Softball Opens 2020 Season With Three Game Weekend Series at Lee

Softball Opens 2020 Season With Three Game Weekend Series at Lee

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's softball team opens the 2020 season with a three game series at Lee University Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The series will begin with a single game Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader Sunday with the first game beginning at 12 p.m.

About Ohio Dominican

The Panthers were projected to defend their G-MAC crown from a year ago accruing 136 points and gathering nine of the possible 13 first-place votes, which was voted on by the leagues' head coaches.

ODU brings back a majority of their lineup from a year ago led by starting pitchers Sydney Long (Ashland, Ohio) and Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio).

Long was a First Team All-GMAC pitcher a year ago appearing in 29 games, 21 starts, with a record of 13-7. The sophomore pitcher had an earned run average of 2.41 in her 29 appearances with 16 complete games, four of which were shutouts. She also threw a no-hitter a season ago against Cedarville.

Barber was a Second Team All-GMAC performer in the circle and at the plate a year ago. In the circle, Barber led the way with 145 strikeouts and a 16-9 record with 10 complete games to go along with a 3.90 ERA. At the plate, the senior designate player hit .336 in all 54 games played with 37 RBI's, and an on-base percentage of .413 which led the team.

Senior Landry Slider (Stow, Ohio) is the other Panther returner who garnered First Team All-GMAC honors as she led the team in both batting average at .369 and RBI's with 40. After playing third base the last few seasons, she will also occupy time behind the plate to go along with infield duties.

Senior Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) will help lead a likely young infield as the senior first baseman was named to the Second Team All-Conference team a year ago hitting 10 home runs and having 28 RBI's.

A veteran outfield will be led by juniors Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Ind.) and Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio). Hackerd and Bales set the table at the top of the lineup a year ago with Hackerd hitting .337 with a team high 15 doubles while Bales hit .341 with 10 doubles and 36 RBI's. Senior Brooklyn Rayburn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) will likely move back to the outfield to join Bales and Hackerd after playing a majority of last season at shortstop. A year ago, Rayburn played in 52 games hitting .215 with six doubles and 17 RBI's.

This will be the first time in the Division II era that the Panthers and Lee will face each other.

About Lee (Tn.)

Lee comes into the week having already played at the Gulf Coast Invitational, going 2-2 with wins over Nova Southeastern and Miles in their first two games before dropping the back half of the invite to Lubbock Christian and Union.

The Flames were projected to finish ninth in the Gulf Shores Conference this season and a year ago were 22-31 overall with a 10-19 record in conference play.

Kayla Louie is the top returner for the Flames as she hit .398 a year ago in all 53 games played while Taylor De Adder was just behind at .394. De Adder has started 2020 on the right note as she has hit .500 in the first four games of the season with six hits in her 12 at-bats.

Shonna Penney leads the Lady Flames in the circle as she appeared in 33 games, making 28 starts a year ago on her way to a 10-17 record with a 5.31 ERA. Penney has started the year 1-0 with an 8-0 run rule win over Miles. Penney did not allow a hit in the contest and had five strikeouts to begin her 2020 campaign.