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, 11-8) swept Kenyon (0-2, 19-5) in Greencastle on Sunday afternoon. There are nine NCAC double-headers scheduled this week with four each on Tuesday and Saturday and one on Friday. Be sure to check the softball page on the NCAC website throughout the week for the latest schedule updates.
ALLEGHENY was idle last week. The Gators are scheduled to return to action on Saturday as they open up NCAC play on the road at Denison.
DENISON senior Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) paced the Big Red offense with a .615 batting average (8-for-13) and a .769 slugging percentage in four starts last week. Rooney finished the week with two doubles, two runs and an RBI to go along with 11 putouts and 11 assists at third base. Freshman Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) also tossed a three-hit shutout in DU’s lone victory against Muskingum, 2-0.
DEPAUW is 11-8 on the season and on a three-game winning streak after snapping Kenyon’s 15-game win streak with a doubleheader sweep. For the week, DePauw hit .313 and slugged .588 with 13 homers in the six games, including seven in the Kenyon doubleheader. Six different players homered during the week.
HIRAM split a doubleheader with John Carroll and saw two other doubleheaders postponed due to weather. Against John Carroll, senior Miranda Wright (Richfield, OH/Revere) blasted her first homer of the season in a 5-2 loss. In Hiram’s 7-5 win, junior Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge, OH/Mineral Ridge) fired three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out three to pick up the save.
KENYON opened NCAC action Sunday and dropped a doubleheader to DePauw. Senior Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) had a two-run homer and junior Lindsey Susolik (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) had two hits, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Tigers, who chalked up 8-0 and 14-5 wins.
OBERLIN struggled in Clermont, Florida finishing 0-9. The young team showed promise with tough contests against national power Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-4, on their first day of competition. The Yeowomen also dropped close contests to D’Youville, 2-0, and RIT, 2-1, before returning home. Oberlin already has a makeup game as snow postponed their matchup with the College of Wooster, scheduled for this past Sunday. They will host three straight NCAC opponents in the coming week.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a non-conference doubleheader last week against Otterbein. Freshman Kayla Richard (Minster, OH/Minster) hit .800 (4-for-5) at the plate with a home run and two RBI along with seven total bases and four runs scored. Ohio Wesleyan is scheduled to open up NCAC play this week at Oberlin on Tuesday.
WITTENBERG split with Capital before falling in two games against Case. Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) picked up the pitching victory against Capital in a complete-game, three-hit outing.
WOOSTER ended up being idle last week, as both of its scheduled doubleheaders were postponed.