Weather slowed play early in the week, however six NCAC doubleheaders were played over the weekend, led by DePauw (7-1, 17-10) sweeping Oberlin (1-5, 2-17) and Wooster (3-1, 12-10) taking two from Hiram (2-4, 6-16) as the Tigers and Scots sit atop the standings with just a single league loss to this point. Conference play continues this week with three doubleheaders scheduled Tuesday, three Wednesday, one Thursday, four Saturday and one on Sunday.
ALLEGHENY went 3-1 on the weekend, splitting a pair of 3-2 decisions with Wittenberg on Saturday, before sweeping Ohio Wesleyan, 3-1 and 15-5, on Sunday. Senior Caitlin Nealer (New Kensington, PA/Valley) went 3-0 in the circle, earning complete-game victories in the opening game of each set, while also coming on in relief in each of the nightcaps. She struck out 23 in 22 innings and allowed just four earned runs. Nealer also paced the offense, batting .667 (10-for-15) with two doubles and eight RBI, highlighted by going 4-for-6 with five RBI in game two at OWU. In the game two win at Ohio Wesleyan, the Gators racked up 24 hits, with seven players tallying three or more.
DENISON snapped a three-game skid with a 2-1 victory in eight innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Mount St. Joseph on Sunday. Freshman Mckinly Vazquez (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) turned a game-ending double play with a shoe-string catch in center before gunning down a run at the plate in the eighth. Freshman Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) hit .400 on the week, while senior Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored three times and drove in three more in four starts. Sophomore Erin Laswell (Plainfield, IN/Plainfield) picked up the win in DU’s extra-inning victory on Sunday.
DEPAUW improved to 17-10 and 7-1 in the NCAC after taking three of four contests last week, sweeping Oberlin and splitting with John Carroll. The Tigers batted .410 in the three games, led by Linsey Button (Ballwin, MO/Lafayette) and Elizabeth Getz (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) who each batted .636. Button homered twice and drove in nine runs and posted a 1.364 slugging percentage. Button is now batting .463 on the season, including .625 (15-24) in conference. Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) tossed a five-inning no-hitter versus Oberlin, while Emma Baldwin (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) didn’t give up an earned run in 8.0 innings. DePauw posted a 1.01 ERA in the four games.
HIRAM went 2-4 on the week. On Monday, the Terriers got the offense rolling, scoring 12 runs in a victory over Kenyon. The Terriers would drop the second game of the doubleheader and also were swept at Wooster on Saturday. On Sunday, Hiram rolled to a 7-1 win over Baldwin Wallace in the first game, but fell in the second contest 12-0. Junior Jessica Wahl (Akron, OH/Ellet) paced Hiram in game one, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
KENYON went 3-1 last week, earning a sweep against Ohio Wesleyan which set the program record for wins in a season (23). The Ladies capped off the week by splitting against Wittenberg at home. Lindsey Susolik’s (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) two homers and seven RBI were team bests last week for the Ladies. She went 4-for-8 with six RBI in Kenyon’s doubleheader sweep at Ohio Wesleyan. Senior Maddy Stark (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) had her best performance of the week in the circle in Kenyon’s 3-2 victory over Wittenberg. She tossed a complete game, allowed just one earned run and fanned eight batters.
OBERLIN dropped its weekend doubleheaders to both DePauw and Franklin. The Yeowomen suffered a no-hit shutout in game one at DePauw, before suffering second run-rule loss in Greencastle. Franklin took game one from the Yeowomen, lighting up the Oberlin pitching staff to take game two by run-rule.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 0-4 last week after being swept by both Kenyon and Allegheny. The Bishops have now lost six-straight and will look to bounce back this week with doubleheaders scheduled with Wooster, DePauw and Case.
WITTENBERG split two conference doubleheaders last weekend, first to Allegheny and then to Kenyon, all on the road. Junior Shannon Lance (Loveland, OH/Kings) batted .500 on the week with six hits, including two doubles, three RBI and two walks.
WOOSTER sophomore Linea Brouse (Milton, PA/Milton Area) went 5-for-6 with one double and six RBI, and also walked twice to lead the Scots to a sweep of Hiram last week. She gave the Scots a commanding 7-0 lead with a two-run single during the opener and later added an RBI double. In the nightcap, Brouse was a perfect 3-for-3, singling in a run during the first inning, walking in the third, singling in the fifth and driving in two critical insurance runs with a single in the sixth.