FINDLAY, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican softball team experienced an offensive outburst scoring eight runs in consecutive games to claim a doubleheader sweep over the University of Findlay on Monday afternoon.
Sophomore Madison Shemwell (Owensboro, Kentucky) was a catalyst for the Panthers going 2-for-4 during the opening game with two RBIs. Shemwell got the scoring started in the second inning as her double down the left-field line drove in two and gave the Black and Gold an early 2-0 lead.
Teammate Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) followed as a bunt to the pitcher drove in Shemwell to add one more run to the Panther advantage. ODU added another couple of runs in the fifth inning when senior Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) tripled to right field, driving home Alexis Stevens (Marion, Ohio).
The shortstop would be involved in two more scoring plays in the sixth inning as she reached base on an error by the centerfielder which allowed Baylee Adams (Cardington, Ohio) and Hackerd to score. Stevens would find home plate as well as she scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Junior Sydney Long (Ashland, Ohio) continued her success pitching six innings and striking out eight batters for the complete-game shutout win.
ODU continued its offensive display in game two as Keirah Smetzer (Ashland, Ohio) got things rolling with an RBI single in the second inning. Sophomore Braxton Downs (Prospect, Kentucky) blasted her fifth home run of the season to give the Black and Gold a 2-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. Olivia Rettke (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) also enjoyed success in the circle striking out two in six innings of shutout softball.
The Panthers would explode for six runs in the sixth as clever hitting and baserunning created three errors from Findlay and forced the hosts to answer in the bottom of the inning, but a game-ending double play would thwart any chance of a comeback and give the Panthers the doubleheader sweep over their G-MAC rival.
Keep the buses warm as the Panthers have just one day at home before they head back on the road to battle Lake Erie on Wednesday, March 31 for a two-game doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 PM.
Contact: Ralph Schudel