Panthers Home Winning Streak Snapped at Hands of UIndy

Photo by Lindsay Davis
Photo by Lindsay Davis

By Sports Information Intern Tyler Jester

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican softball team could not find a way to get past the University of Indianapolis on a cold, rainy day in Columbus. The Panthers ended their eight game home stretch with losses by the scores of 3-0 and 8-3. ODU dropped to 10-20 overall on the season, and the Greyhounds improved to 21-7 overall.

Game one, saw two pitchers dealing at their best. Junior pitcher Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, TX) pitched six innings, giving up only two runs. For UIndy, pitcher Morgan Foley threw a complete game, two hit shutout.

The Greyhounds got on the board early with a ground out RBI from Casey Williamson in the top of the first inning. Both teams went scoreless until the sixth inning when the Greyhounds added another run.

It was not until the bottom of the sixth when the Panthers recorded their first hit by senior shortstop, Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, WV), who lined a single to right field. After The Greyhounds adding another run in the top of the seventh, the Panthers were able to gain one more hit in the bottom of the inning from junior Brandis Fishel (Gahanna, OH) as the Panthers dropped game one, 3-0.

Game two started much of the same way as the first one with UIndy grabbing an early 1-0 lead after the top of the first. In the bottom of the first however, the Panthers used an RBI single from freshman Allie Hinton (Newcomerstown, OH) and a RBI sacrifice fly from sophomore Kelsey Albanese (Westerville, OH) to take their first lead of the day.

It was not until the top of the fourth inning until either team lighted up the scoreboard again, as the Greyhounds rallied for five runs to take a 6-2 lead. After the Greyhounds added another run in the fifth, the Panthers scored their final run of the day on a single up the middle from Taylor Thomas (Bellville, OH). UIndy went on to add two more runs to take game two, 8-3.

The Panthers will try to bounce back this weekend as they play six GLIAC matchups. On Friday the team will travel to Northwood for a doubleheader, followed by a doubleheader at Saginaw Valley on Saturday.  To close off the weekend the Panthers will play two games at home on Sunday against nationally ranked Wayne State starting at 12:00p.m.

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