Panthers Earn Another Split at Charger Chillout

Rachael Stanzel
Rachael Stanzel

DECATUR, Ala. – For the second day in a row, Ohio Dominican's softball team split its pair of games at the UAH Ringor Charger Chillout, holding on to defeat Lander (S.C.) 4-3 in the opener, before getting touched up by West Georgia 13-4 in game two at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex on Saturday.

In game one, freshman starter Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, Texas) worked another solid performance in the circle, distributing seven hits over the full seven innings, including just four over the first six, while walking two and striking out three for her second win in as many days.

The Panthers' bats were relatively silent at the plate with only five hits, yet three Lander (6-6) errors and a passed ball allowed ODU to capitalize with the four runs, two in both the first and fourth innings.

After a scoreless six innings, the Bearcats made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out RBI double and two-run homerun to center, before Stanzel induced a groundout to third for the final score.

Four Panthers collected hits, led by junior Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) with two singles, while four players tallied one run, including freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) who matched Kelly Simms (2000-03) for the most times hit by pitch in a game since 2002 with three.

In the nightcap, it was ODU with the subpar fielding as five errors resulted in six unearned runs for West Georgia (3-2). The errors helped the Wolves send four runs across in the first inning and three in the sixth, while a combined 10 of their 14 total hits over the fifth and sixth frames resulted in the other six runs.

After 16 hits over the first three games of the year, the Panthers cranked out 13 against UWG, however with 11 runners left on base, including four in scoring position, ODU could not overcome the defensive miscues as the Wolves took the six-inning win.

Nine players recorded a hit for ODU, led by senior Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) who went 3-for-4 with three singles, one RBI and one run scored. Cribari and sophomore Rebekha Lucas (Laurelville, OH) each added a pair of hits and a run scored.

McCartney opened the scoring with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the first, scoring Sutter and Cribari. Freshman Taylor Thomas (Bellville, OH) tallied the team's first homerun of the season with a one out solo shot to centerfield in the third, while Sutter singled home Lucas in the fifth for the Panthers' final score.

With bad weather expected, ODU (2-2) closes out the Chillout tomorrow at 3 p.m. with one game against Augusta State (Ga.). The Panthers were previously slated for back-to-back games against Truman State (Mo.) and North Alabama. To stay up-to-date with the action in Alabama, be sure to visit the Charger Chillout homepage.

Contact: Bryan Desch