COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Dominican's softball team avoided the weather and completed its second straight home sweep, defeating Lake Superior State (Mich.) 3-0 and 6-0 Friday afternoon at Panther Field in both teams' GLIAC opener.
With their fourth consecutive win and fifth in the last six games, the Panthers moved to 8-10 on the year and 2-0 in conference play, while the Lakers fell to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC.
ODU jumped on LSSU early in the opener as freshman Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, OH) reached with a two-out walk and came around to score on a double to the left center fence from senior Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH).
The one run was all freshman starter Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, TX) would need as she scattered six hits and struck out four in the full seven innings of work for her third win in as many starts and second shutout, improving to 6-4 on the season.
The Panthers added a pair of insurance runs in the home half of the fourth as Crislip led off with a single through the left side and sophomore Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W.V.) followed with her first homerun of the season over the left field fence.
It was déjà vu for ODU in the nightcap as the Panthers once again swung the hot bat early, plating a pair of runs in the second and four more in the third. Jividen ripped a leadoff single up the middle to start the second, and following a successful sacrifice bunt from freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH), took third with her second stolen base of the year. Classmate Danyelle Delligatta (Sidney, OH) then brought her home with a single through the middle and freshman Kendall Lust (Marion, OH) followed with an RBI double to straightaway center, scoring Delligatta.
The Panthers tacked on four more insurance runs in the third as senior Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) opened with a single to left, stole second and advanced to third on a single back up the middle from Seeds. A perfect squeeze bunt by Crislip plated Chaney, Jividen singled to center for the second time to score Seeds, and following a Lakers' pitching change, Delligatta brought home Crislip with a base rip to right. In the ensuing at-bat, Delligatta worked her way into a successful run down between first and second that lasted just long enough for Jividen to come home for ODU's final tally.
Lust dazzled in the circle for the Panthers, retiring the first 17 LSSU batters she faced, before a base hit just past the outstretched glove of Jividen at shortstop broke up the perfect game bid. Lust allowed just the lone hit and fanned two on a meager 63 pitches for her second straight win and first shutout.
At the dish, Delligatta finished the day 4-of-5 with the two RBI and one run scored, while Jividen went 3-of-6 with three RBI and three runs scored.
ODU's homestand continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. as North Division foe Northwood (Mich.) visits Panther Field for the first time. For the latest updates on the Panthers and Ohio Dominican Athletics, be sure to visit our website, www.ohiodominicanpanthers.com.
Contact: Bryan Desch