NCAC Weekly Release (3-17-14) - Softball

NCAC Weekly Release (3-17-14) - Softball

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North Coast softball squads continued spring break trips last week highlighted, by Wittenberg which got off to its best start in program history at 9-1. Non-conference action continues this week with all nine teams taking to the diamond.

ALLEGHENY opened up spring break in Florida by splitting a Sunday doubleheader, coming back to top SUNY-Geneseo, 4-3, in the opener, before falling by an identical score to Wash. & Jeff. in the nightcap. Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) earned the complete game win in the opener, striking out 10 and allowing just one earned.

DENISON opened the 2014 season by splitting a pair of games at the Tucson Invitational Games on Sunday in Arizona. For the fifth-straight season, the Big Red opened the year with a victory by defeating Augsburg, 5-4. DU closed out opening day with a 12-0 loss to fourth-ranked Central in five innings. Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls)Heather Larsen (Traverse City, MI/Traverse City St. Francis) and Erin Laswell (Plainfield, IN/Plainfield) all recorded two hits, while Kerry Hager (Louisville, KY/Eastern) and Laswell also drove in two runs each. In addition to her solid day at the plate, Laswell earned her first win inside the circle after surrendering four unearned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.

DEPAUW extended its win streak to four by sweeping Franklin and Aurora last week. The Tigers hit .305 for the week and outscored the opposition, 25-12. Junior pitcher Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) pitched all 26 innings in the four games, posting a perfect 4-0 record with a 2.15 ERA and striking out 14.

HIRAM opened the 2014 season by going 5-5 on its 10-game spring break trip to Florida. The Terriers got a strong performance in the circle from sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge, OH/ Mineral Ridge) who went 2-3 in five games started, making seven total appearances posting a 6.12 ERA in 34.1 innings of work, striking out eight.

KENYON finished off its final few days in Fort Myers, Florida, with a 2-3 record, bringing its overall spring break mark to 12-4. The wins came against Edgewood and New Jersey City, while losses were against Olivet, Pitt-Bradford, and Wartburg. During the five-game stretch, first baseman Chelsea Delaney (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) hit. 429 and pitcher Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) posted a 1.95 earned run average in 14 innings.

OBERLIN was idle last week.

OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 5-5 record on its 10-game spring break last week picking up wins over Mount Mary, Elms, Brockport State, Rutgers-Newark and Clarkson. The Bishops return to action this week with doubleheaders scheduled with John Carroll (3/20), Alma (3/22) and Adrian (3/23).

WITTENBERG posted one of its most outstanding spring break trips in recent memory with a 9-1 record at the Dot Richardson Spring Games, including a 7-2 takedown of 25th-ranked Ithaca College. The Tigers 9-1 start through 10 games is the best in program history. Junior Ashlee Wright (Kettering, OH/Fairmont) made it memorable by slamming four home runs, almost instantaneously launching herself into second place in the school’s season record for home runs and third in career homers. Meanwhile, sophomore Loren Combs (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) batted .528 for the week and stole 15-of-16 attempted bases. Senior pitcher Rachel Ross (Westerville, OH/South) dominated opposing hitters with seven wins and no losses, holding opponents to a .170 average and leaving Florida with a 1.10 ERA.

WOOSTER went 4-6 during a busy 10 game spring break week, bringing the Fighting Scots record to 4-8 overall. Junior Carly Schoenstein (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) hit a team-leading .500 during Wooster’s 10-game week. Five of her 18 hits went for extra bases – three doubles and two triples – and she also produced a team-high 10 RBI, while playing near-errorless ball at shortstop (.978 fielding percentage). In the circle, freshman Kate Edgehouse (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) accounted for 38.0 of the team’s 67.0 innings pitched on the week, recording a 3-2 record, 2.13 ERA and 24 strikeouts.