The North Coast softball schedule continued last week with DePauw (6-0, 15-11) sweeping Denison (3-3, 9-7) and Hiram (0-4, 5-13) to remain undefeated in conference play along with Wittenberg (2-0, 12-2) to sit atop the league standings. Conference play continues this week with one doubleheader scheduled Tuesday, four Wednesday, four Saturday and one on Sunday.
ALLEGHENY went 4-2 on the week, including 3-1 in the NCAC with a weekend split versus Denison and a sweep of Ohio Wesleyan. Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) fired four complete game shutouts, extending her consecutive scoreless innings streak to 38.2, as she allowed just 12 hits and four walks with 35 strikeouts in 30 innings. Halea Hayden (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills) batted .438 on the week (7-for-16), highlighted by a solo homer in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan, while Sadie Stuart (Jamestown, NY/Falconer Central) tallied her fourth career multi-home run game with a pair of two-run shots in Saturday’s 8-0 win over Denison.
DENISON went 3-3 to open NCAC play last week. After an 0-3 start to the week, DU reeled off one win over Allegheny, and a doubleheader sweep of Hiram on Sunday to pull back to .500 in conference play. Senior Gretchen Staubach (Madeira, OH/Meadira) drove in the winning run with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh to lead Denison to a 6-5 win over the Terriers.
DEPAUW posted a 4-2 record on the week, sweeping conference opponents Denison and Hiram, with the losses coming to No. 23 Anderson. Junior Taylor Golden (Chicago, IL/Trinity) led the Tigers at the plate on the week, hitting safely in five of the six games, including an impressive .583 (7-for-12) in the four NCAC contests. Junior pitcher Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) went 4-1 last week in the circle with a 2.46 ERA, striking out 25 batters in 37 innings of work and holding opponents to a .250 batting average.
HIRAM dropped to 5-13 on the year, 0-4 in conference play after being swept by Denison and DePauw last week. Sophomore Danielle Latine (Eastlake, OH/North) hit .455 (5-for-11) to pace the Terriers from the plate, with five total bases and one RBI.
KENYON was able to dodge last week’s nasty weather for a day and split a Saturday doubleheader with Oberlin. Junior pitcher Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) fanned seven batters in game one and posted a 2-0 victory, her sixth shutout of the season. Lindsey Susolik (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) smacked her first home run of the season and had two RBI in game two, but the Ladies fell, 6-4.
OBERLIN went 1-7 last week earning a conference split with Kenyon to pick up the programs first NCAC win of the year. Emily King (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) earned the win over the Ladies in the circle and also recorded and RBI and run scored in the victory.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 2-4 last week, picking up a conference sweep of Oberlin before dropping both games of doubleheaders against Heidelberg and Allegheny. Sophomore Sarah Flint (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) continued to lead the Bishops from the plate by batting .533 on the week (8-for-15) with five RBI and three runs scored. Ohio Wesleyan returns to action this week with four doubleheaders scheduled, three against NCAC opponents including, Wittenberg, DePauw and Kenyon.
WITTENBERG finally hit the diamond again after their last action on March 22, and picked up two big wins with 11-1 and 10-2 decisions over Wooster. Senior Rachel Ross (Westerville, OH/South) pitched all 10 innings in the two run-rule shortened games, allowing just three runs, two earned, on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk while contributing three hits in six at bats with a double, a home run and four RBI. Freshman Casey Hobbs (Fairborn, OH/Carroll) drove in five runs, while sophomore Kaela Hughes (Columbus, OH/Watterson) went 4-for-6 with three doubles, four runs scored and four RBI.
WOOSTER junior Paige Goldberg (Hawthorn Woods, IL/Lake Zurich), the Scots’ leadoff hitter, batted .444 over last week’s six games. During the sweep of Oberlin, she went 4-for-7 with a run scored and a triple. Wooster is now 10-13 on the year, 2-2 in NCAC play.