North Coast softball squads continued spring break trips last week, highlighted by Ohio Wesleyan getting off to its best start in program history with a five-game winning streak and finishing its trip with a 7-3 mark. Non-conference action continues this week with all nine teams taking to the diamond.
ALLEGHENY will finally open its 2015 campaign this week, taking part in the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. Allegheny will play a 10-game schedule in the Sunshine State, before returning home to open up the northern portion of the schedule on March 25 at Grove City.
DENISON opened the 2015 season with a split at the Tucson Invitational Games on Sunday in Tucson, Arizona. The Big Red began the day with an 11-3 loss in five innings to 16th-ranked Central. DU rebounded from the loss with a 10-2 win over Edgewood in five innings. Freshman Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) had a big day in her collegiate debut, going 5-for-6 (.833), including a perfect 4-for-4 in a five-inning victory over Edgewood. Secaras finished with a 1.667 slugging percentage and finished a triple shy of the cycle against the Eagles.
DEPAUW is off to a 7-3 start after splitting a pair of games last weekend with Franklin. The Tigers are currently ranked 25th in the most recent NFCA rankings.
HIRAM picked up its first two wins of the season to finish 2-8 on its spring trip to the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Florida. Junior Kali Stover (Akron, OH/Coventry) paced the Terriers with a .400 batting average.
KENYON is 13-3 to start the season after its spring break trip to Florida. It’s the best start for the Ladies under coach Erin O’Neill who is in her fifth season. The Ladies’ 8-0 win over PIttsburgh-Bradford on March 12 set a new program mark for consecutive wins at eight games.
OBERLIN had its scheduled Sunday doubleheader at Defiance washed out. The Yeowomen, who have yet to play, have now had six games cancelled due to weather. They will hope to open the season Wednesday at home against Ursuline, but will more then likely not play their first games until they depart for spring break this weekend.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 7-3 record on its 10-game spring break last week, including jumping out to a school-record five-game season-opening winning streak. OWU broke the previous mark of four with 9-6 win over 15th-ranked Montclair State in which sophomore shortstop Amanda Boyle (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) and freshman outfielder Ashley Day (Plain City, OH/Jonathan Alder) drove in two runs apiece. The Bishops return to action this week with doubleheaders scheduled with Muskingum (3/18), Adrian (3/21) and Alma (3/22).
WITTENBERG posted an even 5-5 record during Spring Break action in Florida, picking up wins over Wheaton (IL), Simmons, Manhattanville, Fontbonne and Millikin thanks in many ways to the pitching of freshman Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton), owner of a 3-1 record in eight appearances with one shutout and a 2.21 ERA over 31.2 innings pitched. She allowed just three walks and struck out 16, holding opposing batters to a .246 average. Meanwhile, sophomore Abby Baker (Canfield, OH/Canfield) hit .379 and freshman Charlee Clark (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) led the team with seven RBI on two doubles, one triple and one home run.
During 10 games in Fort Myers, Florida WOOSTER went 6-4. Through eight games, the Scots were 6-2, matching their best start to a season in school history. Georgia Hill (Oakland, CA/Piedmont) batted .387 with four doubles, a home run, and 13 RBI on the week. She had at least one hit in eight of the games, highlighted by two doubles versus Swarthmore, a two-run homer against Wentworth in the first inning and a three-RBI outing against Nichols. In the circle, Maddy Chase (Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) threw just the second perfect game in program history, while going 3-2 overall and posting a 1.91 ERA during a busy week (five total appearances).