COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican softball returned to Sunbury Road on Friday afternoon as the Black and Gold welcomed G-MAC foe Malone University to town for a doubleheader showdown. ODU claimed the first game of the series with a hard-fought 2-1 victory before falling in 2-0 pitcher's duel in game two.
Junior Sydney Long (Ashland, Ohio) and Malone's Kelsey Byers met in game one as two of the top pitchers in the G-MAC squared off. Long outdueled Byers, striking out nine hitters and allowing just one run in the victory.
Malone struck first in the top of the 4th inning, but the Panthers answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning as a sacrifice bunt from Baylee Adams (Cardington, Ohio) drove in the speedy Alli Madden (Cincinnati, Ohio) to tie the game at 1-1.
ODU took the lead as Braxton Downs (Prospect, Kentucky) also laid down a terrific sacrifice bunt that threw the Pioneer infield for a loop. A throwing error by the second basemen allowed Madden to circle the bases from first and come in to score to give the Black and Gold a 2-1 advantage heading into the seventh inning.
Long struck out two batters to lift ODU to victory in game one.
The pitching once again stood out in game two as Byers returned to the circle for MU and the Black and Gold sent out sophomore Addison Smodilla (Terre Haute, Indiana). The second-year hurler allowed just two hits in her outing. The game would not be decided until the final inning as Mother Nature began to make her presence known.
With wind and rain swirling around Panther Field, the Pioneers struck in the top half of the seventh inning to score two runs and split the series.
The Black and Gold are back in action against Walsh. Please note the game time has been changed to 11 AM.
Contact: Ralph Schudel