Softball Begins Defense Of G-MAC Crown In Northwest Ohio

Carson Hackerd (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)
Carson Hackerd (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican softball returns to action this weekend opening up Great Midwest Athletic Conference play on the road with games against Tiffin University and the University of Findlay.

The Black and Gold look to rebound after dropping a pair of games to No. 19 Grand Valley State last weekend. ODU played strong and received a solid performance from junior pitcher Sydney Long (Ashland, Ohio). She faced 32 batters in eight innings of work and accumulated six strikeouts. 

Seniors Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) and Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) spearheaded the Black and Gold attack in game two, leading the Panthers in extra-base hits. Bales would get the only ODU RBI on the day as her double to center field drove in Hackerd after she got on base earlier in the inning.

The Panthers look to defend their 2019 G-MAC regular-season title after the 2020 season was canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  ODU enjoyed a 2019 campaign in which they went 21-5 in conference play en route to their first league title in the G-MAC.

SCOUTING TIFFIN

Like the Panther, Tiffin comes into Saturday's contest looking to rebound after dropping two games to the University of Indianapolis last weekend. The Dragons are 5-7 overall this season and will open their conference schedule against the Black and Gold on Saturday.

Tiffin is led offensively by freshman Bailey Hamilton. The first-year infielder has a .455 average and one extra-base hit this year.

The leading pitcher for TU is Claire Feldkamp. The freshman leads TU in innings pitched with 19.2, strikeouts with 14, and compete games with three.

ODU swept the Dragons during their doubleheader, winning 2-1 and 9-0 in five innings.

SCOUTING FINDLAY

Findlay comes into the weekend also looking to break a two-game skid. The Oilers look to rebound after being downed by Saginaw Valley on March 20th. Senior Megan Fisher leads UF both in the hitter's box and in the circle. She hits for an average of .440 this season while logging nearly 40 innings of work this season. Fisher also has the second lowest earned average on the team coming in at 3.20 on the season.

The Panthers begin the weekend on Saturday in Tiffin with the first pitch scheduled for 1 PM Saturday. Please note video and live stats will not be provided for Saturday's game.

Contact: Ralph Schudel
schudelr@ohiodominican.edu