NCAC Weekly Release (3-31-14) - Softball

NCAC Weekly Release (3-31-14) - Softball

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Weather played havoc on what was supposed to be the first weekend of NCAC play. Only two league games were contested all weekend as DePauw (2-0, 11-9) swept Kenyon (0-2, 14-6) in Greencastle on Sunday afternoon. There are three makeup doubleheaders scheduled this week with Wooster (0-0, 8-9) hosting Oberlin (0-0, 3-7) today (3/31) and Hiram (0-0, 5-9) at Denison (0-0, 6-4) and Ohio Wesleyan (0-0, 9-5) traveling to Allegheny (0-0, 4-11) on Sunday. Be sure to check the softball page on the NCAC website throughout the week for the latest schedule updates.

In a weather-shortened week, ALLEGHENY went 1-1 in its lone action, splitting a Wednesday doubleheader at Thiel. In the opener, a 4-0 win, Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) threw the 14th complete game shutout of her career, scattering two hits and striking out eight. Halea Hayden (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills) and Katrina George (New Kensington, PA/Valley) each had three hits and two RBI. In the nightcap, the Tomcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead, and the Gators couldn’t recover.  Allegheny recorded 12 hits in the loss, with three players recording two apiece, including George, who tallied two more RBI.

DENISON had a pair of doubleheaders postponed last week because of the weather. The Big Red will return to action on Tuesday (4/1) as Denison hosts DePauw for a doubleheader to open up NCAC play.

DEPAUW posted a 4-2 record on the week, including a split with No. 23 Washington University and a sweep of Kenyon in the first NCAC games of the season. Sophomore Sammi Bell (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) led the Tigers at the plate on the week by hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two homeruns and four RBI. Junior pitcher Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) went 3-1 last week, picking up a win over Wash U. and posting 14 innings of shutout ball in the NCAC series against Kenyon.

HIRAM dropped both games of a doubleheader against Mount Union last week, losing game one, 5-4, and game two, 14-11. Doubleheaders versus Geneva and Denison had to be postponed due to weather. The Terriers are now 5-9 on the season. Miranda Wright (Richfield, OH/Revere) led the way for Hiram by going 4-for-7 from the plate with four runs and slugging an impressive .714.

KENYON began its conference schedule on Sunday with a pair of losses at DePauw. The Ladies got three hits from Lindsey Susolik (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) and a solid outing from freshman pitcher Sylvie Thomas (Seattle, WA/Holy Names Academy), but were swept by scores of 4-0 and 3-0.

OBERLIN concluded its annual spring break trip in Clermont, Florida, where the Yeowomen played eight games in five days. The highlight of the trip came in an 11-3 victory over Thomas College when Oberlin had 16 hits and every player on the team recorded a hit. Emily King (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) paced the Yeowomen over their final four games by hitting .400 with four runs, two RBI and two doubles. The senior also started two games, including a complete, 5.0 inning game against Thomas in which she allowed three hits and one earned run while striking out seven.

Sophomore Sarah Flint (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) belted a pair of RBI doubles in the opener and scattered five hits over the first 6.0 innings to pick up the win in the nightcap as OHIO WESLEYAN swept a non-conference doubleheader from Muskingum. The wins were Ohio Wesleyan’s first over Muskingum, breaking a 23-game losing streak dating back to the 1984 season.

The weather wreaked havoc with WITTENBERG’S schedule, as doubleheaders against Case and Transylvania were both cancelled.

WOOSTER junior Demi Hart (Shreve, OH/Triway) doubled in the second inning, hit a solo homer to straightaway center in the fourth, and doubled and walked during the Scots’ six-run sixth that allowed them to comeback from a 7-2 deficit and score an 8-7 victory over Baldwin Wallace. Freshman Rylee Bouillion (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) picked up the win, improving to 3-1, as she came in to pitch the final three innings.