COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican softball team increased its winning streak to four games by claiming a Saturday doubleheader sweep of Purdue Northwest, winning 3-2 in the first game, and 11-3 in the second contest. ODU wasted little time in scoring when sophomore Braxton Downs (Prospect, Kentucky) doubled to left-center field and drove in classmate Madison Shemwell (Owensboro, Kentucky) who scored from first base.
That would be the only run the Panthers would score until the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) led off the inning blasting a home run over the outfield fence to double the ODU lead. Allison Madden (Cincinnati, Ohio) extended the lead when she singled to left field and drove home Gracie Jo Thompson (Ashville, Ohio) who was waiting on second base.
Not only did the Black and Gold receive tremendous production on offense, but junior Sydney Long (Ashland, Ohio) thrived toeing the rubber. She carried a perfect game through six innings and finished the day allowing just two runs and striking out seven.
She spoke with Sports Information Director Ralph Schudel following her performance.
Purdue Northwest made things interesting driving in two runs but Long and the Panthers dug in to get all three outs in the final inning to claim the victory at home.
ODU continued to enjoy success in the second game as the Black and Gold bats came alive. Bales nearly captured an inside the park home run in the bottom of the first inning but was called out at home, her hit wasn't in vain as she drove home two runs to give her team a 2-0 advantage.
The Pride responded with two runs of their own, but that lead was short lived as ODU answered with a six-run bottom of the third inning. Shemwell, Bales, Stevens, Madden, and senior Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) all influenced the inning finding a way to drive in runs.
The dominant offense forced Purdue Northwest to orchestrate a run to close the gap, but the Panthers managed to shut the door and claim the victory in five innings.
The Black and Gold finish the weekend with a doubleheader against Davenport University on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for noon from Panther Field.
Contact: Ralph Schudel