Heading into the final week of the regular season, DePauw (12-0, 22-13) holds a three game lead over Denison (9-3, 20-12) and Wittenberg (7-3, 25-6-1) for the top spot in league standings. With all four tournament spots still up in the air, North Coast action continues this week with four doubleheaders scheduled for Tuesday, two on Friday and the league schedule concluding on Saturday with three final doubleheaders.
ALLEGHENY struggled to a 1-5 week, splitting a Wednesday twinbill at Oberlin, before suffering back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Kenyon and Wittenberg. Junior Taylor Massart (Sarver, PA/Freeport) batted .421 on the week, including a 7-for-11 mark over the two weekend sets. Freshman Sarah Rogan (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) had six hits on the week, including two doubles and a triple, while scoring four runs.
DENISON went 3-1 on the week to improve to 9-3 in NCAC play after a sweep of Ohio Wesleyan and a split with Wooster. Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) went 4-for-12 (.333) with two home runs, 7 RBI and four runs scored. She hit a grand slam in game one versus OWU. Sarah Herold (Orland Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game one versus the Bishops. She went 2-0 on the week.
DEPAUW extended its win streak to a season-long 11, before losing at John Carroll in game two on Sunday. The Tigers held Wittenberg to just one hit in each game of a doubleheader sweep and limited opponents to a .160 batting average for the week, while hitting .308. Emma Baldwin (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) struck out 26 in 17.1 innings, while Liz Getz (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) hit .529 (9-17) and Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) batted .450 (9-20) with two homers and eight RBI.
HIRAM stayed in the thick of the NCAC Tournament picture by splitting doubleheaders with Wooster and OWU last week. Senior Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge, OH/Mineral Ridge) collected two wins in the circle and also helped her cause at the plate, collecting six hits and driving in four runs.
KENYON packed six home games in last week. After being swept by Ohio Wesleyan and Case during the week, the Ladies bounced back with a weekend sweep of Allegheny. Throughout those six games, senior Jane Ghublikian (Dorchester, MA/Milton Academy) was 12-for-20 (.600) with six runs scored and four RBI. In the circle, freshman Austen Whibley (Silver Spring, MD/Albert Einstein) threw 24 innings and went 2-2, while striking out 15 batters.
OBERLIN notched its first NCAC win of the season, beating Allegheny 3-0 behind freshman Hannah Rasmussen’s (Oberlin, OH / Oberlin) complete-game, five-hit shutout last Wednesday. However, the Gators bounced back to win game-two, 9-4.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 1-3 record last week, splitting a doubleheader with Hiram last Wednesday, before falling in a pair of games against Denison on Saturday. In the win over Hiram, Sarah Flint (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) fired a five-hitter in the circle and helped her own cause when she singled in a run in the first inning. The Bishops return to the diamond Tuesday when they host Oberlin for a pair of contests.
WITTENBERG posted a 2-2 record last week, being swept by DePauw on Wednesday, before bouncing back to take a pair of games against Allegheny on Sunday. The highlight of the week came from sophomore hurler Abby Haab (Dublin, OH/Jerome). The righty dominated the Gators in game two, tossing a seven-inning perfect game for the Tigers, something that has not happened since 2011. The perfect game featured 10 strikeouts from Haab, as the Tiger pitcher was able to sit all 21 batters down in order on Sunday. Haab needed just 93 pitches to complete the feat, as 73 of which were strikes.
WOOSTER senior Taylor Raybuck (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) set the program’s single-season walks record with her 23rd of the year to leadoff the bottom of the first in Wooster’s 2-1 win over Denison last Wednesday. She now has 26 walks on the year. Maddy Chase (Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) struck out three in the top of the seventh to secure the win after Bridget Serrurier (Morton, IL/Morton) knocked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Wooster is now 6-6 in conference play going into the final week of NCAC action after posting a 2-4 record last week.