North Coast softball squads wrapped up spring break trips last week, as eight teams open up the conference portion of their schedules this Saturday. Highlights include, DePauw (6-4) traveling to Kenyon (19-3) and Hiram (2-10) hosting Denison (6-4). Additionally, Wooster (9-7) and Allegheny (4-6) will hit the road to square off against Oberlin (1-5) and Ohio Wesleyan (8-5), respectively.
ALLEGHENY opened up the 2015 season at the National Training Center Games in Clermont, Florida, returning north with a 4-6 overall record. Junior infielder Belle Mazurik (Saegertown, PA/Saegertown) led the Gator offense, recording at least one hit in eight of the 10 games to post a .387 batting average (12-for-31) with a team-best nine runs scored. Allie Landowski (Lower Burrell, PA/Burrell) hit .370 in the 10 games, going 10-for-27 with four doubles, while Sadie Stuart (Jamestown, NY/Falconer Central) batted .346 with four doubles, and Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) an even .300 with a team-best nine RBI. Sophomore Allie Cabo (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) led the pitching staff, going 1-0 with one save and a 3.23 ERA in five appearances.
DENISON went 5-3 last week in Tucson, Ariz., highlighted by an 8-7 victory over 16th-ranked Central (Iowa) on Monday. On the week, sophomore Lindsey Kenyon (East Amherst, NY/Williamsville North) and senior Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) both hit at least .500 and posted a slugging percentage over .730. Kenyon led the team with a .522 (12-for-23) average with three extra-base hits, seven runs and seven RBI. Rooney hit .500 (13-for-26) with seven doubles and eight runs scored. Inside the circle, freshman Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) went a perfect 3-0 after not allowing an earned run in 19 innings. Secaras struck out 13 batters, allowed 10 hits and held opposing hitters to a .149 average over the course of four appearances. Offensively, she had an .818 slugging percentage with three doubles, two homers and eight RBI.
DEPAUW has tested itself early in its non-conference schedule as five of the Tigers’ 13 games thus far have been against ranked opponents, including last week against No. 7 Trine and No. 2 Salisbury. Emma Baldwin (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) has struck out 49 batters in 38 innings in her first season as a Tiger.
HIRAM lost a pair of one-run games at Westminster on Saturday. In the first game, five different Terriers collected two hits in a 7-6 loss. Senior Janie Linger (Akron, OH/Firestone) blasted her first homer of the season. In Game two, junior Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge, OH/Mineral Ridge) fired a complete game, giving up just one run on three hits.
KENYON swept doubleheaders from Otterbein, Houghton, and Marietta last week to run its win streak to 15 games and its overall record to 19-3. During those six games, senior Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) hit .565 with three home runs and also went 4-0 with a 2.08 earned run average in the pitchers circle.
OBERLIN opened the season with a split at home against Ursuline before heading south to Florida for spring break. In the home opener, Dana Rae Goldstein (Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) led the Yewomen offensively, going 4-for-6 on the day with two doubles and two RBI against the Arrows. Through six games, the Yeowomen are 1-5 and look to close out their spring break swing on a positive note with six more contest scheduled this week before returning home to host Wooster on Sunday, the NCAC opener for both schools.
OHIO WESLEYAN was swept by Muskingum last Wednesday, but rebounded to pick up a split with Adrian on Saturday. In the win over Adrian, Erin Ferguson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) and Lilly Gresh (Westerville, OH/North) launched back-to-back homers during a three-run fourth inning for Ohio Wesleyan’s first back-to-back home runs since April 17, 2008. The Bishops will host a pair of doubleheaders this week, Otterbein on Wednesday and then open up NCAC play with Allegheny on Saturday.
WITTENBERG split a pair with Thomas More over the weekend, winning 3-2 in the first game thanks to a complete-game effort from freshman Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton), who allowed just one earned run on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts, while freshman Lindsay Blair (Delaware, OH/Hayes) knocked a two-run home run and sophomore Abby Baker (Canfield, OH/Canfield) singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth.
WOOSTER dropped three of four last week, but still closed out its spring break trip in Florida with a 9-7 overall record. Senior Carly Schoenstein (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) hit .571 (8-for-14) to pace Wooster at the plate and did not make an error defensively at shortstop during four games.