Panthers Open Home Slate with Five-Day, Eight-Game Swing

Panthers Open Home Slate with Five-Day, Eight-Game Swing

Weekly Notes

- With the Spring Break trip to the Lone Star state over, Ohio Dominican's softball team returns home for an eight-game, five-day homestand, beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 as Notre Dame (Ohio) visits Panther Field for the home opener.

Despite the warmer temperatures of the Texas sun, ODU's bats were kept cold as the Panthers dropped seven of eight contests on the Spring Break trip. ODU struggled to gain any offensive footing at the plate, recording only 12 runs, while hitting .168 (31-of-185) as St. Edward's (2-1, 2-0), Texas A&M Kingsville (9-1, 6-1) and Incarnate Word (8-2, 4-3) all collected the home doubleheader sweeps.

The Panthers snapped their seven-game skid on Thursday's finale at NAIA power Houston-Victoria with a 1-0 decision in game one of the twinbill. Sophomore Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) ripped a two-out single to left in the fifth inning, scoring senior Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) with the eventual game-winning run after Sutter reached with a lead-off single to center.

Senior Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) recorded nine of ODU's 31 hits for the week, going 9-of-21 (.429) with five RBI, two walks and a pair of multi-hit efforts. She also smacked her first homerun of the year, a one-out, solo shot to left in the fourth inning of Monday's opener at St. Edward's.

With three hits by pitch in Wednesday's opener at Incarnate Word, freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH), currently fourth in Division II 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 realized by Kelly Simms in 2002.

Contact: Bryan Desch