COLUMBUS, Ohio – It took a week, but the Ohio Dominican softball team finally met the University of Indianapolis on the field in competition. Last week, Mother Nature imposed her will on proceedings, forcing the postponement of the series due to snow in April.
This week she also flexed her influence as both teams had to dodge raindrops and deal with severe weather delays. Despite competition on the field and in the environment, the Black and Gold managed to secure a 4-3 victory over the fifth-ranked Greyhounds.
UIndy struck first in the top of the inning as Gianni Iannatone drove in the visitors' first run of the ballgame with an RBI single that squeaked through the infield. ODU tied things up when senior Kristin Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) singled to right field, because of the commotion on the field she moved to second base and finally to third on a throwing error from the right fielder.
This allowed Alexis Stevens (Marion, Ohio) to score from second base to tie the game at 1-1.
ODU struck for three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Erika Case (Holland, Ohio) hit a double to right center field driving in Baylee Adams (Cardington, Ohio). She didn't have to wait long as senior Raemon Meents (Downers Grove, Illinois) hit her second homerun of the season over the centerfield wall to extend the lead to 4-1.
Play would be halted for one hour and 15 minutes due to severe weather in the bottom of the fifth inning.
UIndy closed the gap to 4-3 in the final inning before sophomore Madison Shemwell (Owensboro, Kentucky) closed the door on a groundout to get the final out.
Both teams attempted to play game two, but Mother Nature once again made her presence known with another severe weather delay, this time forcing the second game of the doubleheader to be cancelled.
Wednesday's win in the first over a ranked opponent since the Panthers last beat a 10th ranked UIndy in 2020.
ODU concludes the regular season this weekend welcoming Cedarville and Hillsdale to Sunbury Road.
Contact: Ralph Schudel