North Coast softball squads continued to battle weather as a spring snowstorm hit and only two conference doubleheaders were contested last week. Five teams where unable to see any live game action during the week. There are 12 NCAC doubleheaders scheduled this week, with three on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, two Thursday, four on Saturday and two Sunday.
After four postponements, ALLEGHENY finally was able to open up its northern portion of the schedule with a home doubleheader against Wooster on Wednesday. The Fighting Scots downed the Gators 4-0 in the opener, as Allegheny was limited to just two hits, including a double by Taylor Massart (Sarver, PA/Freeport). In the nightcap, the Gators came back from three deficits to win 7-4 on a walk-off grand slam by senior Hailey Marthaler (Cranberry Twp., PA/Seneca Valley). Marthaler was one of four Gators to record multiple hits, led by junior Alexis Ryan (Claridge, PA/Penn-Trafford), who went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Allie Cabo (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) earned the complete game win in the circle, allowing just two earned runs with three K’s.
DEPAUW is one of two remaining teams unbeaten in NCAC play after sweeping Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday. For the week, DePauw hit .377, while allowing opponents just a .198 batting average. The Tigers also posted a 1.87 earned run average. Liz Getz (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) batted .727 (8-11) for the week with four doubles, a homer, six RBI and four stolen bases. She went 4-for-5 in the Ohio Wesleyan doubleheader. Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) batted .538 (7-13) for the week with three homers and seven RBI. She has now homered in three straight games for her first three round trippers of the year.
OHIO WESLEYAN was swept by DePauw last week in the Bishops lone doubleheader. Sophomore catcher Erin Ferguson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) went 2-for-5 at the plate on the day with four RBI to lead OWU.
WOOSTER sophomore Maddy Chase (Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) fired her third shutout of the year in Wednesday’s split at Allegheny. The right-hander only allowed three hits in the 4-0 win, and was really backed up by the defense who helped the ace retire the last 14 batters of the game without the aid of a single strikeout. The win snapped Allegheny’s eight-game win streak in the series.