DETROIT, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's softball team ran into a fresher, more upbeat Wayne State (Mich.) squad and suffered its first two conference losses of the year, falling 6-0 and 22-4, Saturday afternoon at the WSU Softball Stadium.
The Warriors (12-14, 4-4 GLIAC) playing just their first games of the week, took advantage of the wearied Panthers, who were playing their fifth and sixth contests in four days, with scoring innings of five, eight and nine runs to pick up to the home sweep.
ODU was held to just three baserunners in game one as Warriors' starting pitcher Sam Cain was overpowering in the circle, needing only 62 pitches to earn the three-hit, complete game shutout.
Red-shirt freshman Kendall Lust (Marion, OH) took the setback despite allowing only two earned runs on nine hits as she fell to 4-7 on the year.
It was all Wayne State in game two as the Warriors plated three runs in the first and never looked back, overpowering the Panthers for the 22-4, five-inning victory. The 22 runs was the most ever given up by ODU in program history, while the 18-run margin of defeat matched the worst loss by a Panthers' squad, equaling an 18-0 road setback to Bethel (Ind.) back on March 24, 1995.
Senior Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) went 2-of-3 at the plate in the game, recording her second homerun of the season with solo blast to left center in the third, while classmate Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) drove in two of the four scores with a single to left in the first.
ODU (12-16, 6-2 GLIAC) is back at it at 12 p.m. tomorrow as the Panthers close out the four-game weekend set with the Warriors. Live stats are available at http://www.sidearmstats.com/waynestate/softball/scoreboard.aspx.
Contact: Bryan Desch