Cardinals Stymie Softball in San Antonio

Alex Cribari
Alex Cribari

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Offensive woes plagued Ohio Dominican's softball team for the third successive day as Incarnate Word took Wednesday afternoon's doubleheader from the Panthers, 8-2 and 4-3, at Cardinal Field in San Antonio.

The home sweep pushed the Cardinals to 14-9 overall and 10-6 at home, while ODU fell to 3-9 on the year with its seventh straight setback and sixth on its Texas road swing.

For the second game in a row, the Panthers got on the scoreboard first as senior Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) led off the first inning with a walk and advanced to second as freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) was hit by a pitch, one of three occasions in the game. Following a double steal, senior Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) plated Sutter with an infield groundout.

Aided by three walks, Incarnate Word countered with four runs in the second with a pair of run-scoring singles and a fielder's choice. The Cardinals took control of the game in the fifth, tacking on four more runs behind three base hits coupled with a pair of ODU errors and two wild pitches.

Following three straight innings with the side getting retired, the Panthers rallied with a run in the sixth as Cribari reached by another hit by pitch, advanced to third on an error and eventually scored on Crislip's single to centerfield. Sophomore Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W.V.) then singled up the middle to load the bases, yet Incarnate Word induced a pop up to second and strikeout to end the inning and thwart any ODU comeback chances.

Despite just three hits, the Panthers stranded seven runners on base, including five in scoring position. With her three hits by pitch, Cribari, one of the Division II leaders in the category, tied the ODU single-game record for the second time already this season and is now just two away from matching the single-season mark of nine by Kelly Simms in 2002.

The Cardinals carried over the momentum into game two with one run on two hits in the second frame and two runs on four hits in the third. After just one hit over the first four innings, ODU gathered steam in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. Sophomore Danyelle Delligatta (Sidney, OH) opened with a one-out single to right center and following an error by the third baseman in the next at-bat, came around score on freshman Kelsey Seeds' (Westerville, OH ) single to right. After a wild pitch left runners at second and third, Cribari plated the game-tying runs with a single to left, scoring Sutter and Seeds.

In the bottom of the sixth though, Incarnate Word was able to take advantage of an ODU error and ensuing wild pitch and passed ball with the go-ahead RBI single to center and then retired the side in order in the seventh to complete the twin killing.

The Panthers close out their Spring Break trip with a 2 p.m. (EST) doubleheader tomorrow at NAIA power Houston-Victoria.  

Contact: Bryan Desch