Decisive Road Trip Through Michigan in Store for Panthers Softball

Caitlin Jividen (Photo courtesy of Daniel Desch)
Caitlin Jividen (Photo courtesy of Daniel Desch)

Weekly Notes

With first place on the line and GLIAC tournament seeding up for grabs, the Panthers head to Michigan this weekend for a six-game, three-day road swing with stops at No. 17 and North Division leader Grand Valley State on Friday, Ferris State on Saturday and Hillsdale on Sunday.

On a Tuesday, ODU picked up two division wins over visiting Lake Erie, cruising to a 9-1, six-inning win in the opener and rallying late in the nightcap, 5-2, for the sweep.

The Panthers sent across nine runs on 13 hits in game one as four players tallied multi-hit efforts and three others accounted for multi-RBI efforts. Junior Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) led the way going 3-of-4 with a pair of runs scored, while seniors Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) and Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) and sophomore Rebekha Lucas (Laurelville, OH) each collected two hits.

Sophomore Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, WV) and freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) plated three runs apiece and senior Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) added two with her first of two homeruns on the day.

With her third straight complete game and 15th overall, freshman Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, OH) nailed down the win in the circle, striking out three and allowing the just the one earned run on five hits to improve her record to 11-8.

In game two, ODU rallied with four runs over the final two frames, including a two-run homer to left by Crislip for the come-from-behind win. Cribari, Crislip, Sutter and freshman Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, OH) all generated two hits in game two. McCartney extended her hit streak to a team season best nine games with a single to center in the third, while Crislip's pair of homers on the day moved her into first in the GLIAC rankings and into a fifth place tie in the program's all-time single-season top-10, just two shy of third.

Freshman starter Kendall Lust (Marion, OH) made sure the score would hold as she kept Lake Erie hitless for the final two innings for her sixth win on the rubber.  Lust surrendered the lone earned run on four hits, while sitting down one and walking none on 81 pitches to move to 6-9.

At 12-6 in conference play, the Panthers are currently one game back of South Division leader Ashland as well as one game behind in the overall standings, shared by both the Eagles and Grand Valley State at 14-6.

Bryan Desch