COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Dominican's softball team continues South Division play this week, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 with a home doubleheader clash with reigning GLIAC champion Tiffin, followed by two-game sets at division leader and rival Ashland on Thursday and Saturday.
The ebbs and flows of the season continued for the Panthers this past week as ODU dropped seven straight and seven of eight overall, including three of four in conference play.
Just the week prior, the Panthers ripped off eight straight at home, while starting 6-0 in the GLIAC, yet struggled to gather any rhythm last week in sweeps to Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, 6-5 (8)/4-2, No. 2 Indianapolis on Thursday, 3-1/8-1, and Wayne State on Saturday, 6-0/22-4 (5). Following a 9-3 setback to the Warriors on Sunday, ODU's offense finally came alive and the Panthers survived a late scare for the 14-13 series finale win.
ODU recorded runs in each inning and cranked out season highs of 16 hits and 14 runs in the win as seven Panthers tallied a multi-hit or multi-RBI effort. Junior Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) matched her collegiate best and tied the ODU single-game record with four hits, all singles, going 4-of-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Freshmen Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) and Kendall Lust (Marion, OH) each notched three base knocks with Cribari scoring a game and season-high four times and Lust driving in a pair.
Despite just one hit, freshman Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, OH) drove in a season-best four runs and scored twice, while seniors Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) and Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) each posted three-RBI efforts, going a combined 3-of-5 in the game.
Senior Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) collected a team-best nine hits for the week, going a combined 9-of-21 (.429) with four runs scored, while Crislip had seven RBI and moved into first in the GLIAC with her team-leading sixth and seventh homeruns this season.
With five HBPs, Cribari, moved into first with the new ODU single-season record of 14, just two away from equaling the career mark set by Kelly Simms (2000-03). Cribari, ranked in the top-5 in Division II, has already tied the Panthers' single-game record of three HBPs on three separate occasions.
Contact: Bryan Desch