The North Coast softball schedule continued last week with DePauw (5-1, 14-9) sweeping Denison (2-2, 10-10) on Tuesday and splitting with Hiram (1-1, 4-12) on Sunday to remain atop the league standings. Conference play continues this week with one doubleheader scheduled Monday, four Wednesday, four Saturday and one on Sunday.
Seeing its first action in two weeks due to a spate of inclement weather, ALLEGHENY was swept by Denison in its opening NCAC series, falling 2-0 in a pitcher’s duel of an opener, and 6-3 in the nightcap. In game one, senior Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) was sharp in the circle, allowing just four hits and striking out three, but the Gator offense managed to muster just five hits. In the nightcap, the Gators led 2-0 after three innings of play, before the Big Red broke it open with six runs in the fifth, five of which were unearned.
DENISON opened its first week of conference play with a 2-2 record after dropping two games at DePauw and sweeping a doubleheader against Allegheny. Senior Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) paced the DU offense with four hits, including two doubles, with two runs. Freshman pitcher Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) posted a 1.08 ERA after allowing two earned runs in 13 innings. Secaras went 1-1, which included her third shutout of the season in game one against Allegheny.
DEPAUW is 14-9 overall and 5-1 in the NCAC after going 3-1 during the week. The Tigers hit .381 for the week, while holding opponents to just .202 average. Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) hit .800 (8-for-10), while Lindsey Button (Ballwin, MO/Lafayette) batted .667 (8-for-12). The Tigers posted a pair of shutouts in Tuesday’s sweep of Denison. Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) posted a 0.50 ERA in 14 innings, while Emma Baldwin (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) had a 0.72 ERA in 9.2 innings.
HIRAM opened NCAC play with a split against DePauw. In Game one, the Terriers used a 3-run rally to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth, but DePauw answered with three in the seventh for the win. Senior Miranda Wright (Richfield, OH/Revere) and junior Nicole Hoy (Brunswick, OH/Brunswick) each collected two hits. In Game two, Hiram trailed 7-1 entering the fifth, before scoring seven unanswered runs, including four in the seventh, to win 8-7. Junior Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge, OH/Mineral Ridge) went 2-for-2 with three RBI and also fired four innings in relief, striking out two for her first win of the season.
KENYON split a conference doubleheader with Oberlin on Saturday. The Yeowomen won game one, 3-2, but the Ladies bounced back with a 15-6 win in game two. During the doubleheader, junior Jane Ghublikian (Dorchester, MA/Milton Academy) was 5-for-8 (.625) and senior Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) set Kenyon career records for at-bats (494) and runs scored (106).
OBERLIN went 1-3 last week in NCAC action, bouncing back from being swept by Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday to split with Kenyon on Saturday. Senior Katie Pieplow (Rescue, CA/Ponderosa) picked up the win, throwing seven complete innings, surrendering two runs on five hits to help the Yeowomen to their first NCAC victory of the 2015 campaign, 3-2. The win marked Peiplow’s second of the season.
OHIO WESLEYAN opened up its first week of NCAC play with a 2-2 record, picking up up a sweep of Oberlin before falling in a pair of games against Wittenberg. In the doubleheader sweep of Oberlin, junior Sarah Flint (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) went 3-for-7 at the plate with five RBI and one run scored. Flint also plus picked up a win in the circle, pitching a one-hitter in the first contest against the Yeowomen.
Freshman Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) recorded WITTENBERG'S third no-hitter since 2011 in a 3-0 win over Wooster and helped her own effort by collecting three hits in four plate appearances and driving in one run. She finished the week with a 2-0 record with 15 strikeouts and only three walks, 17 hits and eight earned runs allowed in 23 innings in the circle, while hitting at a torrid pace of .714 with 10 hits in 14 at-bats, including two home runs and a double for seven RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.214. The Tigers finished the week with a 3-1 record after splitting with Wooster and sweeping Ohio Wesleyan 5-1, and 12-8.
WOOSTER went 1-3 last week, splitting its first NCAC doubleheader of the season with Wittenberg and then getting swept in a pair of pitchers’ duels with Case Western Reserve. Senior catcher Paige Goldberg (Hawthorn Woods, IL/Lake Zurich) led Wooster at the plate with a .357 average (5-for-14) on the week, which included one triple.