GLIAC Preview: Fourth-Seeded Panthers to Meet Ferris State in First Round

GLIAC Preview: Fourth-Seeded Panthers to Meet Ferris State in First Round

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- Riding a six-game win streak, the fourth-seeded Ohio Dominican softball team heads to the double-elimination GLIAC Tournament (April 27-29) for the first time with a 10 a.m. matchup Friday, April 27 against fifth-seeded Ferris State (Mich.) at Iriti Field at the Marathon Diamonds Complex in Findlay.

The teams split the season series in Big Rapids back on April 14 as the Bulldogs took game one, 7-0, and the Panthers held on in game two, 8-6, after sporting an 8-1 lead through five innings.

Based on the results in the opener, the Panthers will then meet top-seed Grand Valley State (Mich.) or eighth seed Northwood (Mich.) at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. in either the winners' or losers' bracket.

The postseason tournament bid is the 20th in program history and first since 2010 when ODU participated in the A.I.I. Tournament in Victoria, Texas.

Tuesday Recap: ODU closed the regular season on a high note Tuesday afternoon, besting visiting division foe Lake Erie, 4-3 and 10-0 (5), at Panther Field. The Panthers remained unbeaten all-time against the Storm at 12-0 with the series sweep and concluded the regular season at 26-26 overall and 20-12 in the GLIAC. 

Consecutive singles across the outfield in the fourth inning of game on by freshman Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH), sophomore Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, WV), and freshman Taylor Thomas (Bellville, OH) resulted in the first score. Sophomore Rebekha Lucas (Laurelville, OH) followed with a two-run double over the leftfielder's head to put ODU on top 3-1. 

In the seventh, three walks and a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases for the Panthers. With Lake Erie's pitcher on the ropes, Cribari inched closer to the plate and on a 2-0 pitch, took one off the outside foot for the unconventional walk-off win. 

Cribari powered ODU at the dish in game two, going 4-of-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Playing in their final home game of their careers, the class of 2012 members Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH), Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) and Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) each finished 3-of-4 with an extra base hit and at least one RBI. Sutter drove in one run to go along with three runs scored; Chaney collected two RBI and two runs scored; and Crislip also drove in a pair.

Junior Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) also went 3-of-4 in the game with two runs scored as the top four Panthers in the lineup combined to go 12-of-16 with five RBI and seven of ODU's 10 total runs.

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