COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican softball team returns to the field this week to play eight games in five days, including a nonconference game against Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Panthers will then return to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Friday when the team travels to Northwood for a doubleheader.
The Panthers welcome Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 2 for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at Panther Field, followed by a road trip to Midland, Mich. for a GLIAC doubleheader against Northwood on Friday starting at 3:30 p.m. The Panthers will stay in Michigan on Saturday to face off against Saginaw Valley, and will return home on Sunday to welcome Wayne State starting at noon.
Ohio Dominican (10-18, 6-0 GLIAC) went 4-0 last week, sweeping its weekday doubleheader against Findlay and again sweeping Hillsdale on Sunday.
Freshman Allie Hinton (Newcomerstown, Ohio) had a great weekend at the plates to lead Ohio Dominican to its four big wins. The freshman went 7-for-14 in four games and drove in five RBI with a .500 batting average.
Senior Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W. Va.) was also crucial to the Panthers' offensive game plan, tallying six hits, scoring four runs and batting in five RBI along with a double and a homerun.
Junior Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, Texas) continued to pace Ohio Dominican in the circle last week, starting two of the four games. Stanzel pitched 14 innings in two outings, where she gave up 11 hits with six strikeouts on the weekend with an ERA of 1.50. Stanzel also delivered a single against Hillsdale.
Indianapolis stands 17-7 overall this season. The Greyhounds are led by outfielder Casey Williamson with a .500 average and Erika Goodwin, who is hitting .339. Both pitchers for the Greyhounds hold a winning record with Morgan Foley posting a record of 12-4 and an ERA of 1.43. Morgan Lewis is 5-3 overall with an ERA of 2.83.
Northwood is 11-7 overall with a 2-0 record in GLIAC action. The Timberwolves have yet to play a home game this season, due to the bad weather and unplayable field conditions. Northwood will play its official home opener on Wednesday, April 2 when the Timberwolves welcome Grand Valley. Sam Zaborowksi leads the team with a .431 batting average.
Saginaw Valley is 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The Cardinals, who are currently on an eight game win streak, has yet to play a home game, with their first being against the Panthers on Saturday, April 5. Marcy Medina paces the Cardinals with a .441 batting average.
The Panthers will square off against Wayne State on Sunday, April 6. The No. 7 Warriors hold a 20-4 record and will open conference play against Hillsdale on Tuesday, April 1. Logan White has a .425 batting average to lead the Warriors while Briana Lee has a perfect 10-0 record in the circle and an ERA of .32.
Contact: Sarah Twiggs