of NCAA Division II on July 8, 2011, and the athletic programs took another big step forward in the 2011-12 year. is counting down the top 12 moments from the past year.

No. 12 - Football Knocks Off Regionally Ranked Foes to Cap Season (June 4)
No. 11 - Women's Golf Scores Win at Qdoba Invite (June 5)
No. 10 – Home Cooking for ODU Softball Team
 (June 6)
No. 9 - GLIAC Preview Title Highlights Men's Golf Campaign (June 7)
No. 8 – Panthers Stun Grand Valley with 41-8 Run (June 8)
No. 7 – Men's Tennis Wins Out to Earn GLIAC Tourney Bid (June 11)
No. 6 – Men's Soccer Takes Down No. 18 Ashland (June 12)
No. 5 – First Meet, First Title for Men's Track Team (June 13)

No. 4 – Milestone Victories for Baseball, Softball Programs

The names Paul Page and Marcella Vanlandingham have been synonymous with Ohio Dominican athletics for a combined 42 years.

Page was hired in 1988 as the athletic director and baseball coach at Ohio Dominican and guided the program to new heights, making six NAIA World Series appearances and, at the time of ODU's transition to NCAA, leaving the NAIA ranks as one of the winningest coaches all-time.

Vanlandingham, meanwhile, took over the softball program in 1996 and led the Panthers to eight consecutive AMC titles, making NAIA World Series appearances in 2002 and 2005.

Both hit new milestones this season, though, as Page eclipsed 900 career wins and Vanlandingham surpassed the 500 mark.

The baseball team, squaring off against Wayne State on April 15, rallied from a pair of two-run deficits in the game that put Page at the 900 mark. Trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning, Austin Butler hit a two-run blast into the trees beyond the fence in left field to tie the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Christian Prince and Jake Simmerman both delivered run-scoring singles to take a 7-4 lead, and Nick Venditti – who entered in the sixth – worked a perfect seventh inning to close out the victory.

Prince (3-for-4, 2 R), Ryan Rovnak (2-for-4, 2 R) and Anthony Raschilla (2-for-3, RBI) all had big days at the plate, while Venditti needed just 24 pitches to retire all six hitters he faced.

The softball team, meanwhile, was in the midst of playing its eight-game homestand at the end of March when Northwood came to Columbus. The Panthers had already won the first four games of the homestand and were looking to keep their momentum moving forward.

After falling behind 4-0 early in the opener, the Panthers rallied for two runs in the fourth on an RBI triple by Alex Cribari and an RBI double by Danyelle Delligatta.

Still down 4-2 entering the home half of the seventh, Kendall Lust drilled a two-run single back up the middle to knot the game, and two batters later Delligatta knocked in Caitlin Jividen for the game-winning run.

In the second half of the doubleheader, it was all Panthers, as Kelsey Seeds and Kylee Crislip both homered and Lust tossed a complete game shutout in the circle to lead the Panthers to a 6-0 victory and give Vanlandingham her 500th career victory, setting off a celebration that included plenty of Silly String.

Contact: Scott Miles