Softball Returns Home For First Contest In Nearly 700 Days

Softball Returns Home For First Contest In Nearly 700 Days

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's been 676 days since the Ohio Dominican softball team last played a competitive game at Sunbury Road but on Friday afternoon that all changes. The Panthers return to action this weekend as they welcome West Liberty University and Saginaw Valley State University to campus. The Black and Gold will compete in two games against each opponent on Friday and Saturday.

ODU returns to action after beginning its season at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. The Panthers fought hard but couldn't grab their first win of the season. Head coach Marcella Vanlandingham and her squad are looking for their first win on the season and the first at home since April 28, 2019, when the 26-year head coach grabbed her 700th career win.

The Panthers got production from some of the younger members in their ranks. Both sophomore Madison Shemwell (Owensboro, Kentucky) and freshman Baylee Adams (Cardington, Ohio) led the Black and Gold in hitting during its season opening series. Both players combined for eight hits and two RBIs during the trip to Tennessee.


The Cardinals are off to a hot start to begin the season as they sit at 5-0. Sarah Gersch leads SVSU with a .474 batting average and 10 RBIs. Saginaw Valley's pitching staff also boasts a combined earned run average of 1.27 on the campaign.


The Hilltoppers begin their campaign on Friday morning when they face the aforementioned Cardinals. West Liberty looks to capture the momentum they established in 2019 when they made an appearance in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional.

Contact: Ralph Schudel