By Sports Information Intern Tyler Jester
FINDLAY, Ohio – In a must win game in the GLIAC Tournament, the Ohio Dominican softball team managed to hang onto a 10-9 lead over No. 5 seed Northwood to stay alive for another day.
So far in the tournament, the Panthers have score 21 total runs in just the two games that have been played, and 54 over the last four games.
The Timberwolves struck first, scoring four runs on five hits over the first two innings. However, the Panthers were able to remain patient and fired up the bats in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs to cut the lead to 4-3.
Five walks by Northwood's pitching staff, gave the Panthers a 8-4 lead in the bottom of the third with senior Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W. Va.) and sophomore Lizzy Weber (Canton, Ohio) delivering the only two hits for the Panthers
After Jividen's single, back to back walks by junior Taylor Thomas (Bellville, Ohio) and freshman Allie Hinton (Newcomerstown, Ohio) loaded the bases for ODU. Sophomore Kelsey Albanese (Westerville, Ohio) drew the third walk of the inning to bring in Jividen and knot the score at 4-4 with no outs. Thomas scored the go-ahead run after junior Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, Ohio) drew the fourth walk, and junior Brier Sanner (Hartville, Ohio) loaded the bases with a walk, the fifth of the inning. Weber laced a two-RBI single to left field, scoring Albanese and Cribari.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Panthers were able to take advantage of three errors by the Timberwolves and add two more runs to their lead. Jividen led off the inning with a double to the center field wall. Jividen later scored on one of the Northwood errors on a ball put in play by Hinton. The second error put Panthers on first and second. The third error came when Hinton attempted to steal third and Northwood overthrew the third baseman to add the second run for ODU giving them a 10-4 lead.
Northwood cut into the deficit with a five run fifth inning. The Timberwolves scored their five runs on just four hits, to trail the Panthers just 10-9.
Ohio Dominican will next face the loser of the Walsh and Wayne State game on Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m.
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