Edited: April 26, 2010
The North Coast Softball tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 7-8; the double-elimination event features the top four teams from the regular season. The NCAC Champion earns the right to host the season-ending tournament. NCAC teams have one week remaining in the regular season. Every conference team has three doubleheaders left in league play before the tournament, after the entire conference schedule was washed out by rain last weekend.
Heading into the regular-season’s final week, Denison (6-2, 22-12) holds a one-game lead over Ohio Wesleyan (5-3, 18-12), Hiram (5-3, 16-13) and Wittenberg (5-3, 14-16), all of whom are tied for second. Wooster (4-4, 18-16) is right behind the logjam in fifth. The Big Red and the Terriers were postponed last weekend and will try again on Friday. Denison meets the Battling Bishops on Wednesday and Wooster on Saturday. The Fighting Scots and Tigers will try again on Thursday, then Wittenberg travels for another key match at the Terriers’ home field on Saturday.
DENISON went 3-1 last week with a sweep of Otterbein and a split with Wittenberg. Senior Brie Berkopec (Mars, PA/Mars Senior) hit .636 (7-for-11) with a triple, a home run, four RBI and seven runs scored. Senior Leslie Brenner (Deerfield, IL/Deerfield) went 2-1 with six strikeouts and allowed just two earned runs in 17 innings ...
HIRAM went 2-1 last week with a split with Wooster and a win over Baldwin-Wallace. Freshman first baseman Alle Singer (Akron, OH/Dayton) went 5-for-9 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored, while sophomore outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg, OH/Triad) batted 4-for-7 with an RBI and three runs scored ...
KENYON went 2-2 last week by taking a doubleheader from Mount Vernon Nazarene and droppping two to Ohio Wesleyan. Senior Ellen Witkowski (Banks, OR/St. Mary’s Academy) went 6-for-13 and had four RBI. She tied the school record for RBI in a season (30) ...
OBERLIN went 0-2 last week versus Allegheny. Senior Julia Chauvin (Hillsborough, NC/Orange) went 4-for-8 with a double ...
OHIO WESLEYAN took a doubleheader over Kenyon. Seniors and identical twin sisters Rita and Sarah Cook (Sidney, OH/Fairlawn) keyed the Bishop wins. Rita drove in four runs in the come-from-behind win in the second game while Sara hit her first collegiate home run in the first game. Senior lefthander Rachel Seibel (Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe) threw a complete- game five-hit shutout in the first game and pitched 4.1 innings of relief in the second ...
WITTENBERG spilt a pair of doubleheaders with Denison and Mount St. Joseph last week. Senior Brooke Boswell (Hamilton, OH/Fairfield) picked up her 10th and 11th wins of the season after pitching two complete-game shutouts. Junior Jessi Allen (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley) batted 4-for-12 with a double and four RBI ...
WOOSTER went 1-3 last week after splitting with Hiram and falling to John Carroll. Junior shortstop Caitlin Gaffney (Tallmadge, OH/Archbishop Hoban) went 4-for-11 with three RBI. Freshman Jenn Horton (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) pitched a complete-game, four-hit loss to Hiram. She allowed just two runs and struck out six.
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