Spring Break trips for North Coast teams wrap up this week with the first weekend of conference play scheduled to open up Saturday, April 2nd.
At the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Florida, ALLEGHENY opened with a 2-4 mark through the first three days of the trip. A pair of seniors have led the Gator offense, as Allie Landowski (Lower Burrell, PA/Burrell) and Hailey Marthaler (Cranberry Twp., PA/Seneca Valley) are each hitting at a .400 clip. Junior Taylor Massart (Sarver, PA/Freeport) has racked a pair of doubles, while classmate Alexis Ryan (Claridge, PA/Penn-Trafford) has driven in a team-best seven RBI. Junior Miranda Arison (New Salem, PA/Brownsville) has made three starts in the circle, logging a 2.29 ERA in 18 innings, highlighted by a complete-game, five-hit, seven-strikeout performance in the Gators’ 4-1 win over W&J.
DENISON returns from Tucson, Ariz., with a 4-6 record after going 4-4 over the final eight games of the trip. During that eight-game span, sophomore Sarah Herold (Orland Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) and freshman Amanda Howell (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) both hit over .460 with 17 total bases on the week. Herold went 15-for-31 (.484) with two doubles, 12 runs, three RBI and was a perfect 8-for-8 on the base paths. She is also currently riding an 11-game hitting streak with dates back to last year’s NCAC Tournament Championship game. Howell hit .462 (12-for-26) with five doubles, eight RBI and five runs to go along with a .654 slugging percentage. Inside the circle, sophomore Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) went 2-0 in two starts with 15 strikeouts across 16.1 innings pitched. Secaras fanned a career-high 11 batters in a 3-2 victory over George Fox.
DEPAUW has won four of the last five and are 5-8 on the season. Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) leads the way with a .410 batting average. Emma Baldwin (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) and Brook Bandy (Elmhurst, IL/York) have each recorded two wins in the circle.
HIRAM used a pair of sixth inning rallies to post its first two wins of the season against Westminster last week. In the first game, the Terriers scored six times in the sixth to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 10-5 win. Junior Emily Syrjala (Seattle, WA/Seattle Prep) went 3-for-3 with three RBI and junior Brittany Zajac (Corry, PA/Corry) also had three hits. In Game two, the Terriers broke a 1-1 tie by scoring four times in the sixth for a 5-1 win. Senior Jessica Wahl (Akron, OH/Ellet) tallied two hits and freshman Makenzie Dombrowski (Streetsboro, OH/Streetsboro) fired a complete game for her first-career win ... The Ladies are 9-7 to open the season after their spring break trip.
KENYON'S offense has been solid so far ranking second in the NCAC in batting average and first in runs scored. Defensively, the Ladies’ pitching staff has some work to do as they have a 5.32 ERA which is fifth in the league.
OBERLIN opened its Spring Break trip in Florida last Sunday by dropping a pair non-conference contests to St. Lawrence and Southern Maine. The Yeowomen will continue their trip through the week with nine games scheduled through Saturday.
OHIO WESLEYAN split two non-conference double-headers last week to post a 2-2 record against Muskingum and Mount Union. Sophomore Erin Ferguson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) led the Bishops at the plate over the week, batting .385 with five hits, nine RBI, a home run and two runs scored. Senior lefthander Sarah Flint (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) and Sophomore righthander Allie DeLooze (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) each picked up a win in the circle for OWU.
WITTENBERG posted a 2-1-1 record last week in a pair of non-conference double-headers. Last Friday Wittenberg knocked off Otterbein, 3-0, before the second contest was called due to darkness with the score tied at four. On Sunday, the Tigers suffered their first loss of the season to Thomas More, but responded by winning game two of the series, 3-2.
WOOSTER had a stellar start to its spring trip with a 10-0 blanking of Edgewood last Monday. Freshmen Chelsea Copley (Bidwell, OH/River Valley) belted a two-run homer in her first collegiate at bat, while classmate Bridget Serrurier (Morton, IL/Morton) backed Copley’s big hit up with a two-run double in her second-career at-bat as part of a four-run second inning against Edgewood. In fact, the two freshmen have combined for 21 of Wooster’s 40 RBI thus far this season. In the circle, Maddy Chase (Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) and Jenna Kendall (Marshallville, OH/Smithville) have combined to hurl three shutouts, with Chase not allowing an earned run in her first two starts, and Kendall having a 15.1-inning scoreless streak between March 16-19.