Pitching Dominates as Softball Sweeps Tiffin

Pitching Dominates as Softball Sweeps Tiffin

TIFFIN, Ohio – Freshman Sydney Long (Ashland, Ohio) and junior Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) combined to give up just four hits on the afternoon as Ohio Dominican's softball team swept Tiffin with final scores of 2-1 and 9-0 Sunday afternoon in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action on the road.

In game one, Long threw a complete game giving up one earned run on just two hits. Long did not allow a hit for the first 4.1 innings and struck out five Dragon batters.

In game two, Barber also threw a complete game giving up just two hits with two strikeouts while only throwing 45 pitches with 37 strikes.

Barber also led the Panthers at the plate on the day with four hits, three in game two, with two RBI's. Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) also had four hits on the day with three in the second game as she scored two runs.

The Panthers managed only three hits through the first four innings in game one before breaking through for two runs in the fifth. Brooklyn Rayburn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) reached on a fielding error and came around to score on a Bales single. Landry, the next batter, hit a sacrifice fly to left field that brought home Keirah Smetzer (Ashland, Ohio) to double the Panther lead at 2-0.

Tiffin was able to get a run across in the seventh before Long left two on base recording the final out on a grounder back to her.

In game two, the Panthers pounced on the Dragons scoring three runs in the first inning off four hits as Hackerd singled to begin the inning and came around on a Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) single. Mix was 3-for-4 in game two with a pair of RBI's and two runs scored as well. Later in the inning, Barber doubled to bring Mix around and Maria Simmonds (Columbus, Ohio) singled to bring Barber around.

ODU would double that lead by the fourth inning as Barber doubled to score Mix in the third and Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) doubled to score Smetzer and eventually came around to score as Mix reached on an error.

Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) blasted her fifth home run of the season to lead off the fifth and later in the inning Slider would single to score Smetzer and Mix would single to scor Hackerd pushing ODU to the 9-0 lead.

Barber would shut the door a ground out and two fly outs in the seventh to finish the game in the fifth.

ODU is riding a nine game win streak and is 17-13 overall and 8-0 in the conference as they head to Davis & Elkins on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.