NCAC Weekly Release (4-14-14) - Softball

NCAC Weekly Release (4-14-14) - Softball

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Hiram (4-4, 9-13) highlighted a busy week of North Coast action as the Terriers picked up sweeps over Wooster (2-6, 10-19) and Kenyon (2-8, 17-13). The Terriers are now one of five teams within two losses in the loss column of the top-spot in the league standings going into the final two weeks of regular season play. Conference tilts continue this week with three doubleheaders scheduled on Tuesday, one on Thursday and Friday and three more Saturday.

ALLEGHENY went 2-2 last week in NCAC action, sweeping Wooster on Wednesday, 3-2 and 5-4, before falling in a pair of pitchers duels to Wittenberg on Saturday, 3-1 and 2-0. In the Wooster twinbill, Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) went the distance in game one, scattering seven hits with seven K’s, before freshman Miranda Arison (New Salem, PA/Brownsville) earned her first collegiate win in the nightcap, throwing four innings of scoreless relief. Hannah Blinn (Tarentum, PA/Deer Lakes) batted .333 (4-for-12) in the four games, while Katrina George (New Kensington, PA/Valley) had three RBI, including the game-winner in the Wooster nightcap.

DENISON went 4-4 in eight games last week, which included a doubleheader sweep of Oberlin, 3-0 and 7-3, in its only NCAC action of the week. Senior Rachel Laughlin (Winter Park, FL/Lake Howell) paced Denison offense with a .417 batting average and a .542 slugging percentage. Laughlin recorded 10 hits, including two extra-base hits, five RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base. Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Madeira) also provided some pop with two home runs. Inside the circle, senior Rebecca Dyer (Shelby Township, MI/Detroit Country Day) posted a 2-1 record with miniscule 0.33 ERA and a .111 opponent batting average.  Dyer tossed two shutouts and allowed just one earned run while striking outs 19 in 21 innings. Fellow senior Kelsey Hager (Louisville, KY/Eastern) also fired a complete-game three-hit shutout against Defiance on Sunday.

After sweeping Ohio Wesleyan to move to 8-0 in NCAC play, DEPAUW dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Oberlin. The Tigers remain in first place in the conference standings.

HIRAM posted a perfect 4-0 record on the week by picking up two doubleheader conference sweeps over Kenyon and Wooster. Senior Jess Bolanz (Randolph, OH/Waterloo) led the Terriers from the plate, batting .538 (7-for-13) in the four games with a homerun, four RBI, four runs scored and a .769 slugging percentage. Sophomore pitcher Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge, OH/Mineral Ridge) was outstanding in the circle, picking up all four wins, limiting hitters to a .227 average, allowing five earned runs while striking out 10 and compiling a 1.57 ERA in 22.1 innings of work.

KENYON had a busy week, getting in four doubleheaders in a span of five days. The Ladies split their first two twinbills with Wittenberg and Otterbein, but then were swept by both Ohio Wesleyan and Hiram. Over the course of those eight games, sophomore Lindsey Susolik (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) hit .458 (11-for-24), with three RBI and two runs scored.

OBERLIN started its week by falling to Denison, 3-0 and 7-3, but bounced back in a big way, sweeping conference-leading DePauw, 5-2 and 6-3. Junior Katie Pieplow (Rescue, CA/Ponderosa) hit a walk-off three-run home run in game one. Senior Emily King (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) was the winning pitcher in both games.

OHIO WESLEYAN went 4-2 last week, opening up play with a pair of losses to DePauw, before bouncing back to sweep doubleheaders against Kenyon and Wittenberg. Senior Dani Haley (Maumee, OH/Anthony Wayne) had an outstanding week for the Bishops, batting .556 (10-for-18) with three doubles, a homerun,five RBI, 16 total bases and stole two bases. Not only did Haley get it done from the plate, but she posted a 2-1 record in the circle with a 1.27 ERA in 22 innings of work, striking out 16.

WITTENBERG went 3-3 last week, splitting with Kenyon, before taking two off of Allegheny on Senior Day and finally dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Ohio Wesleyan. Freshman Abby Baker (Canfield, OH/Canfield) hit 6-for-16 (.375) with two RBI while senior Laura Rose (Riverside, OH/Stebbins) hit two home runs for a team-high four RBI over the week.

WOOSTER freshman Georgia Hill (Oakland, CA/Piedmont) homered four times in six games, giving her a school-record six for the year, while batting .556 and compiling a 1.389 slugging percentage for the week. She combined to go 3-for-6 with a triple, homer, and four RBI during a pair of tough one-run losses at Allegheny, then 4-for-7 with a double, a homer, and four more RBI against Hiram before closing the week with a two-homer, 3-for-3 game in the nightcap of the Marietta doubleheader.